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Antipasto Rotini Salad is an easy recipe to make for your family in the spring or summer. Tri-colored rotini with my favorite antipasto ingredients–green and black olives, red onion, carrots, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, pepperoni, marinated artichokes, and fresh mozzarella. Then marinated in a creamy Italian dressing. It’s perfect for a family barbecue, picnic, or church potluck.

Antipasto Salad in a Covered Container

The first time I tried this pasta salad was probably back when I was in high school. Many years ago. But at the time, I thought it was an amazing dish. Unlike anything I’d ever tasted with cute squiggly pasta!  

Barilla Tri-Color Rotini

My selections at the grocery store has evolved since then. Many more choices available on the shelves. Like Tri-Color Rotini. And the availability of canned artichoke hearts and fresh mozzarella! Who knew the possibilities!

WHAT IS ANTIPASTO?

Some people may refer to this recipe simply as a Pasta Salad. But when you think about it, this salad has many antipasto ingredients that I love on an antipasto platter!

Antipasto means a dish that is served before the main meal. It’s taken from the Latin root “anti”, which means before, and “pastus,” which means meal. So, before the meal.

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Ingredients for Antipasto Rotini Salad

(See the full recipe at the bottom of this post.)

  • tri-colored or plain rotini
  • marinated artichoke hearts
  • grape tomatoes
  • green and black olives
  • red onion
  • carrots
  • green bell pepper
  • fresh mozzarella pearls, optional but really good
  • sliced pepperoni
  • creamy Italian dressing
  • freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
  • dried Italian seasoning
  • seasoning salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions for Making This Salad

Ingredients for this Recipes

Gather your ingredients so you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

Prepare the Ingredients

Prepare the Ingredients

With a sharp knife and cutting board, slice the grape tomatoes and green and black olives in half. Dice the red onion. Peel and dice the carrot. Dice the green bell pepper.

Halve the pepperoni slices.

Using a fine-edge grater, grate the fresh Parmesan. If you don’t have any fresh Parmesan, feel free to use Parmesan that has already been grated.

Make and Assemble the Salad

In a medium saucepan, cook the Tri-Colored Rotini according to package directions. Empty the cooked pasta into a colander. Rinse with cold water and drain.

If you don’t have Tri-Colored Veggie Rotini you may substitute plain rotini. However, I think the colored rotini really gives this salad a nice pop of color. 

Drain and Rinse the Rotini Pasta and Add to Vegetables

In a large bowl, combine the drained artichoke hearts, whole cherry tomatoes, halved black olives, chopped onion, diced carrots and green bell peppers, and sliced pepperoni.

Add Creamy Italian Dressing and Seasonings to the Salad

Add drained rotini and toss with creamy Italian dressing. Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, dried Italian seasoning, seasoning salt, and freshly ground black pepper as desired. Stir with a spurtle or wooden spoon to combine.

When I first made this salad, I used regular Italian Dressing, but I really like the taste of the creamy dressing. Feel free to use regular Italian dressing if you want. 

Store Pasta Salad in a Tightly Covered Container in the Refrigerator

Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours before serving to allow the ingredients to blend with each other. Before serving you may need to add some more creamy Italian dressing as the pasta tends to really soak it up.

Serving Antipasto Salad in a Pretty Serving Bowl - Villa Della Luna by Pfaltzgraff

Rotini pasta salad is best served cold. You may refrigerate the salad in a tightly covered container for up to 4 days.

This recipe will serve 8-10 people.

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Antipasto Rotini Salad

Here's an easy and colorful salad recipe to enjoy when the weather turns warm.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Refrigerate: 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 32 minutes
Serving Size 10

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Ingredients 

  • 12 oz. Tri-Colored Rotini (cooked and drained)
  • 14 oz. canned artichoke hearts (drained)
  • 12 whole grape tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 cup green and black olives (halved)
  • 1/2 cup red onion (diced)
  • 1/2 cup carrots (diced)
  • 1/2 medium green bell pepper (diced)
  • 3 oz pepperoni (sliced)
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella pearls
  • 10 oz. creamy Italian dressing
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

Prepare the Ingredients

  • Using a sharp knife and cutting board, slice the grape tomatoes and green and black olives in half.
  • Dice the red onion. Peel and dice the carrot. Dice the green bell pepper.
  • Halve the pepperoni slices.
  • With a sharp-edged zester, grate the fresh Parmesan.

Make and Assemble the Salad

  • In a medium saucepan, cook the Tri-Colored Rotini as directed, approximately 11 minutes. Empty the cooked pasta into a colander. Rinse with cold water and drain.
  • In a large bowl, combine the drained artichoke hearts, halved grape tomatoes and olives, diced red onion, carrot, and green bell pepper, and the sliced pepperoni.
  • Add the drained Rotini and toss with a creamy Italian dressing.
  • Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, dried Italian seasoning, seasoning salt, and freshly ground black pepper as desired. Stir well to combine.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours before serving. Serves 8-10.

Nutrition

Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 1087mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1740IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 172mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I love rotini pasta salad! This recipe looks delicious and reminds me of my family cookouts growing up. I’m going to make it for Labor Day!