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Fast & Easy Pizza Pasta Salad : The perfect Summer Salad Recipe

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This fast and easy Pizza Pasta Salad will be the hit at any event. It takes the delicious flavors of a supreme pizza and brings them to a the table in the form of a delicious pasta dish! It’s’ the perfect summer salad recipe. 

Pizza Pasta Salad recipe: Summer Salad recipe

Fast & Easy Pizza Pasta Salad : The perfect Summer Salad Recipe

Piazza Pasta Salad is one of my favorite dishes out there. It’s one I break out constantly during the Summer months. It’s also a must have at most of my family gatherings and birthday parties. You can serve it by itself as the main meal or as a side to a BBQ party. Pair it with a tasty Coconut Rum Punch and you’re ready to party!  It’s simplicity is mind blowing and the flavors are fantastic.

I don’t think I’ve ever served it at an event where people haven’t asked me for the recipe.

So here it is. I’m putting ” Pen to paper” and posting it not only for myself but for others.

Pizza Pasta Salad recipe: Summer Salad recipe

The original recipe was taken from a Rachel Ray Cookbook back when my oldest was born. It was a simple meal I would make when I didn’t feel like cooking, overwhelmed with a newborn. But needed to eat. It became a giant hit for even my picky husband. Now it’s become a staple in our home along with my Easy red potato salad.

Come over for a BBQ and you’ll see these two salads served at any of my events. 

I’ve altered a few things in this recipe out of simplicity for myself although the end product is still magical.

Her original recipe calls for wagon wheel pasta but honestly, any pasta such as bow tie, ziti or spiral will do. I’ve literally used any I’ve had on hand.

 

Pizza Pasta Salad recipe: Summer Salad recipe

She also asks for plum tomatoes we enjoy cherry better so I added those as well but you can literally use any tomatoes you have on hand as well.

This recipe is SO forgiving.  Best of all it tastes delicious just made or the next day for lunch. Sometimes when I need it for a potluck I will double the batch and save some for lunch that week. It’s even a delicious kids lunch. 

The hard work with this recipe in essence is just chopping up all the ingredients…yes that’s the hardest part.lol  Once you’ve got that done it’s all a mixing game.

So check out below what you’ll need and how to make this delicious masterpiece happen.

 

What you’ll Need to make Pizza Pasta Salad

Cherry Tomatoes or any tomato you have on hand (I’ve used them all for this salad)
1/2 medium red onion, chopped
Pint of sliced white button mushrooms
1 small green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 Bag of pepperonis sliced
2 Cups of cubed  or Shredded Mozzarella cheese
20 leaves fresh basil, torn or thinly sliced
1 pound of bowtie pasta , cooked to al dente and cooled under cold water, then drained

Dressing:
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon Italian dried seasoning
2 rounded tablespoon tomato paste
4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper

I hate chopping,so like I said before that’s the hardest part :D. But all you have to do is chop and mix all the ingredients together
Pizza Pasta Salad recipe

Into the Pasta I suggest using fresh when called for  (like with the basil)

Pizza Pasta Salad recipe: Summer Salad recipe

and combine add the dressing and mix well.

 

Pizza Pasta Salad recipe: Summer Salad recipe

Doesn’t this look Amazing? Yes, it’s as delicious as it looks, and even easier to make.

Eat it alone with a glass of wine, or carbonated water or serve it as part of a brunch, lunch or BBQ spread. I served this along side of sandwiches at my girl’s birthday party but honestly it could be eaten all by Itself.

Pizza Pasta Salad recipe: Summer Salad recipe

So head to the store and grab the ingredients and enjoy this delicious dish for yourself.

Tips for making the Pizza Pasta Salad

Can I make it ahead of time? You sure can! It will taste good even if you make it ahead of time. When you first make it and the pasta is at room temperature/warm you will get more of that pizza flavor but it’s still delicious if you make it ahead of time and eat it then.

 

You can substitute most of the ingredients including the peppers, pasta, mushrooms and tomatoes. You can also remove items you don’t like, such as mushrooms. I also have been known to use other kinds of pasta including but not limited to rotini, ditalini and ziti to name a few. The only one I haven’t tried it with is one of the longer noodles like spaghetti or fettuccine. 

Whatever you decide when you’re done making it just store it in an airtight container and serve when ready. 

Pizza Pasta Salad recipe: Summer Salad recipe

This is definitely an amazing dish that everyone will love! 

Looking for another great summer recipe? Check out my Perfect Grilled Lobster tail recipe. It’s a great tutorial on how to grill a lobster! 

Looking for a sweet dessert to take to a summer gathering? Check out myChocolate & Caramel heath bar poke cake

Pizza Pasta Salad recipe: Summer Salad recipe
Yield: 1

Fast & Easy Pizza Pasta Salad : The perfect Summer Salad Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This fast and easy Pizza Pasta Salad will be the hit at any event. It takes the delicious flavors of a supreme pizza and brings them to a the table in the form of a delicious pasta dish! Perfect for a Summer Meal!

Ingredients

  • Cherry Tomatoes or any tomato you have on hand
  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped

  • Pint of sliced white button mushrooms

  • 1 small green bell pepper, seeded and chopped

  • 1 Bag of pepperonis sliced
  • 
2 Cups of cubed  or Shredded Mozzarella cheese

  • 20 leaves fresh basil, torn or thinly sliced
  • 
1 pound of bowtie pasta , cooked to al dente and cooled under cold water, then drained
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt

  • 1 teaspoon Italian dried seasoning

  • 2 rounded tablespoon tomato paste

  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Pizza Pasta Salad recipe: Summer Salad recipeMix the cherry tomatoes, red onion, white button mushrooms, green bell pepper, sliced Pepperoni  Mozzarella cheese, basil and pasta .
  2. In a separate bowl or salad dressing dish mix the garlic salt,  Italian dried seasoning, tomato paste, red wine vinegar extra-virgin olive oil & black pepper

Notes

Can substitute pasta with another small type (Ie rotini, penne,etc.)

Can also use other kinds of tomatoes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 262Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 546mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 10g
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    August 12, 2018 at 8:42 pm
  • Reply Tomi C

    The pepperoni is a nice touch to a classic pasta salad. This would be perfect for the office potluck. Something new and refreshing for Spring.

    April 25, 2018 at 11:55 pm
  • Reply Calvin F.

    This is an awesome idea, a nice twist . I like the combo of these two . My favorite dishes in a salad! Nice.

    May 16, 2017 at 2:51 pm
  • Reply monique s

    this looks really fun and fresh. I love a good summer salad and adding the pepperoni will sure to make it a favorite of the kids

    May 14, 2017 at 9:41 am
  • Reply Ronald Gagnon

    I love the additions of mushrooms and basil….and it combines two things I love..pizza and pasta….so easy to make and I love that it is served cold

    May 13, 2017 at 9:05 pm
  • Reply Lynne B

    I can taste the tang of the dressing already!

    May 13, 2017 at 8:08 pm
  • Reply Sarah L

    Such great flavors in this salad. Will be great for summer meals.

    May 13, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • Reply Lauryn R

    Yummy!! If there is one type of food that I am a sucker for, it is Italian! I could eat it all day, every day. 🙂 Pasta salad is my absolute favorite in the Summertime, and I LOVE pizza, so this recipe sounds perfect for me. I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

    May 13, 2017 at 2:44 pm
  • Reply Caroline Duggan

    This looks so good and easy! Definitely going to try this with my family!

    May 13, 2017 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Laurie Arnheim

    Pinning! Love that you add the tomato paste and FRESH basil! I love fresh basil, only problem is I try and grow it every year & some kind of insect keeps eating it! Drives me crazy!!!! Anyways…. thank you for the great recipe AGAIN!!!!

    May 13, 2017 at 9:26 am
  • Reply Sue E

    You had me at pizza! This does sound absolutely mouthwatering and easy!
    This salad is also a delicious unique one. I can’t wait to try my cold pizza!

    May 12, 2017 at 11:32 pm
  • Reply Deborah D

    I am making this for our memorial day picnic.

    May 12, 2017 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Sandra Watts

    That looks so refreshingly good! Would be a great dish to pass at the picnic.

    May 12, 2017 at 2:12 pm
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