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.
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.
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.
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
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
Into the Pasta I suggest using fresh when called for (like with the basil)
and combine add the dressing and mix well.
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.
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.
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.
Fast & Easy Pizza Pasta Salad : The perfect Summer Salad Recipe
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!
- 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
- Mix the cherry tomatoes, red onion, white button mushrooms, green bell pepper, sliced Pepperoni Mozzarella cheese, basil and pasta .
- 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
Can substitute pasta with another small type (Ie rotini, penne,etc.)
Can also use other kinds of tomatoes.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 262Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 546mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 10g
Comments & Reviews
Tomi C says
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.
Calvin F. says
This is an awesome idea, a nice twist . I like the combo of these two . My favorite dishes in a salad! Nice.
monique s says
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
Ronald Gagnon says
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
Lynne B says
I can taste the tang of the dressing already!
Sarah L says
Such great flavors in this salad. Will be great for summer meals.
Lauryn R says
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!
Caroline Duggan says
This looks so good and easy! Definitely going to try this with my family!
Laurie Arnheim says
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!!!!
Sue E says
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!
Deborah D says
I am making this for our memorial day picnic.
Sandra Watts says
That looks so refreshingly good! Would be a great dish to pass at the picnic.