Italian Antipasto Pasta Salad is delicious and easy with creamy Italian dressing, cheese, salami, olives, tomatoes, bell peppers and pasta that’s the perfect addition to your summer menus!
Italian Antipasto Pasta Salad is a mix of two of my favorite sides, your favorite Antipasto Salad (including my version of Olive Garden’s creamy salad dressing!) and Pasta Salad.
Italian takeout is our second favorite go-to when we don’t want to cook (our first is Chinese food which is why you guys find SO MANY Chinese food copy cat recipes on this site). One of our favorite places in Los Angeles to order from has an Antipasto Salad we order in multiples because everyone fights over it instead of the pastas and garlic bread.
Looking for more summery side dishes?
- Hawaiian Macaroni Salad
- Broccoli Raisin Salad
- Easy Greek Pasta Salad
- Mexican Avocado BLT Pasta Salad
- 10 Minute Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad
Yes, you’re serving this as a cold Antipasto Pasta Salad, it doesn’t work as well warm since it’s a mix of salad flavors and pasta. Its totally easy to make and it is perfect for a crowd!
If you wanted you could even make this into an Antipasto Salad Platter:
- Mix the pasta with the dressing and add it to a long rectangular platter.
- Add the additional ingredients in little groups around the edges of the platter.
- Drizzle extra dressing over the rest of the ingredients.
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Tools Used in the making of this Italian Antipasto Pasta Salad:
Tricolor Rotini: This isn’t necessary but adds a fun addition of flavor and color, you can of course use plain rotini or my favorite corkscrew pasta, Cellentani.
AllSpice Spice Rack: I use this spice rack and fill up the bottles with freshly purchased spices. It’s basically one of the most beautiful things in my kitchen and when you’re working with a large quantity of spices, not having to hunt and peck through your cupboards makes everything go at warp speed.
White Wine Vinegar: Anytime I use white vinegar or white wine vinegar in a recipe I get questions about this so I wanted to point out that there is a significant difference between the two vinegars. White wine vinegar is MUCH milder and sweeter than plain white vinegar. If you swap them thinking there isn’t much of a difference you’ll absolutely have a different flavor than expected.
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon marjoram
- 1 pound tricolor rotini pasta
- 1/2 pound salami thickly sliced
- 8 ounces mozzarella cheese diced
- 2 vine tomatoes diced
- 8 ounces pitted black olives medium
- 1 green bell pepper sliced thinly
- 4 ounces artichokes sliced in ½ inch pieces
- Mix the olive oil, white wine vinegar, mayonnaise, lemon juice, Parmesan cheese, garlic salt, dried basil, dried oregano and dried marjoram in a small bowl and whisk until well combined.
- In a large bowl add the pasta, salami, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, black olives, green bell pepper and artichokes.
- Add the dressing and toss gently.