Everyone’s Favorite Pasta Salad

Everyone's Favorite Pasta Salad recipe

If there’s one dish you have to make this weekend, it’s Everyone’s Favorite Pasta Salad! Our family has been making this delicious recipe for years and it’s SO easy! It’s also flavorful, crunchy, crisp and colorful. The PERFECT dish for entertaining and it’s a hit at every party. Not to mention, it holds up great in the fridge. We always love having it on hand and the leftovers only get better.

Here’s a video of how I made Everyone’s Favorite Pasta Salad! For another delicious pasta salad, check out my Creamy Lemon Parmesan Pasta Salad recipe.

What You'll Need:

+ 1 pack fusilli pasta

+ 1/2 can garbanzo beans (whole can if you prefer)

+ 1/2 cup cilantro chopped

+ 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved

+ 1 cup cucumbers, quartered and sliced

+ 1/2 cup red onion diced

+ 1/2 cup celery diced

+ 1/2 cup to 1 cup bell peppers diced (any or all colors)

+ 1/2 cup cup Parmigiano Reggiano, cubed

+ 1/2 cup Asiago, shredded

+ 1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano, finely grated

+ 1/2 – 1 cup salami, cubed

+ Drizzle of olive oil

+ 1/2 cup EVOO

+ 6 tbsp. red wine vinegar OR white wine vinegar

+ 1 clove garlic, grated

+ 1 tsp. dried oregano

+ 1 tsp. dried basil

+ ½ tsp. crushed red pepper (optional)

+ Salt & pepper to taste (season generously)

+ Pinch of sugar

* Or a drizzle of your favorite Italian salad dressing (anything you love most will work well in this)


1. Cook your pasta, drain and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Make sure your pasta is pretty al dente, it will hold up much better! Also, season the pasta before adding the rest of the ingredients for extra flavor and adjust by tasting throughout.

2. In a large mixing bowl, add all dressing ingredients and whisk until emulsified.

3. Add the garbanzo beans, cilantro, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, celery, bell peppers, Parmigiano Reggiano, Asiago and salami. Thoroughly combine and serve chilled!

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