Everyone’s Favorite Pasta Salad

If there’s one dish you have to make this weekend – it’s this! 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 exactly how I make it. Enjoy!

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

+ Drizzle of your favorite Italian salad dressing (anything you love most will work well in this – you can also use the homemade dressing recipe below!)

+Salt & pepper to taste

+ Crushed red pepper if you like a little spice


+ 1/4 cup EVOO

+ 2-3 tbsp. red wine vinegar

+ 1 clove garlic, crushed

+ 2 tsp. dried oregano

+ Salt & pepper to taste (generously season)


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. Add the garbanzo beans, cilantro, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, celery, bell peppers, Parmigiano Reggiano, Asiago and salami.

3. Top with a drizzle of olive oil and Italian dressing. Season with salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

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