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Italian Broccoli and Pasta Salad Recipe

This Italian Broccoli and Pasta Salad Recipe is to die for!  It is simple too which makes it even better!  I love to make it for parties and picnics.  It is filling so it could be used as a main dish or a side. It is the best cold pasta salad recipe I have ever made.

white bowl on a green background filled with tri color pasta mixed with broccoli, tomatoes, and peppers. There is a text overlay that says italian broccoli and pasta salad recipe.

Italian Broccoli and Pasta Salad Recipe

Ingredients –

16 oz tricolor rotini pasta
One head of broccoli, cut into smaller pieces
One large tomato diced
1/2 jar of olives, sliced
Two medium-sized cucumbers, peeled and diced
(2) 16 oz bottles of Kraft Zesty Italian dressing
salt & pepper to taste

white bowl on a green napkin background filled with an Italian Broccoli and Pasta Salad of tri color pasta mixed with broccoli, tomatoes, and peppers. There is a spoon on the right.
 

Directions –

#1. Cook the pasta according to package directions (about 9-11 minutes), drain and rinse the pasta under cold water. Let the pasta sit and cool while you are preparing the veggies.

To prepare your vegetables just cut them up into small pieces your desired size.  Some people like them smaller and others larger so much chop them to your taste and style and they will still be fine.  I suggest the broccoli be cut up into bite size pieces and left as whole as possible just for looks.

#2. Once the pasta has completely cooled to room temperature, place in a large bowl. Add in the veggies and carefully mix.

white bowl on a green napkin background filled with an Italian Broccoli and Pasta Salad of tri color pasta mixed with broccoli, tomatoes, and peppers. There is a spoon on the right.

#3. Add in one 16 oz bottle of the Zesty Italian dressing and continue to stir gently until all the pasta and veggies are coated.
#4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
#5. Cover and place in the fridge for a few hours to chill. Add extra dressing if needed.

Italian Broccoli Pasta Salad Printable Recipe

white bowl on a green background filled with tri color pasta mixed with broccoli, tomatoes, and peppers. There is a text overlay that says italian broccoli and pasta salad recipe.

Italian Broccoli and Pasta Salad Recipe

Melissa @ Living a Frugal Life
Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 13 mins
Course Appetizer, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Cook the pasta according to package directions (about 9-11 minutes), drain and rinse the pasta under cold water. Let the pasta sit and cool while you are preparing the veggies.

To prepare vegetables

  • Cut them up into small pieces your desired size. Some people like them smaller and others larger so chop them to your taste and style and they will still be fine. I suggest the broccoli be cut up into bite size pieces and left as whole as possible just for looks.

After pasta has cooled to room temperature

  • Place the pasta in a large bowl. Add in the veggies and carefully mix.
  • Add in one 16 oz bottle of the Zesty Italian dressing and continue to stir gently until all the pasta and veggies are coated.
  • Add salt & pepper to taste.
  • Cover and place in the fridge for a few hours to chill. Add extra dressing if needed.
Keyword easy, fast, Italian Broccoli and pasta salad, italian dressing, Pasta, quick
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