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Pizza Pasta Salad is the summer side dish your whole family will agree on! Loaded up with all of your favorite pizza toppings, this hearty salad tastes just like your favorite pizza. We’re always in need of new summer side dishes that pair well with the grill and Pizza Pasta Salad fits the bill perfectly. Keep it traditional like we did, or make it your own by adding your favorite pizza toppings. Try adding black olives, fresh peppers, mushrooms, or even a little fresh basil from the garden. Yum!!! You’ll be the hit of your next party with Pizza Pasta Salad on the menu.
Here’s all you’ll need: bowtie pasta, cherry tomatoes, cheddar cheese cubes, mozzarella cheese cubes, sliced pepperoni, canola oil, Parmesan cheese, red wine vinegar, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper.
Did I mention this recipe comes together quickly and can be prepared ahead of time? Bonus! If you can boil water, cook pasta, and slice veggies and cheese, then you got this! Start by prepping the tomatoes, green onions, and cheese. Cut the tomatoes in half, slice the green onions and cube the cheeses.
Next cook the pasta according to package directions. We used bowties because I love their fun shape but of course you any similar sized pasta. Rotini (spiral pasta), Rigatoni, Rotelle (wagon wheels) or even Cavatappi would work great! Drain, rinse, and cool the pasta, then add it to a large mixing bowl. We’ll be adding A LOT of toppings so the bigger the bowl the better!!
Here come those toppings!! Add the pepperoni slices, green onions, tomatoes, cheeses and any extra pizza toppings of your choosing to the bowl. Yum, yum, yum!! I’m ready to dive right in.
Now let’s make that dressing! I love using a homemade dressing rather than bottled. This one’s a cinch to make and jam packed with amazing flavor. Combine the canola oil, Parmesan cheese, red wine vinegar, garlic powder, oregano, and salt and pepper in a small bowl. Mix it all up and you’ve got yourself an easy peasy delicious dressing.
Pour the dressing over pasta salad to cover and toss to coat. Make sure to get the toppings distributed nice and evenly. I want a little bit of everything on my plate! Cover and refrigerate for an hour or until ready to serve.
Pizza Pasta Salad like almost any pasta salad really soaks up that dressing. If you plan on making ahead of time, I’d add the dressing the morning of or a few hours before you’re ready to serve.
Isn’t she gorgeous??? Pizza Pasta Salad tastes as good as it looks! I bet you’ll be going for seconds. Looking for more summer sides? Try our Sweet and Tangy Macaroni Salad or Foil Packet Italian Veggies next!
Pizza Pasta Salad
- 1 box bowtie macaroni
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 8 ounces cheddar cheese, cubed
- 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, cubed
- 4 green onions, sliced
- 3 ounces sliced pepperoni
- 3/4 cup canola oil
- 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Step 1 Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse, and cool the pasta, then add it to a large mixing bowl.
- Step 2 Add the pepperoni slices, green onions, tomatoes, cheeses and any extra pizza toppings of your choosing to the bowl.
- Step 3 Combine the canola oil, Parmesan cheese, red wine vinegar, garlic powder, oregano, and salt and pepper in a small bowl. Mix well.
- Step 4 Pour the dressing over pasta salad to cover and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or until ready to serve. Enjoy!
- Step 5 **Pizza Pasta Salad like almost any pasta salad really soaks up that dressing. If you plan on making ahead of time, I’d add the dressing the morning of or a few hours before you’re ready to serve.
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