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Italian Pasta Salad Recipe (VIDEO)

Italian Pasta Salad is one of our favorite pasta salad recipes. This is an easy, make-ahead salad that is perfect for meal prep. Every bite is loaded with rotini, salami, mozzarella, olives, healthy veggies, and a homemade creamy Italian Dressing.

Italian pasta salad in serving bowl with Italian dressing

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Pasta Salad Ingredients:

Italian Pasta Salad is a meal in itself with protein, grains and plenty of vegetables. It has vibrant Italian flavors with kalamata olives, fresh mozzarella cheese, salami, and parsley.

We love that you can change up the ingredients based on what you have on hand. Try substituting with diced bell pepper, or crunchy broccoli, or use Feta instead of Mozarella cheese to add some Greek flavors. P.S. If you’re feeling adventurous, roasting your own bell peppers will take this salad to the next level.

Ingredients for Italian pasta salad with rotini pasta, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, mozzarella, red onion, salami, parsley, roasted red pepper and homemade Italian Dressing

What is the Best Italian Dressing?

We love homemade Italian dressing for the best flavor and because you can use high-quality oil and seasonings. In a pinch, store-bought Italian dressings will work. We like Newman’s Own brand Italian dressing and Ken’s brand Italian dressing.

Italian Dressing in mason jar with tomatoes and parsley on the side

How to Make Pasta Salad Video Tutorial:

I hope this Pasta Salad Recipe becomes a new favorite for you. It makes meal prep so easy! If you enjoyed this video, please subscribe to our Youtube Channel and click the bell icon so you get a notification when we post a new video.

What is the Best Pasta for Salad?

We love rotini noodles for pasta salad. Rotini is the spiral-shaped pasta you will see in the photos here. You can buy them in the traditional pasta color or in a multicolor blend which can be really fun for a pasta salad. You can also experiment with different kinds of pasta such as shell pasta or macaroni.

The best pasta salad with rotini pasta and other pasta salad ingredients arranged in mixing bowl

How to Cook Pasta for Pasta Salad:

Cook your pasta in salted water according to package instructions until it is aldenté. Aldente means firm to the bite. Pasta that is overcooked can seem mushy in pasta salad and will absorb more dressing so make sure you don’t overcook. As soon as the pasta is aldenté, drain in a colander then rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process, chill the pasta, and rinse off excess starch to keep the pasta from sticking.

Cook’s Tip: Buttered pasta doesn’t work well for pasta salad so do not add butter or oil after your pasta is cooked. Rinsing in cold water is enough to prevent noodles from sticking together and there is plenty of oil in the salad dressing.

Pasta Cooked until aldente for pasta salad in bowl combined with other pasta salad ingredients

More Pasta Salad Recipes:

Italian Pasta Salad

5 from 45 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Italian pasta salad in serving bowl with Italian dressing

Italian Pasta Salad is an easy, make-ahead recipe that is perfect for meal prep. Every bite is loaded with rotini, salami, fresh mozzarella, olives, and healthy vegetables, and it all comes together with a homemade creamy Italian Dressing.

Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $18-$24
Keyword: italian pasta salad, pasta salad
Cuisine: Italian
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Calories: 386
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients

  • 8 oz rotini pasta
  • 6 oz salami, sliced into strips
  • 10 oz cherry tomatoes, halved (3 cups)
  • 1/2 English cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, finely diced
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella, pearls or halved mozzarella balls
  • 1/2 cup black olives, pitted and sliced
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted and halved
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers* drained and coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Italian dressing, or added to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook rotini pasta according to package instructions in salted water just until pasta is aldente (firm to the bite).

  2. While pasta cooks, prep remaining ingredients and make Italian Dressing.

  3. Add dressing just to the portion fo salad you plan to eat. Enjoy right away or cover and let the salad marinate for 1-3 hours before serving.

Recipe Notes

*Or you can make your own roasted peppers

Nutrition Facts
Italian Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 386 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 39mg13%
Sodium 1340mg58%
Potassium 331mg9%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 718IU14%
Vitamin C 17mg21%
Calcium 180mg18%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Alice Fulleer
    October 22, 2021

    I’ve made it for lunch tomorrow. Can’t wait to taste it!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 23, 2021

      I hope you absolutely love it, Alice!

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      • Alice Fuller
        October 25, 2021

        The pasta salad and dressing was a hit Natasha. It will be one of my go-to recipes.

        Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          October 25, 2021

          That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

          Reply

  • Joseph Debes
    August 30, 2021

    Italian Pasta Salad recipe was a super compilation of pasta and vegetables!!!

    Easy to create and delicious!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 30, 2021

      Thanks for your good feedback, Joseph!

      Reply

  • Billie Browne
    August 21, 2021

    Yummy! made per recipe with Italian dressing! love it

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 21, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Traci
    August 9, 2021

    I will make this minus the pasta to make it keto friendly

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    • Trisha
      October 22, 2021

      I’m always looking for Keto/Luw Carb recipes as well. I use the rotini pasta from Great Low Carb Bread Co and it works great.

      Reply

  • Laura
    August 6, 2021

    I made this salad for a church luncheon. It was the perfect dish and got rave reviews. There was nothing left even though I doubled the Thank you for such a great recipe.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 7, 2021

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Nancy
    August 2, 2021

    My new favorite pasta salad. And that dressing is so good. Can’t wait to try your other salads.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 2, 2021

      I’m so glad you found a favorite on my blog, Nancy! That’s so great!

      Reply

  • Barb
    July 25, 2021

    This was fantastic. Made it with fusilli pasta and skipped the kalamata olives (used the black olives only), but otherwise followed the recipe. It was a hit! Made a double recipe of the dressing which was more than I needed (probably used more than a single recipe would have allowed) and enjoyed the leftover dressing. Thank you!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 26, 2021

      You’re very welcome, Barb. I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Nancy
    July 25, 2021

    This is so good and my entire family loves it. The mozzarella pearls are so much fun! It good left over too! I just made for my daughter after she had a baby. So good- love your recipes, Natasha!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 25, 2021

      I’m happy to know that you’re enjoying my recipes, Nancy! Thanks for your great comments and feedback.

      Reply

  • Courtney
    July 15, 2021

    Hi – I was wondering if you put the dressing on a day ahead? Thank you!

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    • Natasha
      July 15, 2021

      Hi Courtney, please see step #3: Add dressing just to the portion of salad you plan to eat. Enjoy right away or cover and let the salad marinate for 1-3 hours before serving.

      Reply

  • Pat
    July 2, 2021

    I am planning to make this recipe for a 4th of July celebration out
    Of town. Can I mix the salad together without the dressing and keep it in the refrigerator for a couple of days then add the dressing 2-3 hours before serving?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 2, 2021

      I Pat! That should work! The good news – The homemade dressing will last up to 2 weeks refrigerated!

      Reply

      • Pat
        July 2, 2021

        Thank you so much, Natasha! I have tried several of your recipes and loved them all!! This looks amazing and I’m sure that it won’t disappoint!!

        Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          July 2, 2021

          I hope you try it soon and love it, Pat!

          Reply

          • Bev White
            July 4, 2021

            I just made it for the 4th tonight. Thank you for sharing all the family friendly recipes. I’m loving them

          • Natasha's Kitchen
            July 4, 2021

            You’re very welcome, Bev. I hope you’ll love all the recipes that you will try!

  • Taisa
    June 17, 2021

    If pizza could be transformed into a salad, this would be the recipe for it! It is so, so tasty that I can hide a ton of chopped leafy greens in it and no one tastes them. I can’t wait to make it again.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 17, 2021

      You are so right, Taisa! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Angia Macomber
    June 6, 2021

    Tomato-slicing shortcut:
    https://youtu.be/uzmTs8yBJsU

    Reply

  • Leah
    June 6, 2021

    OMG this looks amazing! I make mine with pepperoni, ham,salami,cheddar cheese, pepper jack,mozzarella, black olives, banana peppers(sometimes peppercinis) obviously rotini noodles. Then I use Wishbone Italian dressing and a bunch of salad supreme. Everybody requests it for parties. I’m going to make this one though and I vet it’ll be a huge hit.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 6, 2021

      Sounds great, Leah. I’m glad it was a hit! I hope you’ll love every recipe that you will try.

      Reply

  • Bridget
    May 24, 2021

    I love your serving bowl! Where can I get one?

    Reply

  • Donald j Mcnamara
    May 17, 2021

    I’ll keep you posted! Your GREAT!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 17, 2021

      I hope you love this recipe, Donald!

      Reply

  • Donald j Mcnamara
    May 17, 2021

    I make a lot of your recipes! Sometimes I add a little of this and not so much of that. but all in all your recipes are GREAT!!! Thank YOU!!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 17, 2021

      You are very welcome, Donald! Feel free to personalize it and add some ingredients according to your preference. Most of my recipes, except for baking I think are versatile!

      Reply

  • Donald j Mcnamara
    May 17, 2021

    I make this recipe a lot! Everyone loves it! Thanks alot!!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 17, 2021

      I’m so glad you all enjoyed this recipe!!

      Reply

  • Lindsay
    May 1, 2021

    This pasta salad is a crowd pleaser! A perfect summer side dish.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 1, 2021

      It sure is! I can’t wait to make it again! Thank you for this lovely comment.

      Reply

  • Jennifer Creppel
    April 25, 2021

    I have made several of your salads they are amazing I’m making this one tonight

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 25, 2021

      I hope you love this and other recipes that you will try, Jennifer!

      Reply

  • Annamarie
    April 23, 2021

    how far ahead of time can you make this salad? and if i wanted to make it for a large group can i just double or triple the ingredients?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 23, 2021

      Hi Annamarie, we’ve always enjoyed it fresh, but the dressing will last up to a week in the fridge.

      Reply

  • Kathleen Ewald
    April 15, 2021

    Love this recipe. I have found that soaking the chopped onions in dressing ahead softens the flavor of the onions and at the same time adds the extra flavor to the dressing. I usually do this the night before I make the salad. Great flavor and the kids don’t fuss about the raw onions.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 16, 2021

      Hi Kathleen, thank you for your good review and tips! That is helpful, I’ll try that next time.

      Reply

  • Dorothy Whited
    April 3, 2021

    I making this recipe and it calls for 1 cup of dressing for 8oz of pasta but the recipe for the dressing doesn’t come out to a cup ???

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    • Natasha
      April 3, 2021

      Hi Dorothy, that is correct. If you change the servings in the recipe, you can easily scale it up or down in the ingredient list. I hope that helps. Also, we often use store-bought salad dressing and it works great. We linked to homemade dressing as an option.

      Reply

  • Rayna Kerber
    March 24, 2021

    I made it tonight And followed it exactly . I didn’t have white wine vinegar, and had distilled white vinegar . Still delicious. I added marinated artichokes hearts . Thanks you ! Love all your recipes . I’m sharing half with my daughter .

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 25, 2021

      I’m glad you loved this recipe, thanks for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Lynn
    March 16, 2021

    Yummy!! What scrapper do you use? Thank you.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 16, 2021

      Hi Lynn, We use the OXO Stainless Steel Good Grips Multi-Purpose Scraper. You can find it and our favorite kitchen tools in our Amazon Affiliate Shop HERE. The scraper is under the kitchen tools section.

      Reply

      • Lynn
        March 16, 2021

        Thank you! Love your recipes and your bubbly personality!

        Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          March 16, 2021

          Aww, thank you for that wonderful compliment, Lynn! I’m so happy you’re enjoying our recipes. `

          Reply

  • Anely
    March 15, 2021

    Can I use less pasta ?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 16, 2021

      Hi Anely, yes you can. This recipe is so versatile you can adjust it according to your preference.

      Reply

  • Sandi McIntyre
    February 28, 2021

    Natasha,
    You asked for a tip about how to cut a lot of cherry tomatoes at once. This lid method works great:

    How to Cut Cherry Tomatoes (and Grapes, Cherries, & Olives)

    Cherry tomatoes (or grapes, pitted cherries, or pitted olives) of uniform size
    2 flat plastic container lids with rims
    Serrated knife (blade must be at least as long as the plastic lid diameter)
    Directions
    On plastic lid with rim side up, place cherry tomatoes in a single layer. Place a second lid on top of the tomatoes with the rim side down. With one hand, hold & press firmly but gently on top of the lid to hold the tomatoes in place (not so hard that you squash them). With your other hand, cut the tomatoes horizontally through the gap between the two lids. Remove the top lid, and the tomatoes should all be cut in half.

    Use the same procedure for cutting grapes, pitted olives, or pitted cherries.

    Sandi

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 28, 2021

      Hello Sandi, that is awesome, thank you so much for sharing this info with us!

      Reply

  • Emily
    February 15, 2021

    This was amazing and pretty simple. I subbed the salami for some pre-cooked chicken, still turned out great. Dressing was perfect! As always, thank you for another great recipe!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 15, 2021

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that, Emily! Thank you for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Ale
    February 12, 2021

    Hi Natasha,

    After trying many great great recipes of yours, I am planning to make tomorrow the Italian Pasta Salad and I am curious to find out what Salami you are using?

    Thank you so much for your incredible recipes, videos and explanations. You are wonderful! ❤

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 12, 2021

      I hope you love this recipe, Ale. I usually prefer genoa salami.

      Reply

  • Olga
    February 10, 2021

    Very good salad! I tried it before with a store bought Italian dressing and it was alright, a bit too sour. But today I made it with the homemade Italian dressing on site and it was amazing!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 10, 2021

      I’m glad you loved it, Olga. Thanks for your awesome feedback!

      Reply

  • Carol Lade
    February 6, 2021

    This pasta salad was such a hit. Everyone loved it. I substituted the red onion for green onions and left out the kalamata olives because my grandkids are picky. I was sure they would pick out something in this salad but I really wanted to make it and they loved it. What a hit. And I made the Italian dressing too and it was fabulous. Thank you, Natasha.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 6, 2021

      You’re welcome, Carol! I’m so happy you all enjoyed this!

      Reply

  • Anoosh
    January 27, 2021

    I didn’t have the mozzarella balls and I don’t eat salami so I tried this recipe vegetarian, and it was really delicious! Will be a staple in my house now 💕 thanks a bunch Natasha, big fan of all your recipes!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 27, 2021

      I’m so glad this worked for you! Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Terrylee
    January 18, 2021

    Hi Natasha do you have a link for your salad bowl?
    Thanks, love your recipes!

    Reply

  • Rosa
    December 7, 2020

    Hello, can you tell me what food scraper you use or provide a link?
    Thank you.

    Reply

  • Helene T Fukuda
    November 13, 2020

    Hi, Natasha…love your recipes and love watching you demonstrate them. However, I noticed a couple of errors on the recipe for the Italian Pasta Salad and Italian Dressing.

    1. Salad: you have an asterisk attached to the roasted red peppers but there is no reference below explaining why you called it to our attention.

    2. Dressing: Sea Salt…you show 3/4 fine sea salt. Is it the measurement a teaspoon?

    Please advise. Thank you!

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    • Natasha
      November 16, 2020

      Hi Helene, thank you so much for pointing that out. It is 3/4 tsp salt and I meant to hyperlink instructions on how to roast peppers if you wanted a homemade version. I have updated the recipes and thank you again.

      Reply

  • Genny M.
    September 7, 2020

    Natasha, Honestly, this is the BEST Italian Pasta Salad I have ever made! It’s scrumptious! Everyone loves it. In fact, ever recipe of yours that I have tried is wonderful and your homemade salad dressings are to die for! Thank you so much. You are a dear!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 7, 2020

      You’re welcome Genny! I’m so glad your family is enjoying this recipe!

      Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 7, 2020

      Fantastic! I am so glad you loved this salad. It’s one of our favorites too and I’m so glad you loved it, Genny.

      Reply

  • Lisa Johnson
    August 30, 2020

    You asked for a tip about cutting cherry tomatoes … I saw Gordon Ramsey lightly press a small plate over top of the tomatoes (could use anything flat) to hold them still, and then slice through them all at the same time with a sharp knife. Brilliant!!

    Also, I think pepperoncinis would make a fabulous addition to this amazing salad 😋

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 31, 2020

      That’s a fab idea, thanks for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Kgomotso
    August 28, 2020

    Hi Natasha. I love all your recipes especially the salads

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 29, 2020

      Awww that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me! I’m all smiles

      Reply

  • Terri
    August 28, 2020

    Where did you get your food scraper

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  • Carmen
    August 23, 2020

    this salad is Amazing.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 23, 2020

      Thank you, Carmen!

      Reply

  • Connie Ward
    August 19, 2020

    OMG Natasha this is the best Italian pasta salad ever. It’s simply delicious

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 19, 2020

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite!

      Reply

  • Brenda
    August 18, 2020

    Hi Natasha,
    I added sun-dried tomatoes, too. Very good. Added a different texture.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 18, 2020

      Yum! That sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing that Brenda!

      Reply

  • Leya
    August 13, 2020

    This is our new favourite salad recipe. The dressing is what makes it shine. I have tried multiple variations of this recipe – varied the vegetables and tweaked the dressing as well..each time it smelled and tasted amazing. The recipe is so forgiving. Natasha, thank you so much for sharing this! It is a super hit like your other recipes.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 13, 2020

      That’s just awesome Leya! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • joan keating
    August 3, 2020

    On a hot day it made a great dinner with garlic bread. love it

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 3, 2020

      Yes, that sounds perfect!

      Reply

  • Ann
    July 31, 2020

    We love this salad! The dressing is a perfect balance of sweet and savory. We serve it on a bed of baby arugula and that takes it to another level.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 31, 2020

      Great idea! Thank you for sharing that wonderful review with us!

      Reply

  • Debbie
    July 27, 2020

    This salad is delicious! Love all the veggies and the salami & cheese make it extra yummy.Then you add the Italian dressing…….so good!!!!
    Your videos are so much fun to watch

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 27, 2020

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying our recipes and our videos! Thank you for that lovely review, Debbie!

      Reply

  • Anita Dane
    July 23, 2020

    to cut the tomatoes, place between to small plates and cut all the tomatoes together !!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 23, 2020

      Great idea! Thank you for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Zuzana Kalafut
    July 19, 2020

    This pasta salad is super delicious!!!!!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 20, 2020

      Thank you for your wonderful feedback!

      Reply

  • Quyen
    July 19, 2020

    Our family enjoyed this salad. My daughter helped me to make the salad. We added mini bell peppers, artichoke hearts, and homegrown cherry tomatoes. Thank you for this recipe.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 19, 2020

      Sounds great and fun! So great to hear that you and your family enjoyed this salad.

      Reply

  • Gloria Garcia
    June 26, 2020

    Where can I get that steel scoop you use to pick up the chopped things.

    Reply

  • Marie
    June 24, 2020

    How about artichokes or pepperoncini’s.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 24, 2020

      I think that’s a good idea. Please let us know how it goes if you try it!

      Reply

  • Barbara McGee
    June 22, 2020

    Natasha, I would love to purchase some of the prep tools that you use, such as the scrapper and the garlic press but I can’t find them on your blog. I know you said their In the notes but I don’t see the notes. Please help, Thanks.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 22, 2020

      Hi Barbara, have you tried our blog shop here?

      Reply

  • Joan Johnson
    June 22, 2020

    When I slice cherry tomatoes I place them between 2 deli lids and run my knife between lids.slicing all tomatoes at once. Super easy

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 22, 2020

      Thank you for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Judy
    June 18, 2020

    So disappointed! This salad looks sooo delicious but there are too many competing flavors. Actually felt ill after eating. Perhaps leaving out or reducing the amounts of roasted red peppers, kalamata olives, and parsley would have helped.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      June 19, 2020

      You could leave out the roasted peppers – it sounds like maybe they don’t agree with you? You can definitely change up the salad with your favorite add-ins.

      Reply

  • Lauri
    June 14, 2020

    Ohmygoodness, Natasha!! So simple, but SO good!!! I can’t stop eating it!!! 🙂

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 15, 2020

      Sounds like you found your favorite salad recipe! I am so glad you loved it.

      Reply

  • Melissa Girotto
    June 12, 2020

    What type of serving dish did you use? I have been looking everywhere for one just like it. Love your recipes, by the way!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 12, 2020

      Hi Melissa, Here is the wide bowl we use. We purchased it at Sur La Table

      Reply

      • Sandy
        July 20, 2020

        I have been loving your site, however your ads are competing with your website and is making it hard to follow.
        With in the website, the ads keeps on popping into the page which makes reading very hard. For video playback, the ads that are videos would play at the same time as your video which drawn out your voice quite often. I cannot find ways to close ads. These ads are none stop, they play one after another.

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          July 22, 2020

          Hi Sandy, thank you for sharing your concerns and feedback.

          The only way we can continue providing free recipes is by having ads on our site so we are not able to remove those at this time. We find that most people would rather see the ads than pay to see the recipes.

          I appreciate your feedback and I hope you love every recipe you try.

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  • Christine
    June 1, 2020

    If the dressing was added to the entire salad and it didn’t all get eaten on the first day, would the salad still be ok the next day or would it be too soggy?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 1, 2020

      It would have been okay if the dressing was not added but if it’s already there it will be soggy the next day. Let us know how it goes.

      Reply

  • diana mascareno
    May 24, 2020

    Hi Natashas
    me encantan tus recetas ya hise muchas de ellas gracias por compartir

    Reply

  • Daisy
    May 21, 2020

    Hi Natasha, I love your recipes!!! I going to make this salad and I wanted to know which kind of salami did you used.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 21, 2020

      Thank you Daisy! We usually use what we have on hand. We purchased our salami pack at Costco.

      Reply

      • Daisy
        May 24, 2020

        Hi Natasha, thank you for responding. I was wondering which salami to use, hard salami or genoa salami. Please advise, which one is best for this recipe.

        Reply

  • Joseph Pinnisi
    May 17, 2020

    Wow! My wife does not like olives, so I had to put them in separately.
    I do not recommend omitting the olives at all! It brings this delicious dish to the next level of awesome!
    This is a family, party, and overall crowd pleasing dish!
    “Good to the last drop!” Again, wow!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 17, 2020

      Thanks for sharing that with us and for your suggestion, Joseph. Appreciate it!

      Reply

  • Renee
    May 17, 2020

    Absolutely amazing! Dressing is outstanding and we loved every morsel of the salad…can’t wait to eat it again for lunch tomorrow 🙂 I often find I make subtle changes to recipes…but this one is perfect for me just as written. Thank you!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 17, 2020

      Hi Renee, thank you for sharing your experience with us. I’m so happy that you enjoyed it!

      Reply

    • Louise Lafreniere
      May 21, 2020

      Hi n
      Natasha, I was wondering what kind of salami you used for this salad, there are so many different ones.

      Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        May 21, 2020

        Hi Louise, we usually use what we have on hand. We purchased our salami pack at Costco.

        Reply

  • Robyn Costello
    May 17, 2020

    Perfect summer salad for get togethers! So yummy and easy to make!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 18, 2020

      Thank you for your excellent feedback!

      Reply

  • Blasilla
    May 16, 2020

    Hi Again Natasha,
    As I mentioned in the cheesecake section this salad was just A M azinng…..we all just loved it along with that yum yum salad dressing.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 16, 2020

      Hi Blasilla, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for sharing that awesome review with me!

      Reply

  • PATRICK D POSTON jr
    May 15, 2020

    Yes when you are cutting you should never put your hand on top of a knife. The top of the knife is just as sharp as the bottom. I use a pairing knife too cut cherry tomatoes.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 16, 2020

      Thank you for those tips Patrick

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    • Michael Smith
      May 18, 2020

      I have never heard of the top of a knife being sharp

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        May 18, 2020

        I’m assuming he is referring to a double-sided pairing knife. Mine is not sharp either.

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  • Barry
    May 11, 2020

    Made it . Wunderbar !

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 11, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that Barry!

      Reply

  • Teresa Stevens
    May 9, 2020

    Our family tried this salad tonight. It was definitely a hit.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 10, 2020

      So lovely to hear that, Teresa. Thank you for sharing!

      Reply

  • Michelle
    May 8, 2020

    Natasha!! I love love your recipes! Making pasta salad tomorrow just finished roasting my peppers in the oven. I love this salad bowl you made your pasta salad in…can you link me up so I can get one too? I love that it’s wide and low!

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  • Bernice
    May 8, 2020

    Link to food scraper, pretty please.

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  • Erika
    April 17, 2020

    Do you have a cookbook?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 17, 2020

      Hi Erika, we do not at this time but stay tuned!

      Reply

  • Susan Redovian
    April 15, 2020

    Your recipes are wonderful! I am back in the kitchen! You wanted to know if anyone had a trick to cutting cherry tomatoes. I take two extra large plastic lids (the kind you get at the gas station for a really big drink). Put one lid inside up on the counter. Set the tomatoes on the inside of the lid. Put the other lid right side up over the tomatoes. Hold the top lid firm. Take a serrated knife and cut thru the middle of the tomatoes cutting all the tomatoes at once.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 15, 2020

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me Susan!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 15, 2020

      Nice tip Susan! Thanks for sharing that with us and giving great feedback!

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    • Anna Jackson
      February 11, 2021

      We do that but with saucers. The weight helps hold the tomatoes and doesn’t slide on the cabinet.

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  • Alicia
    April 13, 2020

    I make pasta salad often using commercial or a homemade dressing, but your Italian dressing is really the best I’ve tried. That little bit of mayo emulsifies everything beautifully and I’ve used the dressing on tossed salads too. A wonderful, knock-it-out-of-park recipe for Italian dressing! Great stuff!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 13, 2020

      I am so happy with your great feedback, thank you for your nice comments!

      Reply

  • Andrea
    April 12, 2020

    Hello Natasha,

    I want to make this salad tonight but only have chicken at hand 🙁 do you think I can swap it for the salami?
    Thanks!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 12, 2020

      Hi Andrea, I haven’t tried that yet to advise of the outcome but I imagine that should work since we have to improvise during these times. Please share with us how you liked it!

      Reply

  • Debbie
    April 2, 2020

    I can’t find the kitchen tool you said would be in a link? It’s the one you scoop everything on thanks for your help!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 3, 2020

      Hello Debbie, are you referring to the food scraper (Affiliate link)?

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  • Sandra
    March 23, 2020

    Best salad dressing I ever made!!! Perfect balance of flavors! I love your recipes, there’s always a secret ingredient that makes it great like the mayo and sugar in this recipe and the bacon in your stew! Thank you for your recipes and I hope you and your family are staying safe! I’m so bummed I can’t go to the store now and get sour cream to make beef stroganoff!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 23, 2020

      Hello Sandra, your comment and great review really make me happy. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. Stay safe and healthy too!

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  • Joseph Pinnisi
    March 22, 2020

    All I can say is your the best!
    You provide everything needed for following simple instructions on how to make the most tasty meals.
    Only one thing I ask…
    PLEASE, don’t change your style?!
    Thank you for making me seem like a real cook. Hahaha!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 23, 2020

      Thank you for your kind words, Joseph. I appreciate it!

      Reply

  • Kitty Whittle
    March 20, 2020

    Amazing recipe, very informative post.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 20, 2020

      Thank you for your great review. I appreciate it!

      Reply

  • Bianca
    March 19, 2020

    Hello! It looks great! Could you put the quantities in grams also, please?

    Thank you!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 19, 2020

      Hello Bianca. When you click on “Jump to recipe” click on “Metrics” and it will show you the ingredients in grams. Hope that helps!

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      • Bianca
        March 19, 2020

        Hi Natasha, it shows it on other recipes, but on this particular one the feature is not available

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          March 19, 2020

          Thank you for noticing Biana, We are currently working on adding metric measurements to all of our recipes but it is taking some time as we have to add them one at a time. Thank you so much for being patient! In the meantime, check out our post on measuring which should help.

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          • Bianca
            March 19, 2020

            Thank you!😁

  • Jasica
    March 17, 2020

    I have made many dishes by following your blogs. I was looking for some delicious salads. It looks awesome.
    From now I will add this at least in a week.
    Cheers!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 17, 2020

      Sounds like you have a new family favorite! That’s so great!

      Reply

  • KYLE HOLLAND
    March 16, 2020

    love watching her video’s, what a hot looking woman, very informative recipe’s, my guest think I’m a master chief

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 16, 2020

      Happy to hear you’re liking our recipes, Kyle!

      Reply

  • Acer
    March 16, 2020

    I also add artichoke hearts.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 16, 2020

      That’s a great idea! Thank you for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • daniele florence
    March 16, 2020

    you mentioned a link for the black lunch containers you suggested putting the salad into it. i cannot find the link

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  • Andi
    March 16, 2020

    My family LOVED this. I made it while cooped up this weekend on house arrest. It was delicious. We didn’t have any parsley and I had to use shredded mozz cheese but it was delicious!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 16, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that Andi! That’s so great!

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      • Irene
        March 16, 2020

        Us, too! We are on government groundation (lol) and had everything to make this except fresh parsley – and it was amazing!

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          March 16, 2020

          Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I’m happy you enjoyed that, Irene.

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  • Gladys
    March 15, 2020

    i Fail to mention how bubbly and you always smiling.you so happy,I like when you fling things it’s so natural.keep showing does great recipes.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 15, 2020

      Thank you for noticing that, Gladys. It naturally just comes out when I am cooking!

      Reply

  • michael d. fycyk
    March 15, 2020

    lay your tomatoes on the cutting board put a plate on top of them to hold them all together (bottom of plate on the top of the tomatoes) and take a long knife and come from the side while holding down on the plates and cut through all the tomatoes with one swipe. It works like a champ

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 15, 2020

      Awesome! Thanks for the suggestion.

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  • Cheryl
    March 15, 2020

    If the dressing is made ahead, how long would it last in the fridge? I have made this salad for many family reunions and also for myself; but have always used store bought dressing.

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    • Natasha
      March 15, 2020

      Hi Cheryl, you can definitely use your favorite store-bought dressing. I have in a pinch or when I just don’t have time to make the dressing. I always have a bottle of storebought on hand. The homemade dressing will last up to 2 weeks refrigerated.

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  • Linda McKinney
    March 14, 2020

    You asked if someone knew of an easy way to slice cherry tomatoes. I saw this on one of those FB videos and admit that I haven’t tried it. Take a dinner plate and set it upside down on the counter. Place the cherry tomatoes in a single layer on top inside the plate bottom rim. Place another plate gently right side up on top of the tomatoes. Then slice through all the tomatoes at once. Not sure whether it works or not, but may be worth a try. Enjoy your videos and recipes a lot. Keep up the good work.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 14, 2020

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me Linda! That is a great idea! I’ll have to try it!

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  • Joanne Reynolds
    March 14, 2020

    Hi
    You mentioned in Your video, if anyone had a tip to cut cherry tomatoes easier to let u know. I use 2 plastic round lids put tomatoes in between and slice right inbetween the two tops. It keeps them from rolling around and you can do many at the same time ! Thank you for sharing this recipe

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 14, 2020

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Joanne! I’ll have to give that a try!

      Reply

  • donald mcnamara
    March 14, 2020

    I made the Italian salad dressing and it is awesome! The best ever had! And I’ve tried a lot! I love your recipes! Thank You!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 14, 2020

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Rog
    March 14, 2020

    The saucer suggestion works very well, have used it for years.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 14, 2020

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Yvonne
    March 13, 2020

    Hi! I didn’t see the link to the food scraper in the notes. Would you please tell me where I can find it?
    Thanks!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 14, 2020

      Here’s the amazon link to it. I hope that helps!

      Reply

  • Robert Riddell
    March 13, 2020

    To slice cherry tomatoes. Use two saucers. Put the tomatoes in one saucer. Place the second saucer on top of the tomatoes. Use your serrated knife between the two saucers in a sawing motion. I saw this on another cooking show but I have not Tri it. If you do let me know how it works.
    Bob

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 13, 2020

      Thanks for the suggestion, Robert. I should give that a try!

      Reply

  • Linda
    March 13, 2020

    That looks so yummy! Can’t wait to try this. Love your videos!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 13, 2020

      I hope you love this recipe, Linda! Thank you for that awesome review.

      Reply

  • Katie
    March 13, 2020

    My family would love this! Can’t wait to try it.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 13, 2020

      I hope you love this recipe! We look forward to your feedback!

      Reply

  • Katie
    March 13, 2020

    Pasta salad is my favorite, and this looks INCREDIBLE. I can’t wait to try it!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 13, 2020

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Katie!

      Reply

  • Allyson Zea
    March 13, 2020

    This salad looks soooo good! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 13, 2020

      You’re welcome, Allyson! I’m so glad you enjoyed that!

      Reply

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