Pizza Pasta Salad

This Pizza Pasta Salad has all the flavors of a delicious pizza in a pasta salad. Mini pepperonis, olives, green bell pepper, cubes of cheese, tomato – all tossed in a vinaigrette. Warm up the leftovers with marinara sauce for another meal. Two in one!Pizza Pasta Salad - all the flavors of a delicious pizza in a pasta salad. Warmed up the leftovers with marinara sauce for my kids! the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

Can we talk about man buns? Okay, not those buns. Hair buns. On girls they’re known as top knots or just buns, but whatever they’re called I’m just not a fan of them on guys.

I find them incredibly emasculating and unattractive.

They’ve taken over the Dolphin’s team, my local YMCA – I think it’s the mullet of this decade. There’s even a “manbunsofDisneyland” Instagram account dedicated solely to the things.

Pizza Pasta Salad - all the flavors of a delicious pizza in a pasta salad. Warmed up the leftovers with marinara sauce for my kids! the-girl-who-ate-everything.comPizza Pasta Salad - all the flavors of a delicious pizza in a pasta salad. Warmed up the leftovers with marinara sauce for my kids! the-girl-who-ate-everything.comI’m a little jaded though. My husband loathes hair buns. Please tell me you’ve seen that King Of Queens episode where Carrie is obsessed with wearing her hair in a bun and Doug can’t stand it. We laugh so hard at that episode because it hits so close to home.
Pizza Pasta Salad - all the flavors of a delicious pizza in a pasta salad. Warmed up the leftovers with marinara sauce for my kids! the-girl-who-ate-everything.comI spot the man buns so often that I’ve starting discreetly snapping pics of them when I can. Now, I have a whole collage of man buns on my phone. Every time I see one I’m equally appalled as if it was my first time seeing one. Guys….please stop.

What does this have to do with pizza pasta salad? Absolutely nothing. Here’s the line up of ingredients for this amazing Pizza Pasta Salad. I love these mini pepperonis. They’re so cute and perfectly sized. You can definitely use regular pepperonis quartered but they’re not nearly as fun. pepperoni-pizza-pasta-3I have a love/hate relationship with pasta salads. Every time I eat one I think about how much better it would be if it was warm. I’m weird. I like almost everything hot. This salad however, I liked cold.Pizza Pasta Salad - all the flavors of a delicious pizza in a pasta salad. Warmed up the leftovers with marinara sauce for my kids! the-girl-who-ate-everything.comI’m not gonna lie though. My littles aren’t fans of pasta salad. So I heated up the leftovers with some marinara and they were thrilled. Two meals in one!I made a homemade vinaigrette but you can totally use bottled Italian dressing if you are in a pinch.

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Pizza Pasta Salad - all the flavors of a delicious pizza in a pasta salad. Warmed up the leftovers with marinara sauce for my kids! the-girl-who-ate-everything.com
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Pizza Pasta Salad
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces rotini pasta , cooked and drained
  • 1 (5 ounce) package Hormel pepperoni minis
  • 4 ounces provolone cheese (or cheddar) cut into 1/4 cubes
  • 1 medium tomato , diced
  • 1 green bell pepper , seeded and diced
  • 1 (2.25 ounce) can sliced ripe olives
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
Dressing: (you can use 3/4 cup store bought Italian dressing as a shortcut)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or fresh minced garlic)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta in heavily salted water according to package directions. Drain and cool. Toss all of the salad ingredients except for the Parmesan cheese in a large bowl. Prepare dressing by whisking all of the dressing ingredients in a bowl. Add the dressing to the pasta and toss to coat. Chill for 1-2 hours in the fridge. Stir well and top with grated Parmesan cheese right before serving.
Recipe Notes
Recipe adapted from the back of the Hormel pepperoni package.
Note: My little kids won't eat pasta salad so I warmed up the leftovers with marinara and everyone loved it.

Pizza Pasta Salad - all the flavors of a delicious pizza in a pasta salad. Warmed up the leftovers with marinara sauce for my kids! the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

Pizza Pasta Salad - all the flavors of a delicious pizza in a pasta salad. Warmed up the leftovers with marinara sauce for my kids! the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

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  1. Pasta salad is the best- this looks delicious!

  2. Can’t stand man buns. When did they become a thing? Love pasta salad-this one looks great!

  3. LOL, my husband and I literally just had this conversation two days ago about the man buns. I dislikethem SO much! I’m so glad I’m not alone! 🙂 I’m really excited to make this. I’ve been looking for a new pasta salad recipe, and I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad experience with a recipe from your site!

  4. We love pasta salads. Can’t wait to make the pizza pasta salad. Not a fan of the man bun either. LOL! Love your stories. Thanks for posting.

  5. Christy, I make a hot pizza pasta dinner with all the above ingredients except for the dressing. I use Ragu
    pizza sauce and mix it with my red pasta meat sauce and top with parm. and mozzarella. I usually use elbow macaroni and bake in the oven.

  6. Pizza pasta salad is my favorite cold pasta salad ever!! I had forgotten all about this salad thanks for reminding me, I bet my little people would love this in their lunch boxes!!

  7. Natalie Hedman says:

    That is one of our favorite episodes! Carrie’s face when Deacon tells her she looks bad is awesome.

  8. We must have been on the same wavelength! I posted a sun-dried tomato pasta salad today. This pizza one looks so fun and must be popular with kids.

  9. I’ve never seen a man bun in person. Believe it. Would love to see your collection of them though. Please show us!!

  10. ….. You need to watch this video. I am not ok with man buns (of the hair type) either.

    http://elitedaily.com/humor/vigilantes-drive-cut-hipsters-buns-drive-video/942157/

  11. Bahaha, that episode of King of queens is a favorite. And she won’t believe him till Deacon tells her how ugly it is.
    Love your blog!

  12. Tried this tonight– simple and AWESOME! Loved it.
    Couldn’t convince my picky 5 year old to try it, but I didn’t count on that one anyway! 🙂

  13. I made this last week for our long weekend at the beach. It was delicious! The only adjustment I made was that I doubled the cheese (you can never have too much!)

  14. I make this salad but minus the green bell pepper and I use a cucumber I always get request to make this salad

  15. I’m making this soon for bookclub. Yum!
    I like the man bun on the right guy 😉

  16. Could you add some fresh Basil or fresh Oregano to this?

  17. Janice Saysette Wood says:

    OMG! I thought I was the only one who hates man buns. What is up with that? Just cut your hair! As an aside: love the past recipe. Jan

  18. This salad came up when I searched WW salads, do we know the amount of points per serving by chance?

  19. How many does this serve? I have been looking for a cold pasta dish to serve teens for our church and need to bring a dish that serves 14-18. Thanks bunches!

  20. The salad is nice but I think next time I would tone down the amount of red wine vinegar.