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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

Pizza Pasta Salad

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 of this Pizza Pasta Salad with marinara sauce for another meal.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces rotini pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1 (5 ounce) package Hormel pepperoni minis (or whole pepperonis quartered)
  • 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.