Easy Italian Pasta Salad

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A colorful pasta salad with a zesty Italian twist! This pasta salad is perfect as a side dish at a summer BBQ.

Easy Italian Pasta Salad - A perfect side dish for a summer potluck! We love this pasta salad with fried chicken. #ad #SummerFun

I love love love summertime! There’s nothing better than eating outside as a family or getting together with friends for a summer party. The fried chicken at the Walmart deli is one of our favorite entrees for a summer evening outside. When I think of the 4th of July, I think of fried chicken and family! You can’t go wrong there.

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We’ve been taking advantage of the beautiful weather lately and doing a lot of outdoor eating as a family. The kids got a new picnic table that’s just their size that they love to eat their dinner on. Last week my hubby stopped at the Walmart deli for some hot and crispy fried chicken. He brought home a variety of our favorite pieces. Drumsticks are the favorite in this household!

Easy Italian Pasta Salad - A perfect side dish for a summer potluck! We love this pasta salad with fried chicken. #ad #SummerFun

I thought pasta salad with be so yummy with our fried chicken. I made a really easy Italian pasta salad that I already can’t wait to make again!

 

I love all the colors and the fresh veggies. This is one yummy salad! Make this for your next potluck and you’ll be all kinds of popular. (Especially if you bring some fried chicken along with it!)

Easy Italian Pasta Salad - A perfect side dish for a summer potluck! We love this pasta salad with fried chicken. #ad #SummerFun

Easy Italian Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 package garden rotini pasta
  • 1 c. Colby Jack cheese, cubed
  • 1 c. cucumber, diced or chopped
  • 1 can black olives, sliced
  • 1 c. tomato, diced
  • 1/2 bag mini pepperoni
  • 1 bottle Italian salad dressing
  • 1/2 - 1 c. parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package direction; drain, rinse, and pour in a large bowl.
  2. Place cheese cubes, cucumber, olives, tomato, and pepperoni directly over pasta; stir carefully to combine.
  3. Pour half the bottle of dressing into the bowl; mix well with other ingredients. Cover and place in the fridge for at least two hours before serving.
  4. Add more Italian dressing before serving. Top with parmesan cheese, stir, and serve.
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Easy Italian Pasta Salad - A perfect side dish for a summer potluck! We love this pasta salad with fried chicken. #ad #SummerFunSuch a yummy meal! Summertime wouldn’t be the same without this fried chicken. My kids love it and it makes dinnertime so much easier.

What delicious side dish do you have in mind for crispy Walmart deli fried chicken?

 

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Comments

  1. Kym cheney says

    This was a great idea! I was searching for something for something new to make with our BBQ chicken and came across your recipe and already have everything but pepperoni so ran to store and glad I did this was so good. I will be making this again soon my family loves it. Thank you for helping me get a star from the in-laws.

  2. Kate says

    Superb post, Alli. I made this today for lunch and it was simple and very tasty! I just decided to add some spicy grilled chicken in there.