Hey, cold pasta salad lovers! Ever been on the hunt for a drool-worthy cold pasta salad recipe? Well, enter the sensational Italian Radiatore Pasta Salad. This dish truly captures the essence of a summer cookout.
The Ultimate Italian Pasta Salad with Radiatre
Have you got 30 minutes? Great! Because that’s all, you need to whip up this flavorful radiatore pasta recipe that uses fresh ingredients for an easy family favorite.
Splash on some Zesty Italian dressing (oh, the zing!), toss in crunchy onions, sweet green peppers, and savory olives, then add a kick with some spicy pepperoni.
Voila! You’ve got a cold pasta dish that’ll make summer parties perfect.
Pasta Salad Ingredients
- rotini radiatore (as shown) or macaroni pasta, cooked to package instructions, drained, and cooled
- pepperoni quartered
- sliced black olives
- green pepper chopped
- grape or cherry tomatoes halved
- sliced red onion
- zesty Italian dressing
- Parmesan cheese
How to make Radiatore Pasta Salad.
Place your cooked, drained, and chilled pasta into a large mixing bowl. Remember, cold pasta ensures that your ingredients stay crisp and fresh.
Top Tip: Always rinse your cooked pasta with cold water. It keeps it from getting all gooey when you mix in the dressings.
Toss in the Goodies:
- Pepperoni, quartered for bite-sized goodness
- Juicy black olives
- Freshly chopped green bell pepper
- Grape tomatoes, halved for that burst of flavor
- Thinly sliced red onion for a touch of zing
Pour in that zesty Italian salad dressing. Stir everything again, ensuring the pasta and veggies are glistening.
Patience is tasty. Now, pop your bowl into the fridge. Allow the Italian Pasta Salad to chill for at least an hour. Make this classic pasta salad a day in advance for the best taste.
Finishing Touches: Give this summer side dish another mix when it’s serving time. You’ll want to scoop up any delicious dressing pooled on the bottom.
Cheese, Please!: Crown your masterpiece with a generous sprinkle of shredded Parmesan cheese.
What are some ingredient variations that go well in this salad?
The great thing about pasta salads is that they shine with colorful vegetables and ingredients. Season with salt, black pepper, fresh mozzarella balls, green olives, crumbled feta cheese, or kalamata olives.
Italian Pasta Salad Dressing: Zesty or Smooth?
While I’m on Team Zesty, my husband leans towards regular Italian dressing. Feel free to play around! Creamy dressings can also be delicious; adjust the quantity accordingly.
Start with a half cup and increase as you see fit.
Pasta Salad with Radiatore vs. Rotini
While I flaunt radiatore pasta in pics and rotini pasta in videos, both are fab. Just pick your favorite pasta and go with it.
- Radiatore: Radiatore pasta looks like little radiators or car engines. I know, weird comparison for something you eat, right? With all those nooks, crannies, and ruffled edges, Radiatore is like a sponge for sauce.
- Rotini: Rotini is that fun, spiral-shaped pasta you’ve probably seen in many summer potluck salads. The twisty turns make it excellent at holding onto chunky and smooth sauces, giving you a balanced taste in every forkful.
Refreshing Pasta Salad Recipes
Tuna pasta salad is a seafood lover’s delight! It combines flaky, savory tuna with perfectly cooked pasta, often mixed with veggies like celery or peas. A creamy mayonnaise-based dressing binds it together for a refreshing and satisfying meal. It’s perfect for picnics or a light lunch.
Think of the classic BLT sandwich but in a pasta salad form – that’s the BLT pasta salad for you. Crunchy bacon, crisp lettuce, and juicy tomatoes mixed with pasta and a tangy dressing. Every bite brings the comfort of the beloved BLT right to your fork. Ideal for summer BBQs and family gatherings.
Pea pasta salad is a bright and fresh choice. It’s a great side dish or a light main course with its sweet peas, al dente pasta, and often some fresh herbs. A light dressing of olive oil and lemon juice adds a zesty touch, making it a welcome addition to spring and summer meals.
Couscous salad is a North African-inspired dish that’s light and fluffy. Couscous grains mixed with chopped vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers.
Opa! Greek salad is a medley of vibrant flavors. Crunchy cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, red onion, olives, and crumbled feta cheese are the stars here. Perfect as a side dish, or add grilled chicken for a complete meal.
Let’s not forget the classic, old-fashioned potato salad. Tender chunks of potato mixed with crunchy celery, onions, and some hard-boiled eggs. The creamy mayo-mustard dressing is where the nostalgia kicks in.