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Simple Summer Pasta Salad

Summer is on it’s way. Can you feel it? Even here in Seattle we are seeing some sun. So I say it’s time to plan a backyard party, maybe even potluck style. If that’s the case with you, I’ve got a super simple summer pasta salad perfect for a crowd.

Marzetti Italian Pasta Salad

All it takes is a little cooked pasta, some colorful veggies, and italian salad dressing to give it a fresh pop. Your potluck party will thank you!

Recipe for Summer Pasta Salad:

  • 1 lb pasta – cooked, drained, and cooled
  • Italian salad dressing – we’re using Marzetti Sweet Italian
  • cheddar cheese cubes
  • cherry tomatoes
  • sugar snap peas
  • sliced almonds
  • *optional additions: broccoli, cranberry raisins, walnuts, feta cheese

Making Simple Italian Pasta Salad

1. Cook your pasta, drain it, and let it cool. You want cold-ish pasta for this dish. While that’s chillin’, slice your cheese into cubes and chop your snap peas into thirds. Gather a package of sliced almonds and wash up your cherry tomatoes.

2. Once you have all your ingredients ready, toss them in a bowl and mix ’em up.

3. Pour on your italian dressing, you can measure or just eye-ball it, then stir it up.

Mixing up Summer Pasta Salad

4. Place the pasta into a party dish, along with some serving spoons, and it’s ready to party.

Simple Summer Pasta Salad

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You’ll be set to host your next potluck. Happy Summer!

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*This post is sponsored by Classic Salad Dressings. All ideas and opinions are my own.


  1. Kebabs on the grill and fruit pizza. Love summer! That pasta salad looks so good.

  2. cold green bean salad with olives, cherry tomatoes, and thin sliced red onions! Some Marzetti dressing would be perfect!

  3. A fresh black bean and corn salsa – black beans, grilled corn, chopped tomatoes, green onions, a little jalapeno, some cumin, and fresh squeezed lime juice! YUM!

  4. I love to serve either a pasta salad or Caramel Apple Salad. Yum!!

  5. I always bring a brownie pizza. The kids (and adults) love it!

  6. I always make a big bowl of cole slaw. Never have any left to take home – the secret is cilantro!

  7. I like to keep it fresh and simple, a good salad bar is always a hit with our family!

  8. I usually take a potatoe sald or homemade baked beans but I am going to try this salad next time!

  9. I usually make a fruit salad or a layered salad for summer parties. Your pasta salad looks yummy!

  10. I love serving potato salad or pasta salad. This one looks so good! Thanks for sharing… I will be making this!

  11. I love serving smoked mozzarella pasta salad! And ice cream pie is always a hit.

  12. we like to serve a very similar pasta salad. so easy and my kids love it.

  13. so cute! Our first summer event is this weekend. We’re going camping with friends and bringing smores of course :)

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