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Bowl of italian pasta salad

Simple Italian Pasta Salad

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths-Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 22 min
  • Yield: Serves 8-10 1x


This Simple Italian Pasta Salad is made with tender pasta, olives, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, and a homemade balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing.

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  • 2 cups small dry pasta (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 cup halved Kalamata olives
  • 1 cup chopped marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh basil and/or parsley (I like a combination of the two)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste


  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions until it is cooked al dente. Drain and rinse in cold water.
  2. Add the pasta to a medium mixing bowl. Add the olives, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, onion, and fresh herbs.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, garlic powder, and ½ teaspoon salt.
  4. Add the dressing to the pasta.
  5. Stir everything together until it is all well-coated. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve right away.


This is delicious with the addition of chickpeas or white beans, pepperoni or salami, and/or some feta cheese to push this from a side to a main dish.

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 12 min
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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