Classic Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

Certainly! Here’s a recipe for a classic Italian pasta salad:


  • 1 pound of pasta (penne, fusilli or rotini work well)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, diced
  • 1/2 cup black olives, sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions until al dente, then drain and rinse it under cold water to stop the cooking process.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, black olives, red onion, and fresh basil.
  3. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.

  1. Pour the dressing over the pasta salad, and toss everything together until well coated.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  3. When ready to serve, give the pasta salad a final toss to redistribute the dressing, then garnish with a few extra fresh basil leaves.

Enjoy your delicious Classic Italian Pasta Salad!

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