Zesty Italian Pasta Salad
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5 from 2 votes

Zesty Italian Pasta Salad

A zesty pasta salad loaded with fresh, colorful vegetables. This side dish is perfect for all of your gatherings, picnics and potlucks.
Course Pasta, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Italian pasta salad
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 270kcal
Author Buy This Cook That


  • 16 ounces tri color pasta
  • 15 ounces Wish-Bone® House Italian Dressing divided
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 cloves garlic pressed
  • 1 teaspoon dry Italian herbs
  • 1.5 cups cauliflower chopped
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 green bell pepper seeded, thinly sliced, chopped
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper seeded, thinly sliced, chopped
  • 1 carrot peeled, shredded
  • 1 small cucumber chopped
  • 1/2 cup green olives sliced
  • 1/2 cup purple onion thinly sliced, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Feta cheese crumbled


  • First, cook the pasta according to package directions for al dente. If the package does not specify al dente, cook for 1 minute less than recommended time.
  • Next, drain the pasta into a collander and rinse immediately with COLD water to stop the cooking process. Add a cup of ice cubes and toss the pasta salad. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, stir together half a bottle of Wish-Bone® House Italian Dressing (15 oz bottle), honey, garlic, and Italian herbs.
  • Then add all of the prepared vegetables chopped as noted in the ingredient list. Stir to combine well.
  • Pick any unmelted ice cubes out of the pasta. Next, add the pasta to the bowl and stir and toss to combine the pasta, dressing, and vegetables.
  • Cover and refrigerate. Thirty minutes before serving, stir in the Feta cheese and remaining Italian dressing.


I have made this with so many varieties of vegetables, and use whatever I have on hand. It is great with fresh, crunchy shreds of cabbage, broccoli, cucumbers, peas and more. You can't really go wrong here. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 520mg | Potassium: 247mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1195IU | Vitamin C: 19.6mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 0.9mg