Loaded Italian Pasta Salad

Fully loaded Italian pasta salad using mostly Trader Joe’s ingredients – easy, filling and perfect for summertime parties!

Loaded Italian Pasta Salad - Dash of Mandi

One of my favorite things in the summer is a cold pasta salad! They’re super easy to throw together. But, always so satisfying and delicious. I love how you can make them a number of ways. Sometimes I do a greek pasta salad which is so fresh! I also have a delicious lemon basil pasta salad that’s refreshing.

All of these ingredients can be found at Trader Joe’s besides the Banza chickpea pasta. I buy that on Amazon. You can get pasta from Trader Joe’s whether it’s gluten-free or regular! That being said, I just personally just prefer the Banza pasta. The TJ’s red lentil pasta is very good too. But, it’s red so in all honesty I wasn’t sure how it would photograph.

What you will need for this recipe:

Rotini pasta, or pasta of choice

Cherry tomatoes

Hard salami


Sliced black olives

Green bell pepper

Trader Joe’s chili onion crunch

Trader Joe’s Italian dressing

Fresh lemon juice

Fresh parsley, salt and pepper

Pasta Salad Ingredients

Other recipes you will love:

Antipasto salad

Greek Risoni salad

Lemon basil pasta salad

Copy cat Olive Garden salad

I love the addition of chili onion crunch in this recipe! If you haven’t tried this product from Trader Joe’s yet – I highly recommend that you do! It adds so much flavor to any dish. I throw it in pasta, eggs, pizza, brussels sprouts.. really anything that’s savory.

Pasta Salad Recipe - Dash of Mandi

I hope you enjoy this summer recipe as much as I do! This loaded Italian pasta salad belongs at every summer BBQ.


Loaded Italian Pasta Salad



1 lb. rotini pasta, or pasta of choice

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

1 green bell pepper, chopped

hard salami, cut into small pieces, to taste

6 oz. mozzarella, cut into small cubes

1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped

3.8 oz. can of sliced black olives, drained

1 tbsp Trader Joe’s chili onion crunch, or to taste

1/2 cup Trader Joe’s Italian dressing, or to taste

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

salt and pepper, to taste


Cook pasta according to package instructions (I recommend al dante for pasta salads), rinse with cold water and add to a large mixing bowl.

Add all of the other ingredients and mix together.

Taste and adjust seasonings/dressing if need be. Cover and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes before serving!

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