Fully loaded Italian pasta salad using mostly Trader Joe’s ingredients – easy, filling and perfect for summertime parties!
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
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
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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.
I hope you enjoy this summer recipe as much as I do! This loaded Italian pasta salad belongs at every summer BBQ.Print
8 oz. 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!