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Italian Antipasto Pasta Salad

This Italian Antipasto Pasta Salad is a tasty make-ahead side dish or meal that's full of veggies, salami, cheese, and seasonings. It's an easy pasta salad that everyone loves!
Prep Time15 mins
Chill Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: antipasto pasta salad, antipasto salad, antipasto salad recipe, easy pasta salad, how to make pasta salad, italian pasta salad, italian salad, italian salad recipe
Servings: 12
Calories: 220kcal


  • Salad Bowl


  • 3 cups dried pasta, bow tie or penne
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 2 cups strips of red and yellow sweet peppers
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup salami, cubed
  • 1 cup canned artichoke hearts, quartered
  • 1 cup cubed monterey jack cheese, or other cheese of choice
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onions
  • 6 leaves fresh basil, stacked and rolled up together, then thinly sliced into ribbons
  • 1/2 cup bottled Italian salad dressing, or to taste


  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water. Drain well.
  • In a large salad bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, salt, garlic salt and pepper.
  • Add cooked pasta to the salad bowl; stir to coat.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 to 24 hours.
  • Remove salad from fridge.
  • Add prepared peppers, tomatoes, salami, artichoke hearts, cheese, olives, onions and basil.
  • Add the salad dressing and toss to coat.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 24 hours.


This recipe makes 12 side salads.


Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 841mg | Potassium: 209mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1014IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 1mg