Pasta Salad

Try this super easy recipe for Pasta Salad. It is a great make ahead and take-along dish for picnics and outdoor barbecues. Take it along for a potluck or office party and the presentation will WOW everyone!


Fusilli/Rotini/Corkscrew Pasta – 16 oz (cooked per directions)
Italian Dressing – enough to coat pasta
Green Onions – 4 stalks, chopped
Bell Pepper – 1/2 large, diced
Tomato – 1 large (diced) or handful of grape tomatoes cut in halves.
Black Olives – 1/2 cup, sliced
Pickled Jalapenos – finely chopped (optional)
Italian Seasoning – 1/2 tsp
Red Chili Flakes – to taste
Garlic Powder – 1/2 tsp
Black Pepper – to taste
Parmesan Cheese – 2 Tbsp (or to taste)
Salt – to taste


1. Cook the pasta al dente as per package directions.
2. Once cooked, drain water and rinse with cold water.
3. Transfer into a big mixing bowl.
4. Combine all ingredients and toss well to coat evenly.
5. Cover and allow it to marinate and chill for atleast an hour.
6. Serve cold.

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  2. This recipe was very very tasty. One of my friends does not like any kind o pasta. She had to try this and could not stop eating it. Very very good. thanks for sharing.

  3. Hi Anuja and Hejal,

    I love the way you prepared pasta salad. I must try this recipe. I have a question in my mind, can we use any variety of pasta like shell pasta. Thanks a lot for giving such an beautiful recipe.

    1. Hi Ambika,

      We use the spiral pasta because it tends to hold shape best and the spirals actually trap all the other ingredients/flavors. You could use shells, but be sure not to over cook them or they will be limp.

  4. Hi,
    I have a party and planning to make this salad.
    I wanted to know if is it okay to make this salad a day in advance or will it be bad when i serve it next day.


    1. Hi Sneha,

      Sorry for the late reply…

      The pasta salad will be okay to make a day in advance but you may need to add additional dressing when serving in case it got absorbed.

  5. Tried this recipe for dinner and it was such a hit .. my husband and I went on to eat it for breakfast and lunch the next day :-). Thanks gals once again for a wonderful dish!

  6. Hi! Just wondering doing cooking I’m cooking for the first time what is Italian Seasoning? Cld you show me bottle u guys used or tell e name the of the bottle? I’m wondering where to get it from, also the brand and type of the Italian Dressing, can’t wait to start cooking!!

    1. Hi Zanny,

      Italian seasoning is a mix of different herbs (parsley, basil, sage, etc). It is labeled as “Italian Seasoning” and can be found in the spice aisle of your local grocery store. Also, you can use any brand Italian dressing.

  7. hi hetal and anuja,
    we eat vegetable salads everyday. and i add 1/4 tbs of black salt and chat masala. i just want to know that are these 2 powders are good for health or not.

    1. Hi Veena,

      The powders are not necessarily bad for health but they are a source for sodium so eat them sparingly as you would salt.

  8. Hello, Hetal and Anuja; I am a student and for our cooking class we have to make a cooking show and me and my partner are planning to make this. I have a question: Does it taste good with Ranch or should I just stick Italian dressing?
    Also, is it okay if I don’t add Olives? Is that going to make a difference?

    1. Hi Jkhan,
      We have never tried it but think it will taste okay with Ranch dressing.
      Olives – yes, you can leave them out if you don’t have them around.

  9. Thanks Hetal & Anuja.I made it for the first time yesterday and it came out awesome.Thanks and keep up the good work 🙂

  10. I love the plant at the back, looks gorgeous. Iv got one thats very pretty too just that it grows very slowly any tips?lmao i know this is not relevant but just decided to go ahead and ask.cheers

  11. Hello Hetal and anuja,

    i was just looking for some new Indian recipes and I fund your site. I am glade because I wach your vedios every day. I like your recipes.And I am going to try lot of them.
    both of you really do a very good job. Keep it up.

  12. Hetal, where can i get black olives. I could find only green olives in bottles, but not black olives. Where can i get pls tell me. Planning to prepare it for chirstmas eve…pls reply.

    1. Hi Han,

      So sorry for the late reply. Black olives usually come in a can, not a bottle (but they are in the same aisle in the grocery store).

  13. Hey gals,
    I accidently came across ur recipies when I was browsing YouTube.
    I just wanna say I find your recipies,mannerism n your explainations as simple as they come.
    You make it fun n simple..
    Great work n thanks..
    Keep it up..
    khi -pakistan

  14. Hi Hetal & Anuja,

    Came across ur website only few weeks ago, and came to love it. After having my little ones, I completely stopped experimenting with food, and now after watching ur shows, I’m getting all excited to try out new recipes. Thank u sooo much for this great show. The best part I love abt it is that u never take ur viewers for granted, and go about explaining the tiny little details, which I soooo appreciate, so at the end of each show, I usually have all my doubts cleared.

    Keep Rocking,

  15. just want to give a suggestion,it would be more nice if u guys put tht in a serving bowl,& show it the way it looks in the beginning. it will add more beauty to the recipe i believe just a suggestion,love u guys,watched every single recipe & loved it.thanks for being there***********************************

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