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Quick & Easy Pasta Salad

If you’re running out of time and need to whip up a side dish fast, then this is the perfect recipe for you! This yummy and Easy Pasta Salad recipe is packed with vegetables, tender pasta, and a zesty dressing. It’s salad is sure to become a favorite at any table and is made from simple ingredients.

Wooden bowl with pasta salad in it that has cucumbers, tomatoes, olives and artichokes.

It’s Versatile

Make your own combinations! Feel free to customize this recipe with your favorite vegetables or add protein for a complete meal (I do this for lunch a lot!).

Protein Ideas:

  • chicken
  • shrimp
  • grilled steak
  • tuna
  • hard boiled egg
  • chickpeas
  • peas
  • tofu

Veggie Ideas:

  • arugula
  • bell peppers
  • shredded carrots
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • celery
  • roasted zucchini
  • sweet corn
White bowl containing the ingredients to make Quick and Easy Pasta Salad.

Make This Easy Pasta Salad Ahead of Time

If you’re not in a hurry, this salad can be made ahead of time, making it perfect for picnics, potlucks, or meal prep for the week. So why wait? Whip up a batch of this delicious and easy pasta salad and watch it disappear in no time!

Stainless steel mixing bowl with dressing and whisk.
Stainless steel mixing bowl with dressing.
Antique silver spoon filled with pasta salad.


If you liked this recipe, you can click HERE to check out more of my side dish recipes on the blog or head on over to my Side Dish Board on Pinterest!

Wooden bowl with pasta salad in it that has cucumbers, tomatoes, olives and artichokes.

Quick & Easy Pasta Salad

Indulge in the vibrant flavors and colors of Tri-Color Pasta Salad. Bursting with fresh vegetables and tossed in a tangy dressing, this versatile dish is perfect for any occasion.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 6


Pasta Salad

  • 4 cups cooked fusilli pasta
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 cup english cucumbers (cut in half lengthwise and sliced)
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup artichoke heart quarters (drained)
  • 1/2 cup black olive slices (drained)


  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced (to taste)
  • 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  • Prepare the pasta according the the package instructions, drain. Toss a drizzle of olive oil with the cooked pasta. This helps the pasta to not stick together. Set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients.
  • Once cooled to room temperature, add the pasta and the remaining ingredients to the large bowl with the dressing.
  • Thoroughly mix and serve.
Keyword easy, pasta, pasta salad, quick, side dish
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