Delicious and easy pasta salad


Today I have a simple and yummy recipe to share with you, that is perfect for summer! It’s a great side dish to bring to a BBQ or family gathering.

EASY pasta salad

I got this easy pasta salad recipe from my mother and law and changed a few things up to make it my own. All it  contains is noodles, veggies and Italian dressing. It can’t get more simple than that! Throw in your favorite veggies to make it your own and a dish your family will love. It really is a favorite around our house!


Delicious and easy pasta salad


  • 11/2 boxes rotini noodles or penne pasta
  • 1 bottle wishbone Italian dressing
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 2 cups chick peas
  • 1 purple onion
  • 1 cup olives optional


1. Cook noodles according to package. Drain and rinse under cold water.
2. Slice veggies and combine with pasta in a large bowl.
3. Pour Italian dressing over the top and refrigerate until ready to serve. Can also top with cheese.


easy pasta salad

Fresh cherry tomatoes are my favorite. Topped with Italian dressing…mmm. Don’t you just want to take a bite?!

Easy pasta salad


Looking for more salad recipes? Check out these: Pesto salad, BBQ chicken salad, Zesty Spring salad,  poppy seed salad.

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Alexandra posted on August 2, 2012 at 2:13 pm (#

    Yes! It is one of my favorite salads too, especially in the summer. Sometimes i also add cubed cheese and black olives. Like you said, it is so simple and so easy to make it your own.

  2. Bonnie B. posted on August 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm (#

    I love pasta salad and make one similar to this one. I use Bernstein’s Cheese Fantastico Italian dressing. It is awesome and stands up well with the pasta and veggies.

  3. Heather posted on August 2, 2012 at 5:31 pm (#

    We make this salad all the time in the summer! We add black olives, cubed cheese, and turkey pepperoni to it also! So good and the kids love it!

  4. kara posted on August 4, 2012 at 5:44 am (#

    This looks delicious! Great pics too.

    • Jamielyn posted on August 5, 2012 at 4:25 pm (#

      Thanks Kara! It’s such a yummy and easy salad. XO

  5. Debra Baldwin posted on August 7, 2012 at 1:21 am (#

    I love this salad and I am sure that I can eat a lot of this. Thanks for sharing the recipe so I am sure that I will make this one afterward.

  6. Mom Photographer posted on August 7, 2012 at 5:45 am (#

    it sounds like a perfect dish for hot summer days. looks awesome, too!

  7. bev posted on September 12, 2012 at 5:20 am (#

    That looks awesome….love the jars. Do you have a special place you get them ?

    • Jamielyn posted on September 13, 2012 at 9:00 pm (#

      Thanks Bev! I found the jars at Target. Love that store! :)

  8. Ambika Choudhary Mahajan posted on October 28, 2012 at 10:33 am (#

    I rate myself at 3 on a scale of 10 as far as cooking skills are concerned.
    And I’ve come across such amazingly simple yet wonderful recipes around here today that I am sure come back for more in the near future.
    Already subscribed to your email updates. :)

  9. Kristy posted on February 15, 2015 at 9:31 pm (#

    Am I crazy or does the picture look like sugar snap peas instead of chickpeas? Lol I love both and I’m sure the recipe would be equally great with either!

  10. Leah Hughes posted on March 22, 2015 at 4:00 pm (#

    Made this yesterday and had to make a new batch….didn’t last long….yum

    • Jamielyn posted on March 26, 2015 at 11:50 pm (#

      I’m so glad you liked it! Thanks for your comment! :)