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Contest-Winning Picnic Pasta Salad

My family's not big on traditional pasta salads made with mayonnaise, so when I served this colorful version that uses Italian dressing, it was a big hit. This crowd-pleaser is loaded with vegetables, beans and tricolor pasta. -Felicia Fiocchi, Vineland, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 1 package (12 ounces) tricolor spiral pasta
  • 1 package (10 ounces) refrigerated tricolor tortellini
  • 1 jar (7-1/2 ounces) marinated artichoke hearts, undrained
  • 1/2 pound fresh broccoli florets (about 1-3/4 cups)
  • 12 ounces provolone cheese, cubed
  • 12 ounces hard salami, cubed
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (2-1/4 ounces each) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 envelopes Italian salad dressing mix


  • Cook spiral pasta and tortellini according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water. Place in a large bowl; add the artichokes, broccoli, provolone cheese, salami, peppers, beans, olives, onion and garlic.
  • Prepare salad dressing according to package directions; pour over salad and toss to coat. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • This salad has so many goodies you don't have to dig to find them. But you can stretch the recipe (and save some moolah) by cooking another 12-ounce package of tricolor spiral pasta and drizzling it with olive oil before adding it to the salad.
  • Don't be afraid to make this ahead of time. The flavors actually improve overnight.
  • Nutrition Facts
    3/4 cup: 411 calories, 23g fat (8g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 1156mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 18g protein.


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    • sharfastback
      May 10, 2019

      I am going to assume you didnt mean to put th 2 pakages of Italian seasoning, dressing mix on here, 4 X's. so should I only be using 2?

    • Stark
      Jun 27, 2018

      Butterfly I see why so many people questioned your gave it 5 stars and then changed most everything !! Geezs.

    • cindiak
      Dec 5, 2017

      Made this for our company open house. I omitted the olives (personal preference) and added salt/pepper. Everyone loved it.

    • Barbara
      Nov 10, 2017

      Took second place with this dish at our community picnic

    • HEXA
      Apr 15, 2017

      Great recipe! Perfect when you're tired of making the same old potato or macaroni salads. Lots of great flavours that mingle well. Even more delicious as leftovers the next day

    • dolo12
      Jul 30, 2016

      This is my idea of a pasta salad! Great ingredient to pasta ratio.

    • amehart
      May 17, 2016

      LOVED this salad and it made a huge amount. Which everyone loved so they could have some the next day. Big hit at my father's 90th birthday celebration!

    • runnermomto4
      Oct 13, 2015

      Delicious! Holds up really well for a picnic and everyone loved it!

    • Aquarelle
      Jul 4, 2014

      I took a bowl of this to a family potluck get-together today. I made just a few changes: forgot to buy broccoli, so omitted it, added some siced green stuffed olives, used a 7-oz. box of dried tortellini, subbed green onions for the red onion, and left the garlic out. It was still very good! There is a little left over (there was a LOT of food), but it won't last long around here as my daughter and I just love this.

    • cherylrein
      Jun 2, 2014

      I have made this recipe for years, as it appeared in a Taste of Home issue previously. We love it. And it makes a large salad for a big group. In fact, I'm getting hungry for it just reading about it!