Recipe By CESTIE
Published Mar 28th
Rainbow Pasta Salad I
Prep 15m Cook 10m Additional 1h Ready In 1h 25m
Servings 8 servings Calories 415.1

A terrific Italian-flavored pasta salad with broccoli, pepperoni and cheese.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package tri-color rotini pasta
  • ¼ pound sliced pepperoni sausage
  • 1 cup fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 (6 ounce) can black olives, drained and sliced
  • 1 (8 ounce) package mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 (16 ounce) bottle Italian-style salad dressing

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and rinse twice in cold water.
  2. 2 In a large bowl, combine cooked pasta, pepperoni, broccoli, olives, cheese and dressing.
  3. 3 Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 415.1
  • Carbohydrate 25.6 g
  • Cholesterol 32.8 mg
  • Fat 29.1 g
  • Fiber 1.8 g
  • Protein 13.9 g
  • Saturated Fat 7.9 g
  • Sodium 1518 mg
  • Sugar 5.1 g


  1. I made a number of changes based on preference and was very pleased with the result. I used hard salami instead of pepperoni and about 1/2 a bottle of Olive Garden italian dressing. I used bowtie pasta and added diced cucumbers red onion green olives and cherry tomatoes. I substituted shredded parmesan for the shredded - Read more ...
  2. AWESOME AS IS RECIPE! I am picky about pasta salad and THIS WAS VERY GOOD! Since the original recipe, I too have played with it, added other veggies, and it ALWAYS COMES OUT GREAT!
  3. The best pasta salad I ever had. I followed a reviewers suggestion and used Good Seasons dressing. I made a mistake with the first packet and added 1/2 cup of water instead of oil. I left it at that and added the oil then another packet following the box directions exactly. The added water made - Read more ...
  4. This was good and attractive but just nothing special about it. I wish it would specify a brand name of Italian dressing since those who tried it and really liked it may have used a bottled dressing that was tastier than the Wishbone brand that I used. I use that brand on green salads so - Read more ...
  5. My husband and I loved this salad after I made a few changes. I did try it as stated also but we liked it better after the changes. I added parmesan instead of moz. cheese and I only added about half the dressing called for. I also added some grape tomatoes sliced in half and - Read more ...
  6. I use good seasons italian dressing packets, it's the best dressing for pasta salad i've come across thus far. Cherry/Grape tomatoes and grated parmasean are a must. Artichokes are a nice addition as well.
  7. I gave this 5 starts BUT I used all the suggestions from the other reviewers -but it was AWESOME. It got rave reviews when I took it to my BBQ and DH is asking for it again. He said it is better than my old pasta salad that was so much more work! I used - Read more ...
  8. Delish! Been making this for years. I cook my pasta the day before and marinate them with about 3/4 of the salad dressing. The next day I add the other ingredients and then the remainder of the salad dressing. Sometimes I vary the veggies and add onions, bell pepper, tomatoes, etc.
  9. I make this for most of the parties and picnics I go to and people always love it! I get lots of comment on how good it looks. The combination of ingredients makes a really nice presentation. It is VERY easy to make. I use block mozzarella and cut it into cubes instead of the - Read more ...