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Best Summery Pasta Salad

For all the picnics, potlucks, cookouts, and tailgates ahead. It's full of delicious things like mozzarella, feta, black olives, fresh basil, tomatoes, and sausage - and it's all swimming in the easiest Italian Dressing.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Easy Summer Reipes, Fourth of July Recipes, Easy Pasta Salad, Homemade Italian Dressing
Prep Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 plus servings
Calories 511kcal
Author Stephanie Simmons


Pasta Salad

  • 1 lb pasta
  • 10 ounces fresh mozzarella I like to cut the pieces into halves or quarters
  • 14 ounces summer sausage, chopped
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped and loosely packed
  • 1 can sliced black olives
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese

Italian Dressing

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 TBSP white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt can add more, to taste
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder


  • Make the Salad: Cook and drain the pasta. Add all the other ingredients and stir to mix everything up.
  • Make the Dressing: Add dressing ingredients to a jar, make sure the lid is on tight, and shake it up for a good minute. Add dressing to salad and stir to combine well.
  • Serve + Store: Enjoy immediately! Store leftovers, tightly covered, in the fridge for up to 5-6 days.


Calories: 511kcal