This is the perfect Easy Pasta Salad Recipe! Loaded with veggies, it’s dressed with creamy bottled dressing to make your life even simpler. Don’t wait to make this classic, go-to summer side dish that never goes out of style!

One of my favorite dishes to take to any potluck is this pasta salad recipe. It’s always a huge hit and it couldn’t be easier! It’s a perfect and perfectly satisfying side dish for potlucks and barbecues. I love to serve it with my Fruit Salad, Zucchini Casserole, Cheesy Potatoes, and Buffalo Chicken Dip!

overhead view of pasta salad in a white bowl

Easy Pasta Salad Recipe

I get the most compliments for this summer side dish and I have a secret to share: I don’t even make the sauce homemade! I know! I use a bottled mix of …. well, just read on and I’ll share with you below!

I’m all about being in the kitchen and making homemade food for my family, but I’m not about spending hours and hours standing at the kitchen counter. I am always looking to create easy recipes that always turn out delicious. This simple yet amazing pasta salad is one of those recipes!

So what’s my favorite dressing to use in this salad? It’s Marzetti’s Original Slaw Dressing! YES! I know it sounds really odd but it is the perfect complement to your pasta salad. Everyone loves it and is shocked to find out exactly what I use!

If you want something a little lighter, try my Spaghetti Salad!

Ingredients for Easy Pasta Salad

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

  • Tri-Color Rotini Pasta – You can use any brand. You can also use plain, non-colored pasta.
  • Cucumber – For a nice juicy crunchy.
  • Cherry Tomatoes – This is a great salad to make during tomato season because the tomatoes will taste extra good.
  • Purple Onion
  • Marzetti’s Orignial Slaw Dressing – This is my favorite dressing to use in this salad! You could also use a creamy Italian style salad dressing.
  • Salt and Pepper – Sea salt or table salt and freshly ground pepper is best.

Quick Tip

While I really think you should use the Marzetti’s dressing, if you can’t find it or prefer to use something else, you could use a bottle of Italian salad dressing or creamy Italian salad dressing. Either one will also bring loads of flavor to your pasta salad.

pasta salad in a bowl overhead view

How To Make Easy Pasta Salad

You will be shocked at just how easy this dish is to make and you’ll wonder why you ever bought one of those little containers of pasta in the deli!

  1. Make the pasta: First, boil 1 box of pasta until al dente. I like to use rainbow rotini pasta for this dish. You could use any kind that you like, but I’ve found that it holds the sauce well and it looks pretty! Do not overcook. The pasta will soak up all of the dressing and will get softer as it sits.
  2. Prepare the vegetables: While the pasta is boiling, cut up 1 cucumber into bite-size pieces, 1 pint of cherry tomatoes in half and 1/4 of a purple onion – if desired. My kids don’t like the onion so I leave it out. But I really like it in this dish. It gives it a great flavor that isn’t overwhelming.
  3. Place pasta in bowl: Once the pasta is done cooking – about 8 minutes or so – drain all the water and add to a large bowl. You can run the noodles under cold water to stop them from cooking.
  4. Toss with veggies and sauce: Next, toss in your veggies and dressing.
  5. Mix and chill: Finally, mix everything together and chill the salad for at least 3-4 hours. Give a good stir when you’re ready to serve it.

Quick Tip

Add the dressing to the pasta while it’s still warm – this will help the pasta to get fully coated with the dressing and make sure it soaks up all of that delicious flavor.

pasta salad with veggies

How to Store Pasta Salad

Store the leftover salad in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Serve the salad cold and straight from the fridge.

Serving Suggestions

Pasta salad goes so well with so many dishes! Here are a few of my favorites:


What is the best pasta for pasta salad?

Short, twisty pasta shapes like fusilli and rotini are great to use in for pasta salad as well as cavatappi, a larger pasta also known as “corkscrew macaroni.”

Is it better to make pasta salad the night before?

if you can, make this pasta salad the night before you plan to serve it. The long rest time in the fridge will help the dressing really soak into the pasta and vegetables, infusing them with lots of flavor.

Do you rinse off pasta for pasta salad?

You can rinse the pasta before using it in pasta salad if you wish.

More Easy Salad Recipes

Pasta Salad

This is the perfect Easy Pasta Salad Recipe! Loaded with veggies, it's dressed with creamy bottled dressing to make your life even simpler. Don't wait to make this classic, go-to summer side dish that never goes out of style!
4.12 from 9 votes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 box of Tri-Color Rotini Pasta
  • 1 cucumber, cut up into bite-size pieces
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small purple onion, diced
  • 1 jar of Marzetti’s Orignial Slaw Dressing
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Boil pasta according to box directions. Drain and place pasta in a large serving bowl.
  • Prepare the veggies by cutting them into bite-size pieces.
  • Mix entire jar of dressing into the pasta.
  • Add the prepared vegetables and add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place the salad in the fridge and chill for several hours or overnight before serving.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 14kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 211IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Just made this for our family Labor day weekend picnic. Let me just say……this salad is amazing! I expected zesty, because that is what you usually get with these salads….zesty. However, that is not what you get from this one! It’s a bit sweet by itself, then you add in all the ingredients and it swirls all the yummy together! Thank you so much for sharing! I will never go back to the zesty again!!

    1. Shyanne - ATM Team says:

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Vennessa!

  2. Hi Kasey!
    What size box of rotini and what size bottle of Marietta dressing!


    1. Sorry, Marzetti dressing. Spellcheck!

  3. Hi Kasey, Making this for dinner and will be back this evening to let you know my results! It looks wonderful though.

    1. 5 stars
      Ok, so here i is……My husband says I swear like a sailor, so I won’t. lol Who would have thought that slaw dressing would be this good as a pasta salad dressing. My new favorite!! I am not one for the Italian dressing all the time, so having a creamy option is absolutely wonderful. The store near my home had the Marzetti slaw dressing reduced, so I bought one. Seeing this recipe got me thinking and you hit something on the head girlfriend! Even the husband enjoyed the simple creaminess. I can’t wait to try your other recipes. Thank you and be safe right now!

  4. I’m only able to view first pasta recipe.

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