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This 3 ingredient pasta salad is perfect for your next picnic or pot luck with fresh Italian dressing, creamy mozzarella, and spicy pepperoni.

This 3 ingredient pasta salad is perfect for your next picnic or pot luck with fresh Italian dressing, creamy mozzarella, and spicy pepperoni.

When it comes to potato and pasta salad I’m a pretty simple gal.  So, it’s no surprise that the pasta salad I grew up on was nothing but pasta and Italian dressing.  This was how my grandma made pasta salad for as long as I can remember.  And when I started experimenting with different recipes I just couldn’t shake the old standby.  It just doesn’t get easier than 1 ingredient, besides the pasta of course.

Then one day I made this pasta salad for an end of the year picnic.  I especially like this for a picnic because it has no mayo, sour cream, or cream cheese in it so it doesn’t need to be refrigerated.  A friend mentioned in passing that it would be great with some mozzarella.  And it was like fireworks and angels singing.  Or something.  So the very next time I made it I added some chunks of mozzarella when it was still warm.  They got soft but not melted because they were in chunks and it was soooo good.

This 3 ingredient pasta salad is perfect for your next picnic or pot luck with fresh Italian dressing, creamy mozzarella, and spicy pepperoni.

And I ate it happily this way for another few years until another friend suggested adding pepperoni.  I’m starting to realize I have some pretty genius foodie friends.  And while this pasta salad isn’t at all complicated with it’s 3 ingredients, it’s absolutely delicious!  Could you make your own Italian dressing?  Of course!  But then you would be a fancier person than me because I use the stuff straight out of the bottle.  And the next time you get invited to a picnic, pot luck, or backyard bbq whip this stuff up and enjoy an easy side dish that won’t give you food poisoning from sitting out in the hot summer sun 😉

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This 3 ingredient pasta salad is perfect for your next picnic or pot luck with fresh Italian dressing, creamy mozzarella, and spicy pepperoni.

Meaghan

This 3 ingredient pasta salad is perfect for your next picnic or pot luck with fresh Italian dressing, creamy mozzarella, and spicy pepperoni.

3 Ingredient Pasta Salad

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz large shell pasta, cooked
  • 2 oz pepperoni, cut into strips
  • 4 oz mozzarella, cut into 1/2 inch chunks*
  • 1/2 cup Italian dressing

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, mixing until well coated, and chill for 1-2 hours.
  2. Serve cold.

This 3 ingredient pasta salad is perfect for your next picnic or pot luck with fresh Italian dressing, creamy mozzarella, and spicy pepperoni.

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Brian Jones

Sunday 3rd of July 2016

Sometimes less really can be more, simple great flavours and a quick turn around time are always a huge positive :D

Meaghan

Tuesday 5th of July 2016

Agree! This is one of my favorite things to make a big batch of so I can eat it throughout the week when I don't have the energy for anything but leftovers :)

~Meaghan

Byron Thomas

Tuesday 28th of June 2016

Hey, Southern Belle! I do declare that I love me a simple pasta salad! I think sometimes we get so caught up with trendy ingredients and complicated recipes that we forget that simple things in life are better - and that includes food! I've been on a big food kick lately which is allowing me to explore a minimum number of ingredients which transform into something yummy - like this pasta salad! Bravo!

Meaghan

Wednesday 29th of June 2016

Agreed! I love when we can just keep it simple and classy and down home. Sorry, quinoa my pasta salad has just 3 ingredients.

~Meaghan