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The secret to a great tri color pasta salad is to fill it with your favorite brightly colored flavorful vegetables. Add mushrooms for extra protein and flavor!
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Tri Color Pasta Salad

Tri Color Pasta Salad Recipe is a perfect side dish or full meal that is full of vegetables and bright flavors! Follow our easy recipe for a perfect dish. 
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Keyword tri color pasta salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 512kcal
Author Dina Polyashov

Ingredients

  • 1 12 oz package tri-color rotini
  • 2/3 cup red bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes sliced in halves
  • 1 cup mushrooms sliced
  • 1 cup black olives sliced
  • 2 2/3 cup Italian dressing

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to the package making sure to salt the water well. Once the pasta is cooked, pour it into a colander and rinse the pasta with cold water to stop it from cooking any anymore. After all the water is strained, place the pasta into a large bowl.
  • Chop the bell pepper and red onion, then slice the tomatoes, and mushrooms.
  • Add the vegetables to the pasta and mix just to combine
  • Pour the Italian dressing over the pasta and stir well. It might seem like a lot of dressing at first, but the pasta will absorb a lot of it.
  • serve chilled.

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Notes

What to serve it with
Most cold pasta salads are served in the summer as a refreshing side dish. That is why we love to serve it with grilled barbecue wings, cedar plank salmon, grilled chicken kabobs, or even with a grilled Caprese sandwich.  
Storing and shelflife
This salad tastes best the same day after its been chilled. But you can keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days. After the pasta starts to become mushy. Just make sure to cover the bowl with plastic wrap tightly. 

Nutrition

Calories: 512kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 1395mg | Potassium: 383mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 765IU | Vitamin C: 28.5mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1.4mg