Looking for a picnic recipe that everyone will love? This potluck pasta salad recipe is perfect for an easy dinner recipe, or for a get together.

Italian Pasta Salad


  • 2 boxes of tri colored garden pasta
  • 1 stick of pepperoni. You can use the slices. I like the sticks because I like the big chunks of pepperoni.
  • 8 ounce block of Colby Jack cheese
  • 8 ounce block of sharp white cheddar cheese
  • olives
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of vinegar


  1. As you finish each step, add it into a very large bowl.
  2. Start water to cook the pasta. Be sure to salt the water. This will make the noodles have more flavor and you will not have to add salt to the pasta salad. Cook until al dente. Cool the noodles before adding into the bowl.
  3. Cut the pepperoni into slices, then quarter each slice.
  4. Cut the cheeses into cubes.
  5. Make sure the olives you use are pitted, or pit them before using. Pour some of the dipping oil from the olives into the pasta bowl.
  6. After adding all of the ingredients into the bowl, add in the oil and vinegar. Mix everything all together. Serve immediately or chill.