Make this easy pantry pasta salad recipe for a side that’s perfect for spring or summer!

This cold pasta salad recipe features delicious, colorful pasta, Italian dressing, cheddar cheese chunks, and more. It’s a classic side dish that goes well with pretty much any protein, especially delicious grilled or fried chicken.

Pantry Pasta Salad Recipe

Kristi poses with pantry pasta salad ingredients.

Ingredients you will need:

  • 1 (12 oz.) package twist rainbow pasta
  • 1/2 head fresh cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1/2 head fresh broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1/2 red onion, cut into 1/2″ chunks
  • 1 C. cheddar cheese, cut into chunks
  • 1 C. pepperoni slices, cut in half
  • 1 (16 oz.) can black olives, drained
  • 3/4 C. Italian dressing

Cook twist rainbow pasta in salted water.

Rainbow twist pasta boils in a saucepan.

Drain pasta and let cool.

Kristi drains rainbow twist pasta.

Cut your vegetables as needed.

Kristi cuts cauliflower with the Rada Super Parer.

Add cauliflower and broccoli to cooked pasta.

Kristi uses the Rada Cutting Board to put fresh vegetables in a bowl.

Add cheese, pepperoni, black olives.

Pantry Pasta Salad step 9

Add Italian dressing.

Kristi pours Italian dressing into pasta salad.

Mix well. If you want to make this salad in advance, add a little more Italian dressing before serving.

Kristi stirs pasta salad with a Rada Cook's Spoon.

Serve and enjoy!

Kristi poses with a completed Pantry Pasta Salad.

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Pantry Pasta Salad Video Recipe


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Hi, Kristi in the Rada Cutlery Kitchen, and today I’m going to make for you a pantry pasta salad. It’s called this because you can use all sorts of things out of your pantry.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook 1 12 oz. package of twist rainbow pasta. Drain and let cool. In a large bowl, add half a head of fresh cauliflower cut into small pieces, a half head of broccoli cut into small pieces, and a half a red onion cut into half inch chunks.

Add 1 cup of half inch chunk cheddar cheese, 1 cup of halved pepperoni slices, a drained can of black olives, and ¾ cup of Italian dressing. Mix well. If you want to make this salad in advance, be sure to add a little more Italian dressing just before serving.

And there you have a delicious pantry pasta salad! Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, and visit us on our website at

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