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easy deli style pasta salad recipe

Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword deli style pasta salad, pasta salad
Servings 6


  • 1 box of tricolor pasta 12 or 16 oz box – both work fine – cooked, drained and cooled
  • 1 small onion see prep notes below
  • 3 roma tomatoes – diced
  • 1 english cucumber – deseeded and diced
  • 1 cup of sliced black olives
  • 1 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup of italian dressing we love Olive Garden
  • 3 cups of chicken breast cubed (rotisserie or leftovers are perfect for this!)


  1. In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredient – saving the italian dressing for last.
  2. Toss in as much dressing as you need to lightly coat the entire salad mixture.
  3. Once mixed, put into a large bowl and seal, then refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving (over night is even better!)

For the onion – dice into small pieces, then blanch in a small pot of water for 3-4 minutes until barely translucent. Drain and cool before adding to the salad. (You can do this while the pasta cooks.)