Italian Style Pasta Salad

Italian Style Pasta Salad

  • Prep:
  • Cook Time: 8 min
  • Total: 8 min
  • Serving: Serves 6

Traditionally, picnic pasta salads are doused with mayonnaise or mayonnaise-based dressings that are neither healthy nor conducive to being outside for hours on a hot day. For all of your picnics and BBQs this year, try making this healthy yet tasty alternative to the classic pasta salad.


  • 12-ounces uncooked orecchiette pasta
  • 6-ounces canned tuna
  • 6-ounces provolone cheese, diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 3/4 cup roasted red pepper, sliced
  • 6-ounces black pitted olives, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, minced
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole grain mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, until al dente. Drain and let cool.
  2. In a serving bowl, combine pasta, tuna, provolone cheese, red onion, tomato, red pepper, olives, basil, and Parmesan cheese.
  3. Whisk olive oil with vinegar, garlic, Italian seasoning, mustard, salt, and pepper.
  4. Drizzle dressing over pasta mixture and gently toss to coat. Chill until ready to serve.


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