Can you believe Memorial Day is sneaking up on us . . . let the summer fun begin! If your sunny season plans include BBQs, family reunions, or outdoor entertaining, this pizza pasta salad feeds a crowd and has all your favorite pizza toppings in a delicious pasta. Pepperoni, Olives, Cheese, Peppers, Tomatoes, Onions . . . it’s all there.
Mix it up ahead of time for picnics and parties, or keep it on hand for fast and easy, cool summer suppers.
Pizza Pasta Salad
1 (12 ounce) package garden spiral noodles, cooked and cooled
1 cup pepperoni slices, halved (more to taste)
1 can black olives, drained well
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, cubed
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 cup diced green or red pepper
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
2 bunches green onions, sliced
1 1/2 – 2 cups zesty Italian dressing (I use Olive Garden)*, divided use
Toss together the noodles, pepperoni, olives, cheeses, peppers, tomatoes, and green onion. Stir in 1 cup dressing. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight to allow pasta to soak up flavors. When ready to serve you will need to add more dressing as needed.
Note: Olive Garden dressing packs a lot of zesty flavor as you know. It is now in my Walmart and Kroger. If you can’t find it, you may want to add a tablespoon of dry Italian Dressing Mix to your regular Italian Dressing.