Deli Style Pasta Salad

Change up your ordinary pasta salad with this Deli Style Pasta Salad! It’s perfect for potlucks, cookouts, or even to serve your family. With the addition of cheese and meat, it’s also hearty enough to have for a meal on a hot Summer night.

Change up your ordinary Pasta Salad with the addition of meats and cheese in this Deli Style Pasta Salad! Hearty enough for a meal on a hot Summer night! Be sure to save the recipe by pinning to your Recipe Board!

One of the things I love most about Pasta Salad is that you can add a few extra ingredients or load it up like we do! Pair it with cheese and crackers and you have a quick, veggie and protein packed dinner!

Pasta Salad

Over the years I have added lots of different ingredients to our Pasta Salad, but I always come back to this version with tomatoes, green peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, ham, pepperoni and cheese.

Often during the Summer when it’s hot and I just don’t feel like cooking a big meal, I whip up this Deli Style Pasta Salad for dinner.

Change up your ordinary Pasta Salad with the addition of meats and cheese in this Deli Style Pasta Salad! Hearty enough for a meal on a hot Summer night! Be sure to save the recipe by pinning to your Recipe Board!

For us the Summer means cookouts and picnics. This Pasta Salad is also perfect to pack in a picnic basket or cooler. I like using mason jars, they are easy to pack and easy to eat from – don’t forget the fork.

Pasta SaladWhat do you like to add to your Pasta Salad?

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Deli Style Pasta Salad Recipe
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A delicious salad to serve as dinner, take to a potluck or on a picnic.
Recipe type: Salad
  • 1 box of rotini pasta, cooked according to the directions on the box
  • 1 small head of broccoli, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tomatoes
  • ½ large green pepper, chopped small
  • 8-10 mushrooms, sliced thinly
  • 1 block chunk Colby/Monterey blend, cut into bite size pieces
  • 25-30 pieces of pepperoni, cut into quarters
  • 4 slices of deli ham, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 bottle Italian dressing
  1. Cook pasta according to the directions on the box, rinse in cold water
  2. Chop all the veggies, meat and cheese
  3. Add to pasta
  4. Add the Italian Dressing {you will probably use the whole bottle, but use it in stages, adding a little at a time and let the salad rest}
Liz says...
This Pasta Salad is very versatile, you can add whatever extra ingredients you like. It's also best if you make it the day before, to give the pasta some time to soak up the dressing.

Sharing with Meal Plan Monday at Southern Plate.


  1. Liz, this looks incredible! I am definitely going to be putting it on my menu soon. Thank you. (pinning with pleasure) Tabitha (a.k.a. Penny) recently posted..Weekend Potluck: March 23rd ~ March 25thMy Profile
  2. I love a good pasta salad. This looks delish. Thanks for sharing. I would love it if you could link this up to our linky party going on right now.
  3. I can't wait to try this! Renonda recently posted..Crazy bird part 1My Profile
  4. What a great idea! It looks delicious and I love how they are in mason jars. :) I'm your newest follower via the Tatertots & Jello link party. Megan
  5. This looks delcious! What a great idea! Chrissy recently posted..Mom's Travel BagMy Profile
  6. I saw this before I have had a chance to have Supper...Omg, I am truly salivating that loooks SOOO Good!! Thank you for posting...need to wipe up my drool..LOL
  7. this looks great! just pinned it! thanks!
  8. Wow this looks truly delicious! Definitely saving this recipe to add to my meal plan at some point or to have for a picnic! Pamela @ Pink Hammers & Sippy Cups recently posted..Sisal Rope & Milk Jug Bird FeederMy Profile
  9. oh yum! must try this one. cheryl xox. cheryl @ nefotlak. recently posted..some things for the bathroom.....My Profile
  10. YUM! This looks tasty and so cute in the jars! We'd love to have you join us at Wayward Weekend, our new link party, if you're interested =) Just Jaime recently posted..Wayward Weekend 9My Profile
  11. What I add to mine depends on what's in the fridge and whither it's as a side dish or main course. I usually use hard salami where you used pepperoni and crumble a slice or two of bacon. I almost always add carrots because I love raw carrots. Onions because I'm not sure I don't know how to cook, with out chopping an onion first, lol. I don't even like celery but if I have any I throw a stalk or two in for crunch (flavor hides pretty well under all the other great flavors). I've even been known to chop up a little cauliflower if I have it. Ranch dressing is pretty good in a pinch but I prefer just simply olive oil and lemon juice. But I tend to let everyone dress there on. I say eat what you enjoy. If it's for a meal, I add ham, chicken whatever is left over in the fridge, boiled eggs, and a can of white beans. It's
  12. These are simple and absolutely delicious! Thanks for joining the Delicious Dishes Recipe Party!
  13. This looks so good. I am a huge pasta fan, which unfortunately is something I have to change, but it will be a slow process. Thank you for sharing this with us on the #HomeMattersParty. We hope to see you when we open our doors on Friday at 12 AM EST.
  14. Extra delicious with the ingredients you've used. I love the jars too. Sharing on Facebook. Thanks for joining Thoughts of HOme on Thursday. We love having you. :)
  15. Looks great and I love the idea of using the mason jars! Perfect for a picnic! Thank you for sharing with Delicious Dishes Recipe Party. Hope to see you again next week!

  16. Love the mason jar idea to carry pasta.Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty. We would love to have you again next week. sahana recently posted..Home Matters Linky Party #95My Profile
  17. Looks Great going to try it today, but first I have to find a good Italian Dressing recipe. I don't use bottled. If you have one this would be a 5 STAR for sure Thanks

  18. One of my family favorite recipe. My son loves it so much. Thanks for sharing!


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