4th of July Italian Pasta Salad {Side Dishes}

When we celebrate the 4th of July we do it with the 3 F's:

Food, Family, and Fireworks!

And the food part is usually left up to me. Burgers are the main go to but the side dishes are the ones we try to change up and make better each year. This year I'll be bringing some delicious pasta salad that includes a few of my favorite flavors: pepperonis and mozzarella!

Not only is this dish easy to make, you can prepare everything the night before and let it sit in the fridge to marinate and just grab it right before you leave for the party. And while it doesn't have any blue in the mix, the red and white is covered! Paired with a juicy burger and delicious green salad and you have the perfect July 4th celebratory meal.

Italian Pasta Salad
  • 1 package Trader Joe's fusilli pasta, cooked and drained
  • 3 ounces Hormel Pepperoni Minis
  • 6 Kraft provolone slices, diced
  • 5 ounces Frigo part skim mozzarella 
  • 1 6 ounce can large black olives
  • 1 15 ounce can garbanzo beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 teaspoon parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon basil, shredded
For the Dressing:
  • 1/8 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

In a large bowl, toss together the pasta, pepperoni, cheese, olives, beans, tomatoes, parsley and basil.

To make the dressing, whisk together the vinegar, lemon juice, honey and salt. While whisking vigorously, slowly drizzle in the olive oil. Once combined, pour over pasta mixture to coat and toss. Store, covered, in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

Serves 20 | 4 WW+ Points (1/2 cup)

What are you making for your 4th of July celebration?

8 comment(s) with love:

LaVonne @ Long Wait said... Reply To This Comment

Yay! You gave the weight watchers points! :) Thanks for sharing this. It looks yummy.

We are having an Asian noodle salad with salmon.

AMBER EDWARDS said... Reply To This Comment

oh that looks good! I'm not much for making salads but I do enjoy eating them.

royalegacy said... Reply To This Comment

We are making pork candy back ribs. I consider them candy because we cook them with our own plum sauce. They come out so tender and succulent--just like candy!

Danielle @ Royalegacy

Krystle said... Reply To This Comment

Pasta salad is one of our picnic staples, however its always the same old same old. Thanks for the idea on how to mix it up a bit!!

We had pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, and corn on the cob!

Someday I'll Learn said... Reply To This Comment

Yum! We made burgers and they were SO good.

Ellen said... Reply To This Comment

That looks really good!

Tiffany Revels-Cruz said... Reply To This Comment

I love a good pasta salad, this is great for summer BBQs with the family. Thanks for sharing.

Denise G said... Reply To This Comment

This sounds delicious! What a great pasta salad! My mouth is watering LOL