Best Ever Pasta Salad

This is my favorite pasta salad recipe of ALL TIME. It is packed full of delicious bites and it's the perfect food to bring to gatherings. It's always the first thing to get devoured!


Ahhh summer. I love everything about summer, minus the spiky weeds that grown in my yard. My cute boys are swimming in the pool and our sweet puppy is sleeping at my feet. And, bonus! I have a batch of this delicious pasta salad in my fridge waiting to be eaten. This salad is one of my favorite summer recipes. It is my sister's recipe that I stole from her a few years ago. I make it aaaaaall the time. It is a gigantic hit at summer gatherings, if it makes it that far.

Enjoy the pasta salad and the rest of this beautiful week!

If you love this recipe, check out a few of my other pasta salads!

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Best Ever Pasta Salad

You will never make another pasta salad again. This is my sister's recipe and it is the BEST!

Contributed by Megan Porta from

Published Jun 7, 2017

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Serves: 24

Total time: 25 min



  • 16-oz. jar zesty Italian salad dressing
  • 1-lb. box rotelle pasta, cooked and drained/rinsed
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 8 medium celery stalks, thinly sliced
  • 16-oz. package cojack cheese, cubed
  • 16-oz. tube summer sausage, cubed
  • Three 13.75-oz. cans quartered artichoke hearts, drained
  • Two 6.5-oz. cans pitted black olives, drained
  • Two 8.5-oz. jars julienned sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, cover and let sit overnight. Serve chilled.