Italian Pasta Salad – A lightened up version of the classic Summer pasta Salad loaded with cherry tomatoes, turkey pepperoni, mozzarella balls, and cucumbers.
Pasta Salads are pretty much a blank canvas and you can add to them whatever your little heart desires! The hardest part about making them is probably boiling the noodles and doing all the prep work. If you don’t know how to boil noodles by now, there’s probably plenty of youtube videos of that online. Don’t like cucumber? Leave them out. Like olives? Add them to this dish. This is just what I really liked and those peperoncino peppers are really good! Just give them a try if you’ve never had them before.
What is Peperonicino?
Peperoncino (Italian: [peperonˈtʃiːno]; plural peperoncini [-ni]; sometimes spelled pepperoncino or pepperoncini in English)[a] is the generic Italian name for hot chili peppers, specifically the cultivars of the species Capsicum annuum and Capsicum frutescens. The sweet pepper is called peperone (plural peperoni) in Italian. (source: From wikipedia) \
How to Lighten Up Italian Pasta Salad
In order to lighten up this classic Summer pasta salad I used lite Italian Dressing, zero point vegetables such as cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and pepperoni. Use Turkey pepperoni and fresh mozzarella balls. You could always buy the blocks of cheese and cut them up into tiny cubes if you prefer that instead of mozzarella balls, but tiny mozzarella balls are almost too cute to pass up and they are a must in this salad. Don’t overdress your pasta salad and you can still have pasta salad as a side dish this Summer.
What else can you add to Italian Pasta Salad ?
Pesto sauce instead of Italian Dressing ( but that would be more points
Red Onion too make the pasta more colorful
Video for Italian Pasta Salad:
8 Ounces pasta
1½ Cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
4 Ounces mozzarella balls
4 Ounces pepperoni
1½ Cups cucumber
½ Cups pepperocini
4 oz Teaspoons Italian Dressing
Fill a medium pot with water and bring the water to a boil. Add the dry pasta and cook the pasta until al dente. (About 8 minutes). Drain the pasta and set aside.
Cut the cherry tomatoes in half length wise and the cucumbers into tiny half moon pieces.
Add the pasta to the bowl along with the tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, mozzarella, pepperoni, and Italian Dressing. Toss until well combined. Makes 4 servings.
Makes 9 servings: 1 cup full
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 280
- Sugar: 4
- Fat: 21
- Saturated Fat: 6
- Unsaturated Fat: 11
- Carbohydrates: 17
- Fiber: 8
- Protein: 8