Artichoke Pasta Salad

Artichoke Pasta Salad is a great side dish for any BBQ or it even makes for an easy lunch! Perfectly made with al dente garden spiral noodles, pepperoni, smoked ham, garden tomatoes, olives, mozzarella pearls and of course, artichokes!

Artichoke Pasta Salad in glass bowl.

Pasta Salad

Pasta salad can be made up of so many different ingredients.

With pasta being the main common ingredient, you can toss in any of your favorite vegetables, meats and cheeses.

The possibilities are endless!

Artichoke Pasta Salad

One of my favorites is this Artichoke Pasta Salad recipe that I adapted from my mother in law.

She used to make hers with a seasoning mix that I can’t find anymore. She also added purple onion to hers. You can totally still do that, but I’m not a huge fan of raw onion.

Ingredients for Italian Pasta Salad

Olive Garden’s Italian Dressing is one of my most favorite dressings and my grocery store stocks it on their shelves.

I bet yours does, too, but in case you can’t find it, please just use your favorite Italian dressing.

Ingredients for Italian Pasta Salad

I love to make this especially during the summertime. It makes a wonderful side dish for any BBQ!

This also makes for a super easy lunch. It has protein and vegetables and it’s packed with flavor. I’ll make a big batch of it and my husband and I will have it all week long.

Pouring Italian Dressing over a pasta salad

How To Make Italian Pasta Salad

  • Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  • Drain and rinse with cold water. This helps it’s cool down faster and keeps it from sticking together.
  • Pour it into a large bowl.
  • Slice the tomatoes and the olives in half and add to pasta.
  • Chop ham and pepperoni and add to pasta. You just want bite size pieces.
  • Drain the artichoke hearts and cut down any large pieces. Add them to the bowl.
  • Remove the mozzarella pearls from their water and toss into the bowl.
  • Pour the dressing over and toss to coat.
  • Cover and chill for 2 hours before serving.
Italian Pasta Salad with artichokes

You must give these other side dishes a try!

Artichoke Pasta Salad Recipe

Artichoke Pasta Salad

Amy Williams mynameissnickerdoodle.com
Artichoke Pasta Salad is a great side dish or an easy lunch! Perfectly made with spiral noodles, pepperoni, olives and of course artichokes!
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: artichokes, ham, olives, pasta, pepperoni, Side Dish, tomatoes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 12 Servings

Ingredients

  • 24 oz Garden Spiral Noodles
  • 14 oz Quartered Artichoke Hearts
  • 14 oz Black Olives
  • 1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Cup Deli Ham
  • 1 Cup Pepperoni
  • 1 Cup Mozzarella Pearls
  • 2 Cups Olive Garden Italian Dressing

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Drain and rinse with cold water.
  • Pour into a large bowl.
  • Slice tomatoes and olives in half and add to pasta.
  • Chop ham and pepperoni and add to pasta.
  • Drain the artichokes and cut down any large pieces. Add them to the bowl.
  • Drain off any water from the mozzarella pearls and toss into the bowl.
  • Pour over dressing and toss to coat.
  • Cover and chill for 2 hours before serving.
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*Originally posted June 2017 and updated August 2020.

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