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5 from 3 votes

Easy Pasta Salad

An easy Pasta Salad with fresh herbs, bell pepper, and cheese. This is a mayo-less salad, perfect to serve at outdoor picnics or cookouts.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time38 mins
Course: Side Dishes & Vegetables
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy pasta salad, easy side dishes, summer party food
Servings: 15
Calories: 277kcal


  • 1 lb Cavatappi pasta or any shape: shells, bow tie, etc.
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup fresh parsley chopped
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves chopped
  • 2 large orange bell pepper chopped
  • 2 large yellow bell pepper chopped
  • ¼ cup red onion diced finely
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups Monterey jack cheese ½” cubes


  • Heat water to boil, add pasta. Stir to keep water moving, 5-8 minutes.
  • Drain pasta, shake and rinse (so it’s not sticky).
  • Place pasta in a large bowl, and add oil immediately to hot pasta.
  • Cover and chill 30 minutes.
  • Add all other ingredients, toss well, and chill again at least 2 hours.


Great salad to make ahead, and serve outdoors as because is mayo-less!


Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 280mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 915IU | Vitamin C: 52.3mg | Calcium: 183mg | Iron: 0.9mg