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Pizza Pasta Salad

This Pizza Pasta Salad recipe is quick and easy to make, it's tossed with a simple Italian vinaigrette, and you can customize it with all of your favorite pizza toppings! | gimmesomeoven.com

Guys, I’ve been meaning to share this recipe with you all for weeks!

Somehow it got buried in my camera’s memory card, and I totally forgot about it until I was craving pizza again the other day. (Well, let’s be honest, when am I not craving pizza.) And I suddenly remembered everything about this delicious pasta salad that my friend, Rachel, and I whipped up last month.

It came about when I was cleaning out the fridge and trying to decide how to use the leftover ingredients from those Pizza Spaghetti Squash Boats I shared with you. I was fresh out of spaghetti squash. But goodness knows I’m a pasta hoarder, and always seem to have at least ten pounds of various pastas on hand. So Rachel and I decided to cook up some bow-ties and toss together this pizza-inspired pasta salad.

This one is made with all of my favorite classic pizza toppings (including double-pepperoni, holla!), but of course, it’s totally easy to customize with all of your favorite toppings. And it’s perfect for those end-of-summer picnics or back-to-school potlucks this time of year. And, since it’s still blazing hot, it’s another great meal you can make without turning on that oven.

Win-win-win.

Let’s make some!


This Pizza Pasta Salad recipe is quick and easy to make, it's tossed with a simple Italian vinaigrette, and you can customize it with all of your favorite pizza toppings! | gimmesomeoven.com

As I said, the ingredients in this one are really up to you.

Start with a base of some freshly-cooked pasta (which you just rinse immediately afterwards with cold water to cool it down), lots of mozzarella cheese (the fresher, the better), and a good helping of diced tomatoes (you can use canned organic fire-roasted tomatoes, if you’d like to save some chopping). Then add in your favorite pizza toppings! I used lots of pepperoni, green peppers, red onions, and a few olives.

This Pizza Pasta Salad recipe is quick and easy to make, it's tossed with a simple Italian vinaigrette, and you can customize it with all of your favorite pizza toppings! | gimmesomeoven.com

Whip up a simple Italian vinaigrette and drizzle it on.

This Pizza Pasta Salad recipe is quick and easy to make, it's tossed with a simple Italian vinaigrette, and you can customize it with all of your favorite pizza toppings! | gimmesomeoven.com

Give everything a good toss.

This Pizza Pasta Salad recipe is quick and easy to make, it's tossed with a simple Italian vinaigrette, and you can customize it with all of your favorite pizza toppings! | gimmesomeoven.com

And then this gorgeous salad will be yours to enjoy. It’s the perfect way to satisfy that pizza craving, and I can also vouch that it’ll be a hit if you bring it along to a potluck. Because let’s be real, who can resist pepperoni?! Not I, said the Hen. 😉

If you need more pasta salad inspiration, be sure to check out these other recipes too:

Happy pasta salad-ing!


Yield: 6-8 servings

Pizza Pasta Salad


This Pizza Pasta Salad recipe is quick and easy to make, it’s tossed with a simple Italian vinaigrette, and you can customize it with all of your favorite pizza toppings!

Ingredients:

Pizza Pasta Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 pound uncooked pasta (I used farfalle)
  • 8 ounces mozzarella, diced
  • 1 cup diced roma tomatoes
  • 4-6 cups chopped pizza toppings (I used pepperoni, black olives, and sliced red onions)
  • 1 batch Garlic-Oregano Vinaigrette (see below)
  • optional toppings: freshly-grated Parmesan cheese, crushed red pepper flakes

Garlic-Oregano Vinaigrette:

  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and pressed (or minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper

Directions:

To Make The Pizza Pasta Salad:

  1. Cook the pasta in a large stockpot of generously-salted water al dente according to package directions. Drain pasta and rinse under cold water for about 20-30 seconds until no longer hot. Drain completely.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cooled pasta, mozzarella, tomatoes, and pizza toppings. Drizzle the vinaigrette on top, then toss to combine. Garnish with your desired toppings.
  3. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

To Make The Garlic-Oregano Vinaigrette:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together until combined

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9 Comments

  • OMG! This is the dream! I’m always thinking about pizza too lol

    Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 17th, 2016 @ 4:52 pm
    We hope you get a chance to try this soon, Jamie! 🙂


  • Can I just say that I love you and all of your recipes! I didn’t even make this one yet but I know I’m going to love it. I just opened your email and I thought “I love this girl. She totally gets it.” Thank you for being so amazing! As a single girl in her 20s who also loves to cook, you are so inspiring and relatable in all of your blog posts. Have a great Wednesday 🙂

    Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 17th, 2016 @ 5:05 pm
    Thanks for your sweet words, Melanie! We’re so glad you enjoy the blog! 😀


  • YUM! My grandma makes something similar to this, but she’s never written down the recipe. I can’t wait to make this. Thanks!
    Kiersten

    Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 17th, 2016 @ 4:51 pm
    That’s so cool, Kiersten! We hope you get a chance to make it soon and that you enjoy it! 🙂


  • This pasta salad looks gorgeous and so delicious! I’d love to make this using a gluten free pasta!

    Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 19th, 2016 @ 12:11 pm
    Awesome Lindsay — we hope you love it! 🙂


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