This Pizza Pasta Salad. with all your favorite pizza fixings, is the perfect side dish to bring to a cookout or barbeque!
Our son graduated this weekend from an all boys private school.
Our other two children go to public school, and neither my husband or I went to private school, so private school wasn’t anything we ever thought about until he asked us if he could attend one. He prefers a smaller environment, so we agreed to it.
He started at one school and then after two years, asked to transfer. My husband and I weren’t thrilled about that, given the fact that the first one was walking distance and the second one was a twenty minute drive. But he completed the application process by himself, and we decided to let him make the switch.
We saw an amazing transformation those last two years! It was definitely the right move for him, and I am so glad we let him do it.
After graduation, we had a barbeque for a few family and friends. It was relatively low key…with the boys playing some sort of modified soccer-volleyball game in the pool, and a drawn out game of whiffleball.
My husband made his smoked ribs that are his specialty. Of course we had some tried and true dishes that we always have, but I also thought I would try a couple new things…one being this pizza pasta salad.
I tried to get most things ready the day before. Graduation was taking place first thing in the morning, and our party was starting soon afterwards.
Of course I was trying to do too many things at once though, and forgot about the pasta when I was cooking it. I overcooked it to complete mushiness, and had to start over. Not the first time this has happened, I will admit.
The second time was a charm, thankfully.
Pizza Pasta Salad
This pizza pasta salad is really easy to put together (if you don’t overlook your pasta). Basically you just add all your chopped ingredients to the pasta once it cools, and then add the dressing and mix thoroughly.
For the dressing, I used a simple red wine viniagrette from Real Simple. I always make my own salad dressing, but I seldom measure. So since I was short on time, I took the easy way out. But this red wine vinaigrette did the trick perfectly.
See why it’s the perfect cookout dish?!
- 1 lb pasta, cooked according to package directions
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 1 12 oz container of small mozarrella balls in oii
- 12 oz pepperoni, chopped
- ½ cup parsley, chopped
- 1 6.5 oz can of sliced black olives
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of dijon musard
- 1 teaspoon honey
- salt and peeper to taste
- Cook your pasta according to package directions, drain and allow to cool.
- Toss with a tablespoon or two of olive oil to stop pasta from sticking while cooling.
- Add all other ingredients to cooled pasta.
- Whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, and honey.
- Pour over pasta salad and mix thoroughly.
Enjoy! What is your favorite dish to bring to a cookout?