Colorful Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing


In my humbled opinion pasta salads are meals on its own, don’t you agree? You can make them meatless or with meat, vegan or vegetarian, and the best part is that we have endless options regarding vegetables that we add to salad. I picked up this beautiful five color pasta from the store and fell in love with shapes and colors. I loved that the colors were not artificial, but vegetables are used for each piece of pasta. I just loved it, and instantly the idea of making delicious and healthy pasta salad couldn’t escape my mind. So when I have an idea in my head the whole photoshoot start lingering in my head, such as how it will look, what props and board I should use, do I need a new bowl, etc. It’s not just one thing. I wish it is that easy to make a photoshoot 5 minutes long.


Photo-shoots require some serious brainstorming. I know many photographers that go through Pinterest for example and see what theme would be the best for that particular photo-shoot. To explain even further, Pinterest is amazing to make your own secret board and set the colors, props and what theme is the best, how to set up, inspo pics, so you can see exactly what colors go together or what theme goes perfectly with your dish. For me personally, I plan all that in my head. Sometimes I need a couple of hours of brainstorming and sometimes I take 5 days until I am completely satisfied. Yes, I do search for inspo pictures online sometimes when I hit the brick wall, and that is okay. You get inspired, and then you translate that inspo pic, a piece of art into your own creation. You must always add your own twist even if you find a picture that is perfect and you would love to recreate it.

On the other note… My BLOG is back, baby! Yes!!!! After 3 weeks of going back and forth, I am finally back. It was HELL, to say the least. I was so stressed that I couldn’t even sleep more than 3-4 hours a day. I am so thankful for my team, the new host who guided me through and of course for your tremendous patience. Thanks so all your support!!! My heart is pounding with the excitement that I will be able to continue sharing recipes, and that the website will be much faster for you guys.

The hard part is not over! I still have to go through many recipes and adjust pictures, reshoot and correct to match this theme of the website. It is lots of work, but so worth it. I lost many recipes in the process, around 200, but I will not stress anymore because I’ve decided to repost them with new pictures and updated recipes. Sounds like a good plan, right?

Okay to cut the story short, I really hope you guys make this recipe and please don’t be shy… If you make any of my recipes tag me on Instagram @sandraseasycooking and use hashtags #sandraseasycooking I would love to see your creations!!!


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Colorful Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing

Course Salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Wait time for the pasta to cool down 15 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 6
Author Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking


  • 1 lb 5 Color Pasta Any pasta would be okay; farfalle, rigatoni, campanelle, rotini, 3 color pasta, etc.
  • 2 cups Broccoli Slaw
  • 1/2 cup Red Cabbage also known as purple cabbage
  • 1/4-1/2 lb Cherry Tomatoes sliced in half
  • 1 medium Zucchini sliced
  • 1 cup Black Olives *optional
  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil

Pasta Vinaigrette Dressing

  • 2 teaspoons Stone Ground Mustard Seeds 1 tsp. Substitute with Stone Ground Mustard or 1½ tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pink Salt or to taste
  • 2 Garlic cloves lightly crushed with the side of a knife blade and chopped
  • 2 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Herbs Blend
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground Black Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Olive oil EV


  1. Boil a large pot of water and add a generous amount of salt, add pasta and cook according to the package. I like pasta for salads to have a bit of bite so "al dente" is perfect. After the pasta is cooked, drain and run cold water over it. Shake colander and allow pasta to cool down. This is only if you going to use pasta for the pasta salad.
  2. Combine all the ingredients for the Pasta Vinaigrette Dressing. Add salt to taste. I always start with 1/2 teaspoon. Mix it and set aside. 

  3. Now add to the pasta broccoli slaw, halved tomatoes, sliced red cabbage, zucchini, black olives. 

  4. Add about 1 tablespoon of dressing in the pasta then stir, add the rest of the ingredients and add dressing, a tablespoon at the time until you reach taste that you want.
  5. Stir well, and serve. Leftovers place in the airtight container and keep refrigerated.

Recipe Notes

The best way to mix homemade dressing is a glass jar with fitted lid. Not only that you can shake it to combine the ingredients, but also if you don't use it all you can save it for the next time. 

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