Just in time for summer is this delicious, bright, colorful Italian Sausage Pasta Salad! This pasta salad is bursting with flavor in every bite, and knowing that its chocked full of veggies and fresh ingredients makes it a guilt-free indulgent meal that can be eaten for lunch or dinner! This dish is eaten cold, and its refreshing taste makes it a must in the meal rotation with these triple digits going on outside! Now, I must admit that I ate half of the bowl once I was finished with this recipe, but it is so light I felt completely satisfied but not overstuffed (not that I’m suggesting that you also eat half a bowl, lol). If you are not a meat eater you can substitute the sausage for additional veggies such as broccoli and carrots, sauteing them in the same manner! I am NOT a fan of black olives (or green for that matter), but feel free to toss in a 1/2 cup of black olives in addition to or in place of the pepper rings, and 1/2 cup of mini pepperoni (I couldn’t find mini turkey pepperonis :(, so they were nixed) for an even more loaded pasta salad! All roads lead to Tasty Town with this one!
*The items shown are brands that I personally use, however, there is no endorsement of these products, and you may use similar products of different brands if you are unable to find them in your local store. You may also want to use organic or fresher ingredients that you must slice and dice yourself, feel free to use what you are comfortable with eating, but do not expect the same time frame for completion. Of course omitting anything that you are allergic to or do not like may or may not change the end result, but whatever you choose to do, there should be no MAJOR compromise in flavor or quality. If you have any questions about substitutions feel free to ask in the comments!
(If you make this dish, please take a picture and post to your social media account tagging this blog, thanks so much!)
- Veggie Rotini
- Mozzarella string cheese
- grape tomatoes
- deli sliced pepper rings
- skinless turkey sausage (or sausage of your choice)
- Parmesan cheese
- black olives (optional)
- mini pepperoni (optional)
- Italian dressing
- Natures seasoning
- fennel seed
- Italian seasoning
- olive oil (not pictured)
Italian Sausage Pasta Salad, Feeds 4-5
- 1 box veggie tri-color rotini (12 oz)
- 1/2 cup pepper rings
- 1/2 cup diced mozzarella
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 cup sliced red onion
- 1 link turkey sausage, cubed (I used 1 link, you may want to use 2 if you want meat in every bite!)
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- 1 tsp Natures seasoning (or equal parts salt, pepper, and garlic powder)
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning (double for 2 links)
- 1 tsp fennel seed (double for 2 links)
- 1/4 cup Italian dressing (can add more to your liking)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
Cook pasta according to directions on box.
While pasta is cooking, chop your mozzarella, parsley, red onion, and set aside along with tomatoes and peppers.
Strain pasta, and ice till cooled completely.
While pasta is cooling, chop sausage into cubes, saute in olive oil, Italian seasoning and fennel seed (do not crisp). Place in freezer till cooled completely (not ice cold or frozen!).
Pour cooled pasta into glass dish of your choice, add tomato, parsley, peppers, onion, and mozzarella, sprinkle with tsp of seasoning, and mix. Once sausage is completely cooled add to pasta mixture along with Italian dressing and mix thoroughly.
Sprinkle lightly with Parmesan cheese for a finishing touch!
Dive In! Your taste buds will thank you!