Italian Pasta Salad

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Italian Pasta Salad
Italian Pasta Salad

This Italian Pasta Salad recipe hails from the city of Naples, Italy. This Italian Pasta Salad recipe hails from the city of Naples, Italy. Served cold it is a delicious side dish that will make your taste buds do the happy dance.

Ways to Make Pasta Salad

Salads can be made into a wide variety of dishes that fall under the following principal categories: green salads; vegetable salads; salads of pasta, legumes, or grains; mixed salads incorporating meat, poultry, or seafood; and fruit salads. Most salads are traditionally served cold, although some, such as German potato salad, are served hot.

How to Store Pasta Salad

You can store leftover pasta salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. Freeze your pasta salad in an airtight container or ziplock bag for 2-3 months in the freezer.

History of Pasta

The oldest record of pasta dates back to the 1st century AD, Quintus Horatius Flaccus wrote about fine sheets of fried dough called Lagana. In the 2nd century, Athenaeus of Naucratis wrote a recipe for Lagana which he attributes to the 1st century Chrysippus of Tyana.

Fusilli pasta is formed into a corkscrew or helical shape. The word Fusilli comes from the Latin word Fuso (spindle). Traditionally it’s “spun” by pressing and rolling a small rod over the thin strips of pasta to wind them around it in a corkscrew shape.

History of Olives

Fossil evidence indicates the olive tree had its origins 20–40 million years ago in the Oligocene, in what is now corresponding to Italy and the eastern Mediterranean Basin. The edible olive has been cultivated by humans for about 5,000 to 6,000 years, going back to the early Bronze Age.

Three ounces of cured green olives provide 146 calories, are a rich source of vitamin E (25% of the Daily Value, DV), and contain a large amount of sodium (104% DV); other nutrients are insignificant.

The Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy

Naples sits between the Gulf of Naples and nearby is Mount Vesuvius and is the regional capital of Campania and the third-largest city of Italy, after Rome and Milan. It’s well known for its historic castles including the lavish Royal Palace and Castel Nuovo, a 13th-century castle.

A Brief History of Naples, Italy

Naples has been inhabited since the Neolithic period. The earliest Greek settlements were established in the Naples area in the first millennium BC. Sailors from the Greek island of Rhodes established a small commercial port on the island of Megaride in the ninth century BC.

The city grew rapidly due to the influence of the powerful Greek city-state of Syracuse, and became an ally of the Roman Republic against Carthage. During the Punic Wars, the strong walls surrounding Neápolis repelled the invading forces of the Carthaginian general Hannibal.

Christianity first arrived in Naples with the apostles Peter and Paul who are said to have preached in the city. Januarius, who would become Naples’ patron saint, was martyred there in the 4th century AD. The last emperor of the Western Roman Empire, Romulus Augustulus, was exiled to Naples by the Germanic king Odoacer in the 5th century AD.

By the 17th century, Naples had become Europe’s second-largest city – second only to Paris – and the largest European Mediterranean city, with around 250,000 inhabitants. Naples became part of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861 as part of the Italian unification, ending the era of Bourbon rule.

Naples was the most bombed Italian city during World War II. Though Neapolitans did not rebel under Italian Fascism, Naples was the first Italian city to rise up against German military occupation; the city was completely freed by 1 October 1943, when British and American forces entered the city.

Tourism in Naples, Italy

In Naples, retail therapy is as individualistic as the city itself. Here, global chains still play second fiddle to family-run businesses and artisan workshops. Neapolitan tailors have long lured foreign dandies with their impeccable suits, shirts and ties, while the city’s handmade leather gloves are sought by the global fashion royalty.

Skinny streets and weathered courtyards are dotted with a plethora of workshops and boutiques, selling everything from butter-soft satchels, organic ceramics, and meticulous pastori (nativity-scene figurines), to rare Neapolitan lithographs and gourmet local food and wine. Leave plenty of room in your suitcase.

The Cuisine of Naples, Italy

Blessed with rich volcanic soils, a bountiful sea, and countless generations of culinary know-how, the Naples region is one of Italy’s epicurean heavyweights. It’s here that you’ll find the country’s best pizza, pasta, and espresso, its most appetizing street markets, not to mention some of its most celebrated dishes.

From garlicky spaghetti alle vongole (spaghetti with clams) to sultry ragù (meat and tomato sauce) and silky parmigiana di melanzane (eggplant parmigiana), the food on these streets is all about intensity and pleasure. After all, life is too short for diets, so follow the locals’ lead and succumb to your gluttonous whims.

Trattoria Da Papa’
Via Nuova del Campo, 56, 80141 Napoli NA, Italy

Trattoria Da Papa
Trattoria Da Papa

The Trattoria Da Papà in Naples is an exciting place. The small size and the warm atmosphere preserve the great love with which the young chef Giovanni and his family prepare and serve simple dishes at the same time. and innovative, traditional, and refined. A small place for great cuisine.

How to Make This Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

This recipe is easy to make and the pasta must sit in the refrigerator for an hour to allow all of the flavors to mix. So gather your equipment and ingredients and let’s make some Italian Pasta Salad.

What You Need to Make Italian Pasta Salad

Equipment Needed

  • 1 Cooking Pot
  • 1 Knife
  • 1 Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Cheese Grater

Ingredients Needed

  • 16 oz fusilli pasta
  • ½ cup black olives sliced
  • ½ cup green olives sliced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes halved
  • ½ large red onion chopped
  • 1 cup Salami chopped
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese grated
  • ½ cup Italian salad dressing

Time needed: 1 hour and 15 minutes.

How to Cook Italian Pasta Salad

  1. Cook your pasta as directed, until just al dente. Drain and set aside for 10 minutes.

  2. Add the pasta into a mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients, except for the dressing, until combined. Add the dressing and mix until just incorporated.

  3. Transfer to a salad bowl and serve immediately, or refrigerate it for at least an hour, to chill.

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Italian Pasta Salad

Italian Pasta Salad

Recipe Author | Captain Cook
This Italian Pasta Salad is both delicious and easy to make with pasta, tomatoes, fresh parmesan cheese, spicy salami, olives, and zesty Italian dressing.

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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Refrigeration Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 489 kcal



  • Cook your pasta as directed, until just al dente. Drain and set aside for 10 minutes.
    16 oz fusilli pasta
  • Add the pasta into a mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients, except for the dressing, until combined. Add the dressing and mix until just incorporated.
    ½ cup black olives, ½ cup green olives, 1 cup grape tomatoes, ½ red onion, 1 cup salami sausage, ¼ cup parmesan cheese, ½ cup Italian salad dressing
  • Transfer to a salad bowl and serve immediately, or refrigerate it for at least an hour, to chill.


Calories: 489kcalCarbohydrates: 62.8gProtein: 21.3gFat: 18.3gSaturated Fat: 6.9gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 638mgPotassium: 125mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4.8gCalcium: 295mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Pasta, Salad
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