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A photo of four colors of chopped peppers cut up on the cutting board - green, red, yellow and orange
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This recipe makes a perfect pasta salad loved by everyone!  There are lots of variations you can choose to make it your own! 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Pasta Salad
Cuisine: America
Keyword: perfect pasta salad, pasta salad
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 140kcal
Author: Loaves and Dishes


  • 1 lb Pasta
  • 1 Chopped Bell Pepper any color or mix and match
  • 2   Cups Chopped Cherry tomatoes
  • 1 Cup Garbanzo Beans
  • ½ Cup of Ham
  • ½ Cup Muenster Cheese
  • Cup Thinly sliced and chopped red onion
  • ½ Cup Good quality Olive Oil
  • ½ Cup Lemon Juice
  • 2 packets of Italian Dressing


  • Cook Pasta according to package instructions.  Be sure to salt the water well.  When reaches al dente (about 10 minutes), drain and cool.
  • Chop all of the remaining ingredients (except lemon juice, olive oil and italian dressing) into bite sized pieces.
  • Mix lemon juice, olive oil and italian dressing into a small glass jar with a lid and shake well.
  • Mix the pasta and chopped ingredients gently with a spatula.  Pour the dressing over the top and gently fold in with a rubber spatula.  Chill and serve cold.



  • The post for this recipe gives LOTS of alternatives for ingredients.  I hope you will check it out.
  • Cut things in small pieces that are approximately the same size so that nothing overwhelms anything else. 
  • For lots of other good ideas and different types of pasta salads, check out the post! 


Serving: 3g | Calories: 140kcal