Best Pasta Salad Ever

This recipe is one of my most used. You really can use it for any occasion. Going to a potluck? Take this along. Are the Teenagers having a slumber party at your house? They will love this. Need a last minute side for a casual dinner, this will be great!


  • pasta any shape
  • cheese whatever you have
  • lunch meat - I like turkey but any will do
  • Italian Dressing of choice
  • Crisp veggies - I like tomatoes carrots, celery, and even apples
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • Croutons store bought or make your own


  1. Cook your pasta according to the label directions until it is al dente. Make sure not to overcook it. Drain, rinse, then put in a bowl that has a lid. Pour on the Italian Dressing - more than you think you will need because the pasta will soak up all that delicious flavor. Cover and put in the fridge overnight. (you can skip this step and serve sooner if needed)
  2. When you are ready to serve, chop up your additional ingredients into bite-size pieces. Really anything you have on hand, that you like, will be perfect. Seriously, throw the whole pantry in there!
  3. Toss everything together in a bowl, add more dressing as needed and serve up in some pretty dishes. Add some Parmesan cheese to the top and you will be golden.