This easy Pizza Pasta Salad is loaded with all your favorite pizza toppings. It is the perfect salad for a busy day dinner or to bring for summer picnics.
Most days I let my husband come up with our dinner menu. He usually makes said dinner too because he likes to cook. This Homemade Pizza Dough that we love for weekend pizza nights is his specialty!
He definitely completes me! Dinner is all him, and dessert is definitely all me. He is more of a salty snack kind of a guy. Not good for me because he doesn't eat very much of the sugar that comes from a busy day of baking.
He also has a steel will when it comes to snacking. I must admit that I am kind of jealous of that will power because things like these Nutella No Bake Cookies just have to smile and wink at me, and I am all over it.
This week I decided to surprise my kids and husband and make some of this Pizza Pasta Salad for dinner. They were definitely surprised that mom had dinner done.
In fact, I made it the night before so I really felt on top of the dinner game. Gotta love getting home from school and practices and having dinner ready to go.
Back to the pizza salad. This pasta salad recipe is actually really easy, and it is also totally customizable. I put everything that our kids like on pizza in with the pasta, but you can adjust that based on your tastes.
Now only two people in our family actually like black olives, but I really liked the little bit of extra color it added to the salad. There wasn't any complaining about it either, so I think they were ok with it.
But it is a good thing I didn't add mushrooms because that would have been the end of the world.
How to make Pizza Pasta Salad:
Boil and cool your noodles according to your package directions. We prefer to use the bow tie noodles, but you can use whatever you like or have on hand.
While the noodles are cooking and cooling, cut the cherry tomatoes in half and dice the peppers and onions.
Cut the block of mozzarella cheese into small bite sized cubes. You can also use shredded mozzarella cheese, but the cubes really do make it taste so much better.
Stir together the noodles, veggies, cheese cubes, mini pepperonis, and salad dressing. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve with grated Parmesan cheese, if you like.
Pro Tip: If you make this the night before, you may need to add a little bit more dressing because the noodles will soak up it up as it sits overnight.
What to serve with pasta salad:
We usually eat this easy salad with hot dogs, hamburgers, or grilled chicken during the summer months.
It's also delicious with these Homemade Cajun Shrimp Burgers, this Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork, or these Spicy Parmesan Ranch Chicken Tenders.
I will usually adjust the pizza toppings ingredients based on what meal I'm serving it with.
More pasta salad recipes you may like:
Ranch dressing, peas, and tomatoes make this Easy Macaroni Salad a favorite dish for any summer picnic or barbecue.
Lots of different fresh veggies and an oil & vinegar dressing makes this Veggie Pasta Salad a delicious side dish for any dinner.
The creamy homemade dressing, meats, and veggies in this Bacon Broccoli Tortellini Salad make it a hit with everyone.
Fresh veggies, chicken, and a creamy dressing make this Southwest Avocado Ranch Pasta Salad a favorite summer meal in our house.
*The post for Pizza Pasta Salad was first published on August 25, 2013. The photos have been updated, and it was republished on May 1, 2019.
Katerina @ diethood .com
This sounds incredibly delicious!! YUM!!
Two of my favorites things in one bowl!
My kiddos love pasta salad! Thanks for sharing this recipe! It has become a family favorite. We really love to take it camping. : )
Very nice blog post. I definitely love this website.
claire @ the realistic nutritionist
This salad is PERFECT for Labor Day!
capturing joy with kristen duke
YUM! This sounds so relish!
Thanks so much Kristen!! 😉
Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
My husband is the same way, minus the cooking part 🙂 He is all about salty snacks, and skips dessert. Plus the man can go without snacking for days! Not sure what is wrong with him.
Love the pasta salad though, great idea of pizza flavor without the full pizza!
I don't know how these crazy guys of ours don't love desserts the way we do! 😉 Pure craziness!! Thanks Erin!! 😉
Wow, this combo is killer
Thanks so much!! It really was delicious!! 😉
Jess @ On Sugar Mountain
I love pizza, I love pasta, I even love salad heehee! This is a triple threat of awesomeness, Jocelyn! 😀
Love this pizza twist on pasta salad. I already know this will be a hit when I make it.
Thanks so much Carla!! It was seriously so good!! 😉
What a fun and delicious twist on a summer favorite 🙂
Thanks so much!! 😉 It's a great way to take 'Pizza" to a picnic!
Yay – I’m super hungry here too! As always, thank you for sharing the recipe. If I have free time, I always go to your blog and some of the recipes here. This is next!
Awww, thanks so much Jiro!! Let me know what you think of this if you make it!! You're totally welcome for the recipe! 😉
How much is that! It looks so fresh and delightful! And olives??? I could eat a can of olives straight up and I love adding them to salads. This looks fantastic!
Haha, thanks Chels!! 😉
Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
I love pizza so this is an awesome idea! Looks delish. 🙂
Thanks Tina!! This pasta really does taste like pizza, so you would love this!! 😉
Mmm!! Pizza pasta? Yum! Everyone in my house would love this and that is an awesome thing!
Thanks Tieghan!! That is great that everyone in your fam would love this! Sometimes it's hard to please everyone in a family! 😉
Lisa @ Wine & Glue
This looks great Jocelyn! I definitely love a dinner that is just sitting and waiting for me! It's so perfect! And I am super jealous that you are married to a man who cooks dinner!! Pinning this!
Thanks Lisa!! Yes, my hubby is a pretty special guy in so many ways!! 😉
Pasta salads can definitely make dinner a lot easier! So quick and easy! Looks great!
Yes they do! Thanks Nancy!! 😉
Aimee @ ShugarySweets
Look at you, making dinner! Love this salad, totally putting it on our menu. I know my family will devour this!
Haha, I know!! 😉 I'm glad you like it!
Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl
I love make-ahead meals! We make a lot of pasta salad, especially in the summer. This pizza version sounds awesome!
Thanks Ashley!! Pasta salad is great because so many different things can be added! 😉
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
I love pasta salad - especially because it can be made ahead!! This is fabulous! Now just send your husband to my house please. 🙂
That's one of the things I love about it too!! Thanks Dorothy!! 🙂