This gluten-free crowd pleasing pasta salad uses zucchini noodles in place of pasta for a low-carb, veggie packed salad to enjoy all year long, especially at those summer BBQs! It’s meal prep friendly, saves well, and has all the classic flavors and ingredients of an Italian Pasta Salad – without the pasta!
Italian Zucchini Pasta Salad
This recipe is one of my most popular recipes of all time! It’s so easy to throw together last minute, satisfies salty pasta salad cravings, it’s great for lunch meal prep, and, unlike most zucchini noodle dishes, it can last several days in the refrigerator without getting soggy (actually, it tastes even better on the second day, as the noodles absorb the flavors of the dressing.
We replace a rotini or macaroni pasta noodle and instead, make macaroni style zucchini noodles by slicing the zucchini halfway through lengthwise and then spiralizing on Blade C on the Inspiralizer. This yields c-shaped zoodles that work well for pasta salad style dishes, like this one.
This pasta salad is packed with all the classic Italian pasta salad ingredients, like meats, cheese, tomatoes, olives, veggies, and a simple red wine vinegar based dressing. It’s definitely one of those salads that you’ll be bringing over to every summer gathering and you’ll be the talk of the party – “Who brought THAT salad?!”
I love having this for lunch with a side of toasted crusted bread brushed with some olive oil and a glass of wine. It’s seriously the most satisfying meal! It’s also just great to have made in the fridge for snacking!
If you’re dairy-free, you can totally omit the provolone cheese, but if you’re not, I really recommend it – it amps up the flavor of this dish. If you’re vegetarian, omit the meats and add in some white beans for protein. Make it yours!
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