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Summertime means lots of cookouts with family and friends. Show up this year with a side dish everyone will love, even your gluten-loving friends! This pasta salad is bursting with flavor and sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

I first made this yummy side dish for a cookout with my mother-in-law. She couldn’t stop raving about how delicious it is! Even my very picky bonus child ate more than one bite…that’s how I know I have a winner!

If you want to cut corners, you could easily use a store-bought Italian dressing in place of the homemade dressing, and it will still be a delicious side dish your friends and family will ask for each time you get together!

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Gluten Free Italian Pasta Salad

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Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Calories 321 kcal


  • 6 ounces Gluten Free pasta I used Barilla Gluten Free Rotini
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar you could use white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tbsp minced garlic about 1-2 cloves
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice about half a lemon
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes ½ an 8 ounce block
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced into thirds


  • Cook pasta according to package directions, drain, rinse with cold water while still in strainer, and add to a large mixing bowl
  • While pasta cooks, make dressing by adding oil, vinegar, garlic powder, oregano, basil, salt, red prepper, black pepper, minced garlic, parmesan, and lemon juice to a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine
  • Pour dressing over cooked, cooled pasta and stir to combine
  • Add cheese cubes and sliced tomatoes to pasta and stir again to combine
  • Cover with plastic wrap and chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving
  • Store leftovers in airtight container in fridge for up to 3 days


Calories: 321kcalCarbohydrates: 18.9gProtein: 5.8gFat: 26gCholesterol: 16.1mgSodium: 114.7mgPotassium: 43.6mgFiber: 1.1gSugar: 0.3g
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