Italian Chicken Pasta Salad

Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 as a side
Author Chelsea


  • 3 cups uncooked shells pasta
  • 1 cup rotisserie chicken skin/bones removed
  • 1/2 cup hard salami
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup black olives
  • 1 red bell pepper*
  • 1 cup English cucumber ~ 1/2 of one
  • 1/4 cup red onion
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 and 1/2 to 2 cups cups Zesty Italian dressing fat-free or regular (calorie count for regular)
  • 1 packages (.6 ounces) Italian seasoning mix dry


  1. Prepare the pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse under cold water, and toss with 2 tablespoons Italian dressing. Set aside.
  2. Chop the rotisserie chicken, chop the salami, halve the tomatoes (see video above recipe for a quick hack!), finely chop the parsley, halve the olives, chop the pepper, chop the cucumber, and dice the red onion.
  3. Toss all the prepared veggies/meats with the pasta.
  4. Add the grated Parmesan cheese, Italian dressing (start with 1 and 1/2 cups), and dressing mix.
  5. Toss to combine and add more dressing as needed. Season with salt and pepper if desired.
  6. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*Use a roasted red pepper for extra flavor!