Celebrate July 4th in three simple steps with this star spangled pasta salad!

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Burgers and hot dogs get all the buzz, but let’s be honest – it’s the side dishes that make a July 4th cookout sparkle like fireworks.

That said, July 4th is a holiday and making sides can be a lot of work. You don’t want to spend all day on your day off cooking in the kitchen, right? Good news – With this three-step star spangled pasta salad, you won’t have to!

Declare your independence from difficult-to-make side dishes with this recipe from Delish!


1 lb cooked fusilli pasta
8 oz mozzarella balls, halved
4 oz salami, quartered
1 c. artichoke hearts, chopped
1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 c. pitted black olives, sliced
1/3 c. extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a large bowl, toss pasta, mozzarella, salami, artichokes, tomatoes, and olives.
  2. In a jar, combine oil, garlic, vinegar, parsley, Italian seasoning, and red pepper. Secure with a lid, then shake to combine; season with salt and black pepper.
  3. Pour dressing over pasta salad and toss to combine.

No promises, but when you bring this pasta salad to your July 4th celebration, it might just be a bigger hit than the burgers!