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Lunchbox-friendly Pizza Pasta Salad

  • Author: Kristin Dovbniak
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x



8 oz uncooked pasta

4 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 tsp Italian seasoning

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp sugar (or coconut sugar)

pinch sea salt

1 ball whole milk mozzarella, chopped

1 cup pepperoni, quartered (turkey is typically more mild)

1 can sliced black olives, drained

1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered (bite-size)

optional: 2 tbsp sliced fresh basil


  1. Cook pasta fully in salted water according to package directions and drain well. Rinse with cold water to stop cooking. Set aside to drain well.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together ingredients for dressing: olive oil, balsamic, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, sugar and a pinch of salt. Taste for seasoning.
  3. Toss cooled pasta with dressing. Stir in mozzarella, pepperoni, olives and tomatoes (and basil if using). Let sit at least 10 minutes, taste for seasoning and pack it up!