Easy Pasta Salad Recipe. Seal jar, and shake well. This homemade pasta salad recipe is SO easy to make, which is one of the reasons I love it. We've figured out just the right balance of ingredients you need to produce irresistible pasta salad that will have people begging you for your secret recipe. Use This Easy Formula to Make the Best Pasta Salad Every Time. Step 1: Roast the tomatoes . In a jar with a lid, mix the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, basil, oregano, ground mustard, salt, and pepper. How to Make Easy Pasta Salad. Even making your own dressing is so simple! One thing that sets this pasta salad recipe apart from all the rest is the addition of roasted baby tomatoes. In a large bowl, mix the cooled pasta, pepperoni, provolone cheese, red onion, cucumber, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, olives, parsley, and Parmesan cheese. Making a rave-worthy pasta salad requires a bit more than just tossing pasta and add-ins into a bowl, drowning them in dressing, and hoping for the best. While the pasta is cooking prep all your veggies and place them in a large serving bowl. By adding the pasta to the salad warm it soaks in some of the salad dressing, giving your pasta salad better flavor throughout. Start by cooking your pasta (I like rotini or cavatappi) to an al dente per the package instructions. How to make Pasta Salad with Homemade Dressing.