Simple Pasta Salad Recipe for Game Day

How many of you still have hope that your football team will make it to this year’s big game? I hate to be a downer, but my Cardinals just couldn’t make it happen this season. I recently became a football fan after marrying my husband and this year I seemed to finally fully understand the rules of the game (I think?). Ladies out there, please tell me I’m not alone in this? Our family did a fantasy draft before this season and I admit I picked all of my players based on who was the best looking, who had children and who had a clean record. Needless to say, I lost terribly.

Now that the only team I cared about is out, I am looking forward to game day for two reasons; the commercials and the food! Today, I’m going to show you my recipe for a simple and easy pasta salad. The perfect side dish to bring to your gathering this year!

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Ingredients: (Amounts differ based on desired quantities and people served)

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Directions: (15 minutes to prepare)

  • Bring 4 cups of water to a boil
  • (while water is boiling) Chop up tomatoes
  • Cube the cheddar cheese
  • Add pasta to boiling water. (Boil for 11 minutes)
  • Chop up Lindsay Olives
  • Drain pasta
  • Poor pasta into large bowl and add cheese, tomatoes and olives.
  • Add desired amount of Italian dressing.
  • Cover pasta and refrigerate until ready to eat.

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Any questions? Please feel free to watch this video tutorial on preparing this family favorite.

My daughter surprisingly LOVED the  olives in the pasta salad. Lindsay Olives are family owned and operated for 4 generations, Lindsay is in the San Francisco Bay area and have no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

As the company would say “Established in 1916, we act like a 100-year-old start up with deep roots in tradition and heritage, while continuously looking to grow and adapt. Like a fine wine, we keep getting better with age!”

You can shop Lindsay online and save 25% off your order with code GAMEDAY. You can also sign up for Club Lindsay to get a $1-off coupon and exclusive deals! Find your nearest Lindsay retailer and try them for yourself! If my picky daughter loved them, I guarantee you will too.

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  1. Kristen says:

    This looks so yummy and easy to throw together. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I’ll definitely be making this!

  2. chanel says:

    I love cold pasta salad! This recipe sounds so delicious!

  3. Tamara Goyette says:

    Would you believe I’ve never made a pasta salad? I need to try this.

  4. Amber Starr says:

    This is one of my favorite pasta salads! so simple and easy to make. I love loading mine with a TON of veggies!

  5. L says:

    I bet I could easily veganize this! My husband would love it!

  6. Brooke says:

    Ohhh! I love pasta salad! Will have to test this out!


  7. Savanna says:

    This is very similar to a recipe my mom always used growing up, it is SOO GOOD.

  8. Ashley Peavey says:

    This looks so good! I need to make some!

  9. Angela Fry says:

    I love pasta salad. Now I’m in the mood for some. Thanks for sharing. This looks great!

  10. I love cold pasta dishes and this one is perfect for any day!

  11. Not a big olive fan but the rest of this looks soo good! Saving this for later!

  12. Erica Nicole says:

    I’ve actually been craving olives this pregnancy! This recipe looks delicious and I love that cutting board.

  13. Ashley Peavey says:

    I love olives!

  14. Kerry says:

    Pasta salad is my absolute favorite. I could eat it daily. Thanks for the easy recipe!

  15. Shannon says:

    This looks so yummy! I love olives!

  16. This looks SO yummy. Pasta salad is always my favorite at a party, but I never make it myself! I love how fast it is, now I have no reason not to have it at home whenever I want!
    Trista |

  17. Jessica says:

    Yum! I love pasta salad.. especially on game day!

  18. Kristie says:

    Looks good! Black olives are one of my favorites…I could eat the whole can by themselves ?

  19. livi says:

    that looks so delicious!

  20. Erin Ruoff says:

    MMMM I love pasta salad!!

  21. Los Santos says:

    Me and my wife really enjoy reading your blog!

  22. I appreciate you sharing this blog post.Much thanks again. Fantastic.

  23. Erin Mway says:

    Say, you got a nice blog.Much thanks again. Great.

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