Keto Pasta Salad

Low Carb / Keto / Gluten Free

When I was younger, pasta salad was my absolutely favorite.  My mom would make me a special batch without green peppers because I found them disgusting (and still do, to be honest). Her recipe calls for gluten-filled enriched pasta and store-bought Italian dressing.  Since I medically have to avoid grains and choose to avoid crappy vegetable oils, I make mine with some slight alterations. Using a Paderno Veggie Spiralizer, I am able to make a pasta substitute that handles just like the real thing! You can use virtually any vegetable, but for this one, I used zucchini. The best part of using zucchini noodles is that they have little to no flavor and take on that of what you mix with it.  They are perfect for pasta recipes, including those with sauces! For my Low Carb Pasta Salad, I combine zucchini noodles, fresh vegetables, Italian antipasto and a delectable dressing.  This recipe is sure to knock the socks off of your friends and family - they won't even complain that it's actually missing real pasta! If you tolerate dairy, you can add some cubed cheddar cheese or possibly some fresh grated parmesan. Some other options include:

  • Nuts for texture and crunch
  • Fire roasted peppers for sweetness
  • Swapping out zucchini for carrots
  • Trying a creamier dressing that is mayonnaise based
Low Carb Pasta Salad

Low Carb Pasta Salad

Yield: 4 servings


  • 4 medium sized zucchini, spiralized
  • 1/2 cup Creamy Italian Dressing (click for recipe)
  • 1/2 cup black olives, sliced
  • 1/4 cup banana pepper rings
  • 1 oz genoa salami, sliced into strips
  • 1 oz pepperoni, sliced into strips
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare zucchini noodles as mentioned above or here.
  2. Combine zucchini black olives, banana peppers, salami, and pepperoni in a bowl.
  3. Pour Creamy Italian Dressing over top and toss to coat.
  4. Refrigerate at least an hour.
  5. Right before serving, add tomatoes (tomatoes are gross if they've been refrigerated) and toss.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

How to Make Zucchini Noodles

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  1. Michelle on July 21, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Has anyone tried to replace the zucchini with cucumber?

    • Dominic on August 25, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      I bet it would be delicious but hard to cut into noodles. Maybe just a thin slice instead. My dad has always made a cucumber salad that is to die for like this!

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  3. Tina on February 1, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Haha I love your honesty (tomatoes ARE gross when they’re been in the refrigerator!) Looking forward to making this and to more of your recipes!

  4. Cheryl on October 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Living single, to save on waste, I freeze unused avocado, diced to later add to blended recipes. Instead of purchasing expensive avocado oil, I will use some saved avocado chunks and add that to your Creamy Italian Dressing recipe. Fiber up and creamy goodness!

    I look forward to making this pasta salad tonight!

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  6. Andrea on August 28, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Oh man this looks so good. I love that pasta salad too but never thought of making it with the zucchini pasta. Pinned it.

  7. Mary on August 27, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    What is the carbs and protein of the pasta salad?
    Thank you

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