Quick and Easy Spicy Pasta Salad

This is a quick, easy Spicy Pasta Salad packed with fresh veggies and seafood. Make in under 30 min. Perfect for an appetizer, side, or main!   #Vegan  #Vegetarian

Spicy pasta salad in an bowl made with Cupper's hot sauce for easy gourmet recipes

Pasta salad is a chilled pasta dish often served with a vinegar, oil, or mayonnaise based dressing. Serve it as an appetizer, side dish, or main course. Try adding some cooked seafood, or chicken for some added protein.

Saltwest Naturals harvest their Sea Salts right in beautiful Sooke, British Columbia. For this recipe we are using their Smokehouse Peppercorns and the Raincoast Flor de Sel.

Saltspring Kitchens started out on Salt Spring Island. It was a creation out of the kitchen of Melanie Mulherin, aka the Sauce Boss. Since 2012, they’ve been making jams, spreads and hot sauces to rave reviews. We used their Morita + Espresso + Chipotle Hot Sauce to give this pasta salad a boost.

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Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 10 min

Total Time: 20 min

Skill Level: Easy

Servings: Ten servings


  • Large saucepan or Dutch oven
  • Food colander
  • Large bowl
  • Whisk
  • Cutting board
  • Vegetable knife
  • Peppermill
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. rotini noodles
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1/2 zucchini
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 cup black olives
  • 1 cup feta cheese

Homemade Dressing Ingredients:


  1. Cook rotini noodles as per directions, drain and rinse under cold water
  2. While pasta is cooking whisk Saltspring Kitchen Morita + Espresso + Chipotle Hot Sauce, Saltwest Raincoast Flor de Sel, and olive oil in a large bowl until completely blended.
  3. Grind Saltwest Smokehouse Peppercorns and add them to the dressing.
  4. Cut up all the vegetables to desired size, set aside.
  5. Cut up feta cheese to the desired size, set aside.
  6. Cut up any desired protein into bite-sized pieces.
  7. Gently mix the vegetables, cheese, and meat in the large mixing bowl. Add the noodles, and pour the dressing over the salad.
  8. Garnish with a sprinkle of salt, and serve!
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