Deli-Style Pasta Salad
This is an authentic deli-style recipe for pasta salad, it's great to take to potlucks or just to have at any time or any season. I sometimes add in some feta in place of the Parmesan cheese, I usually double up on the dressing ingredients, plan ahead this needs to chill for 8 hours or up to 24 hours --- please do not omit the salami that is what makes this salad!
- Ready In:
- 1 (7 ounce) package tri-color spiral pasta
- 6 ounces hard salami, thinly sliced
- 6 ounces provolone cheese, cubed
- 2 1⁄4 ounces ripe olives, sliced and drained
- 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 small zucchini, halved and thinly sliced
- 1⁄4 cup green bell pepper, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup red bell pepper, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup fresh parsley, minced
- 1⁄4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
- 1⁄2 cup olive oil or 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1⁄4 cup cider vinegar or 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder (or to taste, or use a small amount of fresh minced)
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons prepared mustard or 1 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano (or to taste)
- salt and pepper
- 2 -4 teaspoons sugar (optional)
- Cook pasta according to directions; rinse in cold water, drain.
- Place the cooked pasta in a large bowl.
- Toss with 1-2 tbsp olive oil (to prevent pasta from sticking and drying out, this is optional).
- Add the next 9 ingredients, with the Parmesan cheese; toss to combine.
- In a jar with a tight fitting lid, combine oil, vinegar, garlic powder, mustard, basil, oregano, salt and pepper; shake well to combine.
- Add in sugar if you find that the dressing is too strong.
- Pour over the salad; toss to coat well.
- Cover, and chill for 8 or more hours, (overnight is even better).
- Toss again before serving.
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Not a bad pasta salad, but I thought it was lacking some zip. Not sure what though, I just thought it was missing something and didn't have the tangy taste that pasta salad normal does. I did not double the sauce and am glad, otherwise it would have been a lot oilier than it already was. I followed the recipe exactly but omitted the onion and salami (vegetarian). I did add 2 tsp. of sugar to the sauce, which I thought helped to cut the olive oil flavor. I may make this again if I can figure out how to tweak the sauce to my taste. Any suggestions?Reply