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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!

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  • 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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"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!"
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  1. naughtyspiders
    Great Stuff, I use Havarti instead of Provolone.....
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  2. Beth F.
    I have never followed a recipe for a pasta salad before. I have always just winged it. This was so very very good. Thankyou Kittencal
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  3. ELS7493
    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?
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  4. chefsgk
    Excellent! This was exactly what I was looking for. I left out the salami and the olives and I thought it needed the sugar (which was optional). I can't stop eating it! Thanks for another great recipe!
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  5. Sherri35
    This is a delicious pasta salad! Even my husband, who does not enjoy pasta salads, liked this. Next time I will double the dressing because it is a little drier than I'd like, but it still has great flavor. I will also cube the salami next time instead of slicing it.
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