Delicioso Antipasto Pasta Salad

"This is a recipe I devised when I had a craving for an antipasto salad, but wanted a different spin on the dressing. Oh man, did I love the result. I served it during an outdoor bbq and it went over big! It's a simple salad with a big flavor. I hope you enjoy."
photo by limeandspoontt photo by limeandspoontt
photo by limeandspoontt
photo by limeandspoontt photo by limeandspoontt
photo by limeandspoontt photo by limeandspoontt
photo by JackieOhNo! photo by JackieOhNo!
photo by Darkhunter photo by Darkhunter
Ready In:




  • Cook pasta until al dente, according to package directions - drain.
  • Combine pesto and mayo, salt and pepper.
  • Add the mayo mixture to the warm pasta.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, toss well.
  • *I prefer serving this at room temperature (don't leave it out too long though, because of the mayo!) It's also good straight from the refrigerator.

Questions & Replies

Got a question? Share it with the community!


  1. Delicioso is right -- this is an awesome pasta salad. I found little round balls of mozzarella and they worked perfectly in this salad. I also added some chopped canned artichokes - just because I had them in the pantry. Loved the dressing on this pasta salad. This pasta salad will be great with our dinner tonight -- if it lasts that long. : )
  2. Wow - this was genius! I made this exactly as posted, except I used whole black olives. I also used fresh mozzarella baby pearls, grape tomatoes and hard salami (which I thought would be easier to cube). The pesto adds so much flavor, and elevates this from good to great! I will definitely be making this again! Made for Culinary Quest 2014.
  3. I made this for a quick lunch for DH and I before he went to work. DH isn't a big fan of pesto, but I thought I'd be able to get by since it was in a pasta salad! He loved it! I used cubed feta, beef summer sausage and added large green olives. Yummy! I'll make this again! I might try it with chicken breast next time... Thanks LIG! Made for KK Chef's Pick Tag
  4. Easy good on hot days
  5. Loved this recipe. The flavors all went together so well and it was so easy to make. I made this for both of my jobs potlucks. It made such a big amount I divided it in half and was enjoyed by lots of people. I even got recipe requests. Made for 2014 Favorites.


Hello! I have a wonderful husband and two fantastic kids. I love to read, have fun with family and friends, stay active with: running; soccer; golf; biking; hiking; and gardening. I love to travel. I'm looking forward to more international travel someday. Cooking has become a passion for me. I love to read cookbooks, watch the Food Network, and try new recipes. I have way too many cookbooks! A few of my favorites are: Barefoot Contessa (any - but especially 'Family Style'),Rachael Ray 30-Minute Meals 2, Roasting by Barbara Kafka, Beyond Parsley & The Black Dog Summer on the Vineyard Cookbook. I try to carefully choose recipes that I think my family will enjoy, which is why most of my ratings are 3-5 stars. Happy cooking!
View Full Profile

Find More Recipes