Italiano Pasta Salad
photo by Andi Longmeadow Farm
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- 1 lb rotini pasta, cooked al dente, drained, and rinsed under cold water (can substitute shell or even elbow pasta)
- 1⁄2 cup genoa salami, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup pepperoni, chopped
- 1 cup asiago cheese, small diced (can substitute mozzarella)
- 1 (6 ounce) can black olives, drained and chopped
- 1⁄4 cup pitted green olives, drained and chopped
- 1⁄4 cup pepperoncini pepper, drained well (optional)
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 3 roma tomatoes, chopped
- 1 (2/3 ounce) package dried Italian salad dressing mix
- 3⁄4 cup olive oil
- 1⁄4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
- black pepper
- iceberg lettuce, optional serving suggestion
- In a large bowl, combine pasta, salami, pepperoni, Asiago cheese, black olives, green olives, pepperoncini, red and green bell peppers and tomatoes. Set aside.
- For the dressing, whisk together Italian salad dressing mix, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, oregano, parsley, Parmesan cheese and black pepper.
- Just before serving pour dressing over salad, toss to coat.
- Serve over iceberg lettuce.
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How could you ever go wrong with-a-pasta-salll...ad? (make sure you pronounce it with an "Italian" accent.) Why? Because you will have thought you had a miracle flight to Italy when you were asleep. You will be transformed into believing the plate in front of you was brought to you by a wonderful woman who owns a little bistro in the midst of wine-country, and she served you salad table side where the tables were decorated with grape leaves, a spray of baby's breath, and large sunflowers. All those thoughts ran through my mind as I was devouring this You will be enjoying every. single. bite. Followed this exactly, except used a bit of feta because I ran out of asiago cheese. Go ahead pull up a chair and enjoy. Made for Everyday is a Holiday October 2009
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I'm just me, mother, grandmother...friend to many and a Louisianian. My Cajun and French Quarter Italian descent afforded me exposure to some of the best of foods. My passions are my family, decorating, cooking and gardening. Those very passions push me into constant awareness with always looking for something new to delight the senses, thus my favorite idiom...Inspire me, puuuullllllleeeeeeease! ...and I mean it, too. God Bless America!