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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Antipasto Pasta Salad

I just subscribed to "Celebrate" magazine, was looking through the Spring issue, and saw this salad.  It looked so good that I decided to make it this weekend.  I adapted it to my taste, and was very happy with the result...so was my hubby!  It has a great flavor, plus it makes a large amount, so it is good for big families or for a crowd. As there are just the two of us, we planned to share it with our neighbors, but ate it all ourselves over the weekend.  I changed quite a few things from the original recipe.  I used Calamata olives instead of black olives, because they have more flavor, and omitted the cup of garbanzo beans...because I don't like them. ;)  I used the farfalle the recipe called for, but any heavy pasta could be used.

1 box farfalle, cooked al dente
1 TBS olive oil
1 C Genoa Salami, cut in bite sized cubed pieces
1 C Provolone cheese, cut in bite sized cubed pieces
1 roasted red bell pepper, cut in bite sized cubed pieces
1 roasted yellow bell pepper, cut in bite sized cubed pieces
2 C grape tomatoes, halved
2/3 C Calamata olives, halved
2 jars marinated artichoke hearts, drained and halved
1/2 C fresh basil, cut in thin strips
1/2 C Vidalia onion, cut in bite sized cubed pieces
1/2 C Good Seasons Italian dressing, prepared per package instructions
1/4 C red wine vinegar
1 large clove garlic, squeezed through garlic press
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook pasta per instructions on box for al dente; drain, then mix with 1 TBS olive oil to coat pasta well.  Roast peppers under broiler, and remove peeling.  When pasta and peppers have cooled, combine pasta, Salami, cheese, peppers, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, olives, basil and onions in a large bowl.  Prepare dressing per package directions, add garlic and mix well.  Salt and pepper to taste; pour dressing and red wine vinegar over salad; mix well, tossing to coat.

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  1. Colorful & healthy salad, looks yummy!

  2. Thank you, Ambreen. So glad you dropped by. Patsy

  3. I love your blog name - very creative!

  4. love the sound of this salad - I think it would be great hit with my girls!
    Mary x

  5. This sounds so good, my friend! Isn't it amazing how two little people can eat that big salad? Rich and I are constantly amazed at ourselves!! I guess it's because we're such good cooks!!

  6. It looks and sounds so good. I am a vegetarian so I will just have to have mine without the salami!

  7. I saw this on Pinterest and wanted to try it, I will get around to it this summer, I might add the garbanzo beans as I love them! xo

  8. I love that type of salad. Yours looks very colorful and delicious. Thanks for sharing at Your Cozy Home Party.--------- Shannon

  9. Hi Patsy! I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I love this salad. I'm featuring it today over at Weekend Potluck. If you'd like, you can stop on over and grab a featured button. Hope you have a great weekend!