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5 from 2 votes

Italian Pasta Salad

Italian Pasta Salad is one of those recipe that is great for any occasion, especially if your needing to feed a crowd. This delicious recipe is packed with veggies, pasta, salami, cheese, and seasonings to give you a bomb of flavor that will leave you full and satisfied.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pasta Salad with Salami
Servings: 7 people
Author: Jill

Ingredients

Salad

  • 1 cup mozzarella balls mini, whole or halved
  • 13 cherry tomatoes plum or , I used tricolor, halved
  • ½ red onion medium dice
  • 1 cup cucumber sliced and seeds removed (I cut the cucumber in half and removed the seeds with a fruit scoop)
  • ½ cup black olives green or purple would also taste delicious here
  • ½ cup parsley chopped
  • 10 oz salami smaller dice (or other Italian sausage, or kielbasa)
  • 15 oz pasta fusilli, rotini, farfalle, or any other pasta that has little curves that the dressing gets stuck in
  • ½ cup bell pepper diced (red tastes better as it is sweeter and balances the salty flavors well)

Dressing

  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil + 3 tablespoons
  • 1 tsp Dijon
  • 1 tsp Maple syrup
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Prepare pasta according to package directions (al dente). Add a little salt to your pasta. Once cooked, drain the pasta in a colander and let cool down or even chill in the fridge before stirring with other ingredients. (We are going for a cold salad here).
  • For faster cooling, arrange pasta on a baking sheet while you cut other ingredients.
  • Make the dressing. In a mixing jug or mason jar with a lid, combine dressing ingredients and stir/shake well. Let stand (fridge or room temperature) for 15-30 minutes for flavors to blend.
  • Prepare your veggies and salami by cutting them and arrange in a large mixing bowl. Add in the pasta and stir in the dressing. Taste for seasoning.
  • For better flavor, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour. It is however optional.