Perfect pasta salad

Perfect pasta salad


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About this recipe: A delicious Italian anti-pasti inspired dish. Pasta is tossed with salami, pepperoni, Asiago cheese, Parmesan cheese, olives, peppers, tomatoes and herbs in a wonderful dressing.


Serves: 12 

  • 450g dry pasta shells
  • 115g salami, chopped
  • 115g pepperoni, chopped
  • 225g Asiago cheese, diced
  • 75g black olives, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 (20g) packet dry Italian-style salad dressing mix
  • 175ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:1hr chilling  ›  Ready in:1hr35min 

  1. Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of salted boiling water until al dente. Drain and cool under cold water.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, salami, pepperoni, Asiago cheese, black olives, red pepper, green pepper and tomatoes. Stir in the dressing mix. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  3. To prepare the dressing, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, oregano, parsley, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Just before serving, pour dressing over the salad and mix well.


Dry Italian-style salad dressing mix can be purchased online.

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