Italian pasta salad

    40 min

    This pasta salad is guaranteed to be a hit. It combines delicious flavours from the Med in one dish. Pasta is tossed with roasted red peppers, olives, mozzarrella, tomatoes and salami in a balsamic dressing.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 450g dry penne pasta
    • 340g roasted red peppers
    • 200g black olives, chopped
    • 1 small onion, chopped
    • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
    • 450g mozzarella cheese, cubed
    • 5 plum tomatoes, chopped
    • 115g salami, cut into strips
    • 175ml olive oil
    • 125ml balsamic vinegar
    • ground black pepper to taste

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold running water until cool.
    2. Mix together: red peppers, olives, onion, garlic, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and salami.
    3. Combine in large bowl, pasta and vegetable mixture. Pour in olive oil, balsamic vinegar and black pepper. Mix everything well.

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    This is very good. The only thing that prevented me from giving it 5 stars was that I added to the basic recipe. My suggestions: add something green to the mix, I added broccoli flowerets, I also found the dressing a bit plain, so I added more garlic, a few dashes of Tabasco sauce, basil and pepper. Last note, this makes way more than 6 servings.  -  30 Jun 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is one of the best pasta salads I have ever had. I use turkey pepperoni instead of the salami to cut back on a few calories. I use an Italian seasoning packet mixed with olive oil for more flavor. I also use fresh basil. Terrific recipe.  -  28 Aug 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is a great recipe! I made a few changes by adding a can of quartered artichoke hearts, some steamed broccoli using pepperoni instead of the salami, a bottled vingarette because I'm lazy, and a generous sprinkling of Italian seasoning. It was a big hit at my family barbeque this weekend.  -  13 Aug 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)