Italian Pasta Salad

Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

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Kim Cleaves


Created this because I'm not a big fan of mayo based salads. I make it a lot over the summer and it always disappears. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and friends do!!


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45 Min
20 Min
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  • 4
    garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1/2 c
    fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp
    italian seasoning
  • 1 1/3 c
    olive oil (use a good quality, rich flavored one)
  • 6 Tbsp
    balsamic vinegar
  • ·
    salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 box
    bow tie or corkscrew pasta (16 oz box)
  • 1 c
    hard salami, cut into strips
  • 1 c
    cooked turkey or chicken breast
  • 1/2 c
    green or black olives, chopped (i use green)
  • 1/2 c
    sun dried tomatoes, in olive oil
  • 1 c
    parmesan cheese, shaved with a peeler

How to Make Italian Pasta Salad


  1. Boil pasta until al dente. While cooking pasta; combine garlic, mustard and balsamic vinegar in blender. With blender running; add basil, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and slowly pour in the olive oil. Blend until well mixed and smooth. Put warm pasta (do NOT rinse) in big bowl and add all ingredients except for cheese. Mix well and put in fridge overnight to blend flavors. Add cheese and stir before serving.
  2. This could easily have artichokes, mushrooms, pepperoni or any number of other ingredients added to it to make it as you want for your family.

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About Italian Pasta Salad

Course/Dish: Chicken, Pasta, Pasta Salads, Salads
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian

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