Deli Pasta Salad by Maggie

Maggie ^O^


We both love a good deli style pasta salad but have never been truly happy with any of them. So we took the best parts of some and added a couple of personal choices and came up with this one that has been satisfying a hunger for several years now.

The thing I like best about this is you make it ahead and the longer it sits the better it tastes .. and you can truly make a meal out of just this with a slice of sour dough and a glass of wine !


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  • 8 oz
    dry spiral pasta - plain or tri color
  • 1 c
    cherry tomatoes - halved
  • 1/2 c
    black olives - halved
  • 1/2 c
    pimento stuffed green olives - rinsed and halved
  • 1 c
    thin celery slices
  • 1/2 c
    red bell pepper cut into 1" or less cubes
  • 1/2 c
    green bell pepper cut into 1" or less cubes
  • 1/2 c
    red onion slices
  • 1/4 c
    grated fresh parmesan cheese (use grated from bottle if needed)
  • 1/2 tsp
    dill weed
  • 1/4 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 6 oz
    cubed provolone cheese
  • 6 oz
    pepperoni slices cut into quarters
  • 6 oz
    salami cut into strips
  • 4 slice
    bacon cooked crisp then crumbled
  • 1 bottle
    your favorite italian salad dressing *****

How to Make Deli Pasta Salad by Maggie


  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions; rinse in cold water and drain. Place in a large bowl and store in fridge while the next steps are being completed.
  2. In a large bowl combine the cherry tomatoes, black and green olives, celery, red and green peppers and the onion. Stir to combine.
  3. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese, dill weed and garlic over your vegetable mixture and stir together.
  4. Cut your Provolone cheese into cubes about 1/2", add to the vegies and stir to mix.
  5. Cut the pepperoni and salami then add those and the bacon to the vegetables and cheese and give it a nice stir to combine and evenly distribute everything.
  6. Take your cooled pasta from the fridge and add to the vegetable mixture in the large bowl.
  7. I like to squeeze about half of the bottle of dressing over the salad for starters. Gently stir to coat everything.

    If everything is coated then pop a lid on the bowl and put in into the refrigerator for a minimum of 8 hours.
  8. *** NOTES ***

    For fun you can use tri color pasta or even a different shape like a Cavatappi, Campanelle, Bow Ties or even a shell.

    If you have a favorite recipe for a home made dressing then by all means use that.

    We prefer a brand called Ken's and we like the Zesty Italian because it gives just a bit more oomph and kick to this salad.

    This salad is best served very cold and after having rested in the refrigerator overnight.

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About Deli Pasta Salad by Maggie

Course/Dish: Pasta Salads
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American

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