Southern Antipasto Salad

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Barbara Drexler

By
@Canicookforyou

This is the way my Mom taught us to cook. Start out with a great recipe and make it better. If the pasta seems a little dry after sitting overnight, just whisk more mayo and salad dressing together and add to it before topping with seasoning and Parmesan cheese.

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Barbara has taken all the flavors of an antipasto platter and turned it into a delicious pasta salad. For those unfamiliar with antipasto, it's traditionally the first course of an Italian meal. It's a grazing tray filled with cured meat, olives, pickled vegetables, cheese, and more. This has a wonderful blend of Southern-based salads and an Italian pasta salad. Sweet and tangy, the dressing complements all the flavors in the salad. The hint of fresh basil and green onions adds a summer-like freshness to the dish. Pepperoni and olives are classic antipasto flavors and they shine bright in here. This will be a tasty addition to summer cookouts.

Note: This makes a lot of pasta salad. If you're not serving a crowd, the recipe can easily be cut in half. Test Kitchen Avatar The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★★ 7 votes

Comments:
Serves:
25
Prep:
1 Hr 15 Min
Cook:
1 Hr
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

  • 2 lb
    tri colored rotini corkscrew pasta
  • 8 oz
    sliced pepperoni, quartered
  • 4
    green onions
  • 2 can(s)
    black olives, sliced (2.25 oz each)
  • 1/2 jar(s)
    capers (small jar, 3.5 oz)
  • 3 c
    mayonnaise dressing
  • 1 bottle
    Paul Newmans balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing
  • 2 tsp
    dried Italian herb seasoning
  • 4 sprig(s)
    fresh basil, chopped
  • 8 oz
    Sargento Italian blend shredded cheese
  • ·
    shredded Parmesan cheese

How to Make Southern Antipasto Salad

Step-by-Step

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain in a colander. Rinse in cold water and drain. Place pasta in a bowl.
  2. Whisk mayo and salad dressing together in a separate bowl. Add to pasta. Stir until coated.
  3. Place the pepperoni, green onions, black olives, and capers in the mixing bowl.
  4. Add chopped basil, Italian seasoning, and Italian cheese blend. Stir until blended.
  5. Cover and store in refrigerator overnight.
  6. Right before serving, sprinkle additional Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese on the top of the bowl.

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About Southern Antipasto Salad

Course/Dish: Pasta Salads
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Southern
Collection: Picnic Picks!
Other Tag: Quick & Easy



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