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Parmesan Pasta Salad

This is my favorite pasta salad. It makes a lot so it’s great for entertaining or for a potluck. The standout flavour that makes this recipe for me is the salami. I use Brand’ts all beef, and it is excellent. I also roast my own peppers but you could use jarred.

You can make it in advance, just store the dressing in a jar in the fridge and mix and toss when ready to serve. It also makes great leftovers.
This was made for Day 5 of my 101 salads in 101 days challenge.   It is adapted from Canadian Living


Parmesan Pasta Salad

1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
3 oz thinly sliced salami
3/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted
2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes
6 cups penne pasta
3/4 cup chopped roasted red pepper
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil or parsley


In large bowl, whisk together Parmesan cheese, oil, vinegar, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper; set aside.

Cut salami into thin strips. Chop olives. Cut grape tomatoes in half or cherry tomatoes into quarters.

Meanwhile, in large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until tender but firm, about 10 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup (125 mL) pasta water. Rinse under cold water; drain well and add to dressing along with reserved pasta water.

Add salami, olives, tomatoes and red pepper; toss to combine. Add basil; toss again.


Caprese Pasta Salad

Ok so I am on a bit of a caprese salad kick, I already posted a plain caprese salad recipe, here’s one with pasta in it. Perfect for a potluck or feeding a crowd. I made this for a large dinner party with many children attending. The kids will eat the pasta and the occasional bocconcini and very rarely a tomato. So I consider this kid friendly!

  • 1lb pasta (I used orrechietti)
  • 2 tubs of bocconcini
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 1/2 cup basil chopped
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  1. cook the pasta as directed, rinse and cool pasta, add the rest of the ingredients and serve. I eyeballed this recipe, so you may want to adjust the dressing to your taste. Season generously with salt and pepper.

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