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Dish :: Italian Party Salad

I bring this easy-peasy pasta salad to every party I attend, I swear.

My friends and family are probably sick of it by now, but it always seems to be a hit!

Simple, colorful, delicious, versatile, and not terrible for ya.  You can’t ask for a better combination!

Italian Party Salad

  • 6 cups of cooked bowtie pasta
  • 1 green pepper, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup of cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 pound of cubed salami
  • 1/2 pound of fresh mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 – 2/3 cup of Kraft Tuscan House Italian salad dressing (or any Italian you like; adjust amount of dressing to taste)
  • Black pepper to taste

Cook the pasta, drain, and set aside to cool.

While your pasta is cooking, chop your pepper and tomatoes, cheese and salami.  Toss all ingredients in a big serving bowl together, chill, and serve!

Enjoy!

Variations:

  • Add in red pepper flakes, or chopped basil and oregano for a nice kick
  • Toss in some finely chopped spinach, asparagus, broccoli, or black olives for a little extra color
  • Use cubed turkey or grilled chicken instead of salami for a healthier alternative
  • Or, leave out the meat altogether for a vegetarian-friendly option
  • Use whole wheat pasta for extra fiber
  • Use smoked provolone instead of mozzarella for a heartier flavor
  • Low-fat dressings work well in this recipe
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One comment on “Dish :: Italian Party Salad

  1. ahappymediumlife
    July 18, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    this is my favorite summer dish, I sometimes just make it for myself and eat the whole thing (not in one sitting, although with the heat wave, I am living through, not a bad idea). YUMMY!

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