Antipasto Picnic Salad Recipe
- 1 package (16 ounces) medium pasta shells
- 2 jars (16 ounces each) giardiniera
- 1 pound fresh broccoli florets
- 1/2 pound cubed part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 pound hard salami, cubed
- 1/2 pound deli ham, cubed
- 2 packages (3-1/2 ounces each) sliced pepperoni, halved
- 1 large green pepper, cut into chunks
- 1 can (6 ounces) pitted ripe olives, drained
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, drain giardiniera, reserving 3/4 cup liquid. In a large bowl, combine the giardiniera, broccoli, mozzarella, salami, ham, pepperoni, green pepper and olives. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water; stir into meat mixture.
- 2. For dressing, in a small bowl, whisk the oil, vinegar, lemon juice, Italian seasoning, pepper, salt and reserved giardiniera liquid. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 25 servings (1 cup each).
Editor's Note: Giardiniera, a pickled vegetable mixture, is available in mild and hot varieties and can be found in the Italian or pickle section of your grocery store.
1 cup: 216 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 527mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 10g protein.
Reviews for Antipasto Picnic Salad
"Everyone wants to know this recipe, when I take it to potlucks. I do plan on trying the hot giardiniera next time."
"I can't tell you how many times my Italian in-laws have raved about this recipe! It has such a great flavor! It can be a little more on the expensive side to make - but well worth it!"
"Typically in authentic Italian Cooking any "Antipasto" Refered to a smaller, lighter food eaten before the main course. A salad or appetizer if you prefer to call it. An antipasto on the menu was a sign of prosperity, because of the fact that it was lighter and less fufilling than pasta, breads, large cuts of meat and so on. To Have an "antipasto" salad with pasta in it is a complete condriticion to the original definition of the food. Other than that the dish itself seems very nice and I respect the combination of ingredients."
"For those who didn't like the pickled vege mix you could chop up an equal mix of carrots, celery, cauliflower, and sweet onion and marinate with the dressing"
"This is absolutely out of this world and very close to a main dish. I made half the recipe and substituted 8 oz Kalamata olives for the ripe olives. For the dressing, I reserved 2 z of the giardiniera liquid, 2 oz of the Kalamata liquid and 6 oz Zesty Italian Dressing. The Kalamata olives and liquid gave it it that extra kick. I served it at a Senior Luncheon and everyone begged for the recipe. I use the HOT giardiniera when I make it for my family."
"Good salad. Nice, unexpected combination of ingredients. By way of clarification to mjill, the Italian use of the word 'anti' means "before" and "pasto" refers to the word "meal". Therefore, antipasto simply means "before the meal"."
"The dressing was ok. Next time I will use a bottle of Zesty Italian Dressing instead."
"Made this for a family reunion and got great reviews. No mayo, so didn't have to refrigerate. Will make again"
"I make this recipe minus the giardiniera and people love it!"
"I made this for a big birthday party and got wonderful comments on it. It was simple to make and prepare and it did make a lot of salad, but that's why I picked it. They only thing I really didn't like about it was the dressing...I found it a little to vinegery for me. Next tiem I will just use regular Krafts Italian salad dressing on it."
" The one I used has both.
"Made it for my granddaughters open house, everyone liked it."
"This is an excellent salad. I get rave reviews but beware- it makes a huge amount. Sometimes I cut it in half."
"Is the Giardiniera in this recipe the one with the cauliflower in it or the one with just the peppers in it?Thanks"
"Made this for the big annual 4th of July BBQ. Family tasted it, would not allow me to share with the guests! Thank goodness this makes a lot. I did bring about a 1/4 of it though... Truly is a fantastic recipe. Soooo EASY to assemble."
"Delicious! It does make a lot though, next time I will half the recipe."
"Very good!! I added the dressing right before serving. We loved it!!"
"yes, what is giarnidiera?"
"Italian-American relish of pickled vegetables in vinegar or oil."
"What is giarnidiera?KS"
"Made this for a Memorial Day picnic. Very good, but the serving size is rather large. That worked for my situation, but I would certainly half it if I weren't taking it to a gathering."
"This sounds wonderful! I will definately be making it for our Super Bowl party! Thanks!"
"This was very good! I will half it next time, though."
"This salad is delicious! I will make it again. I halved the recipe and it made a huge bowl!"
"This was a great salad and my guests really enjoyed it. I substituted a 97% fat free ham steak for the deli ham, as I could cube it easily. I also found 97% fat free pepperoni to help cut the fat out on this. I couldn't find hard salami, but did substitute a Hickory Farms summer sausage that went over quite well. I also blanched the broccoli in the pasta as it cooked and drained it all into the colander. I have several requests for the recipe. The only down side of this recipe was that I didn’t have a bowl big enough to mix all the ingredients. Next time I'd easily cut everything in half as it made so much."
"thanks DD will love this one"