Contest-Winning Picnic Pasta Salad Recipe
- 1 package (12 ounces) tricolor spiral pasta
- 1 package (10 ounces) refrigerated tricolor tortellini
- 1 jar (7-1/2 ounces) marinated artichoke hearts, undrained
- 1/2 pound fresh broccoli florets (about 1-3/4 cups)
- 12 ounces provolone cheese, cubed
- 12 ounces hard salami, cubed
- 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
- 1 medium green pepper, chopped
- 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 2 cans (2-1/4 ounces each) sliced ripe olives, drained
- 1 medium red onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 envelopes Italian salad dressing mix
- 1. Cook spiral pasta and tortellini according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water. Place in a large bowl; add the artichokes, broccoli, provolone cheese, salami, peppers, beans, olives, onion and garlic.
- 2. Prepare salad dressing according to package directions; pour over salad and toss to coat. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate. Yield: 14-16 servings.
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"Great recipe! Perfect when you're tired of making the same old potato or macaroni salads. Lots of great flavours that mingle well. Even more delicious as leftovers the next day"
"LOVED this salad and it made a huge amount. Which everyone loved so they could have some the next day. Big hit at my father's 90th birthday celebration!"
"Delicious! Holds up really well for a picnic and everyone loved it!"
"I took a bowl of this to a family potluck get-together today. I made just a few changes: forgot to buy broccoli, so omitted it, added some siced green stuffed olives, used a 7-oz. box of dried tortellini, subbed green onions for the red onion, and left the garlic out. It was still very good! There is a little left over (there was a LOT of food), but it won't last long around here as my daughter and I just love this."
"I have made this recipe for years, as it appeared in a Taste of Home issue previously. We love it. And it makes a large salad for a big group. In fact, I'm getting hungry for it just reading about it!"
"Awesome salad and a great big thanks for all that contributed optional derivatives. For those of you that are chefs by trade or are diy's , we value your input and optional suggestions. They're always welcome. As you know all families have different tastes and preferences."
"This is an amazing salad, just a little expensive to be economical. Taste is really great!"
"butterfly 4183 you changed the recipe almost entirely, no one cares just submit your own recipe are you kidding? get a life the author doesn't need a lecture, i am a seasoned cook and don't need a lecture from you either this a five star *****"
"My family loved it Very flavorful. Keeping this one!"
"butterfly4283,Did you see the title of this recipe? "Contest-winning picnic pasta salad"So you see i'm questioning why you bore us with your trivial family preferences. Sit there in your kitchen and try to figure out how to really cook instead of boring all of us with how you "are going to change it for your family". We really don't care until you reinvent it and prove it then publish it as your own, and possibly give this recipe credit for your inspiration. Girl, you sound like my sister who likes nothing that she doesn't cook!For goodness sake try something that someone else makes or just shut up. I for one and most every one else don't like something in a recipe so we delete or substitute...just life in the kitchen...keep cooking but don't be a dork."
"I've made this as a summer picnic/potluck staple for years. I frequently use a bottled Italian cheese salad dressing (such as Bernstein's) instead of the dressing mix. Doing so perks up the provolone. And, instead of cubed hard salami I buy turkey pepperoni to use. It adds color and dimension without high fat. Stack the rounds of pepperoni and cut them in fourths for better distribution in the salad when tossed."
"This recipe is good! I would make a few changes for my family though. I would change the cheese to Dubliner, it is extra sharp and has more flavor than the provolone. I would also blanch the broccoli for 2 or 3 minutes so you get the full nutritional value of it. The cell walls are too tough to break down when eaten raw unless you put it in a green smoothie. I would also use only 1 package of italian dressing and stir some mustard into it. 2 pkgs. is too much dressing and way too much sodium and the mustard gives it a bit of a bite. I would probably use a regular can of olives and slice them myself as we are fond of olives. Might add some queen stuffed green olives sliced too, again we love olives and the green ones have a nice bite to them. I add them to my spagetti sauce too. I never thought of adding salami to pasta salad, it is quite good. I usually use ham or italian canned tuna."
"OMG this is so easy and so good - great for those summer picnics"
"Perfect to bring to a potluck. It is always a hit. Makes a huge bowl."
"A perfect easy and delicious summer picnic salad!"
"I have made this several times. Everyone loves it!"
"I've made this recipe since it was published in 2003. Absolutely love it! It's always a hit no matter where I take it."
"This is a definite winner! I made a small amount of this just to try..and my mother made a surprise visit and scolded me for not making enough to share! I made it again a week later and it didn't last long. I added some plum tomatoes to it and I steamed the broccoli."