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Hero Pasta Salad Recipe
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Hero Pasta Salad Recipe

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Hide this salad until serving time, or you might be surprised to find it gone! Try adding kalamata olives, peppers or yellow tomatoes. Be creative. — Angela Leinenbach, Mechanicsville, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min.
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • SALAD:
  • 2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup sliced pepperoncini
  • 4 ounces cubed provolone cheese
  • 2 ounces thinly sliced deli ham, cut into strips (2/3 cup)
  • 2 ounces thinly sliced hard salami, cut into strips (2/3 cup)
  • 5 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 large tomato, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

Nutritional Facts

2-1/2 cups equals 313 calories, 16 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 553 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 14 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk the first five ingredients until blended. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta; rinse with cold water.
  2. In a large bowl, combine onion, pepperoncini, cheese, meats and pasta. Just before serving, add lettuce and tomatoes. Drizzle with dressing; toss to coat. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Hero Pasta Salad in Taste of Home June/July 2013

Nutritional Facts

2-1/2 cups equals 313 calories, 16 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 553 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 14 g protein.

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

Reviews for Hero Pasta Salad

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Reviewed Jul. 27, 2014

I made this recipe as written but made a few changes due to my sodium sensitivity. I used Gemeli pasta (I had on hand), omitted salt and used Swiss Cheese (less sodium), also used Grapeseed Oil, can use less than Olive and get same results. I brought this salad to a Pot Luck and it went quite quickly and everyone asked for the recipe.

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Reviewed Jul. 27, 2014

I made this salad as written and it was fantastic. If you follow the recipe as written it is not dry. I mixed everything with the dressing except the lettuce and cherry tomatoes. When I serve it tonight I will place the salad on the lettuce and top with the cherry tomatoes. I did make a double batch of the dressing just to keep on hand for salads but only used half. I can sprinkle a bit on the lettuce if I feel it needs it but the salad itself is so flavorful it won't need it. My husband doesn't eat cold pasta salad. I talked him into a tablespoon and he couldn't believe it. He said, well I like it with meat and cheese in it! Thank you - this is a keeper/repeater. Gracia in Omaha ne

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Reviewed Jul. 27, 2014

I also agree with Muckel and Smittyisme. How can you rate it if you have not tried it. Make the recipe as written. Then when you make it again do your thing to it. What gets me is when someone switches this and adds that then switches for something else. Well it is no longer the recipie. It is like going to a resturant ordering the special, then subsatuting each item for another, now it is no longer the special for the day, oh and then expect the special price. Just once I would like to see a review of the original recipie WITHOUT all of the changes, then rate it. Good greif.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2014

excellant salad

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2014

I completely agree with Muckle.

I didn't care for the salad because it was sooo dry. I can't in all honesty give it a 5 because I had to make more dressing,.I can all of you give it a 5 star when you didn't follow the recipe as it was written?IIf you have to add something or delete something or double something then what's the point of rating it?

I gave it a 1.

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