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Hero Pasta Salad

 Hero Pasta Salad
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
6 ServingsPrep: 35 min.

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

Directions

  • In a small bowl, whisk the first five ingredients until blended. Cook
  • pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta; rinse with cold
  • water.
  • 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.

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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.
Wine: Light-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.