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Salami Pasta Salad Recipe

Salami Pasta Salad Recipe

The first time I tasted this delicious salad was at my wedding, and I recall, even in the blur of that day, the recipe was in high demand. That was years ago and I'm still asked to bring it to cookouts and parties! —Sarah Ryan, Geneva, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min. YIELD:9 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked small pasta shells
  • 3/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped pepperoni
  • 1/2 cup cubed hard salami
  • 1/2 cup whole ripe olives, quartered
  • 2 ounces provolone cheese, cubed
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Place in a large bowl; add the green pepper, tomatoes, pepperoni, salami, olives, cheese and onion.
  • 2. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients. Pour over pasta mixture; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Yield: 9 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 273 calories, 17g fat (5g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 817mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.

Reviews for Salami Pasta Salad

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dewflop User ID: 216755 253615
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2016

"Four stars because I changed green pepper to red pepper, and left out black olives because I really, really don't like them. The salad was a very nice change. No Italian dressing, you make it yourself which I really liked. Makes a lot, but holds up well leftover."

Andelee User ID: 8660341 252012
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2016

"This is the second time I am making this salad in as many weeks. It is great, easy to make and everybody loves it. The only slight changes I make are to the dressing. I reduce the salt to half a teaspoon (plenty of salt in the pepperoni and salami) and I also reduce the sugar to one tablespoon. I'm sure you could add different types of peppers or cheese to suit the individual taste. This is a must have recipe!"

PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 250677
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2016

"This was really easy to make and it had a different taste than the generic "Italian pasta salad". I think the sugar and red wine vinegar really went well together. The result was a very light taste, not overwhelming whatsoever. Perfect for a salad. I made some minor changes: used mini wheels pasta (same amount stated), summer sausage instead of salami, and swiss cheese instead of provolone. Turned out great!"

Ohcook User ID: 8893739 250430
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2016

"This salad is a keeper. The only changes I made was to microwave the salami and pepperoni cubes on paper towels for three minutes to absorb some of the fat. Let it cool then add to salad. Also used honey instead of sugar in dressing."

maddydeh User ID: 3772944 231205
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2015

"This is my favorite pasta salad. I have made it for my family almost every week during the summer, as well as for picnics and parties and always get lots of compliments. I use the 6 oz package of prepared diced pepperoni, a purple onion instead of white/yellow, a whole red pepper (instead of 3/4 cup green), colby cheese with jalapeno for a little extra zip (instead of milder provolone), and genoa salami. Personal preference, I do not add the olives or tomatoes. I usually double the recipe, which also means doubling the dressing. I'm sure you could add almost anything else to this salad....carrots (diced or shredded), celery, etc....and not go wrong."

nmblades User ID: 170437 230515
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2015

"This is SO good. I make it at least once per summer. It' a big hit at the lake and on picnics."

Sheena_Pallante User ID: 8038998 216997
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2015

"This pasta salad is delicious! I get compliments every time I make it."

silverpencil User ID: 8150139 214482
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2014

"I've never reviewed a recipe because I have to create an account, which was too much hassle. This recipe, however, deserves the hassle. This is one of my "hall of fame" recipes. I panfry the salami to render some of the fat, which also intensifies the salami flavor and makes it crispy and chewy. Just put the diced salami in a dry frying pan and cook on medium-low for about 15 minutes while you dice the other ingredients. Make the dressing before everything else because the sugar and salt need time to dissolve. Finally, I love this recipe because I can use up an entire package of most of the ingredients (I buy them from Trader Joe): one bag of pasta (the shells stick together in stacks, so I use other shapes of small pasta), one stick of salami, one package of green bell pepper, one small onion, one jar of olives, one pack of provolone. I don't have to store a half pack of this or quarter jar of that in my fridge afterwards, and try to remember to use t hem up later. I double the dressing recipe, and have enough pasta salad for days. It makes a good lunch to take to work or school.l"

kredhead User ID: 710648 62631
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2014

"Have made a salad like this for years. A little Parmesan & cubed mozzarella cheese gives it a little creaminess. So good on a hot day, can be made well in advance placing the pasta in just before serving."

valanddansmith User ID: 988113 67390
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2013

"Loved this! To me, it has all the essential components of a good pasta salad, although I did use cheddar rather than provolone. Will definitely make it again!"

momio User ID: 2526647 148346
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2013

"We really liked it. I had a half of a cucumber so I added that and didn't have a green bell pepper so I used a Hatch green chili and I thought it was still yummy."

Colnight User ID: 41759 67386
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2013

"I thought this was really good. At first I thought it was okay, but the more I ate it my opinion changed. Was a different type pasta salad than I was use to I guess, lol"

tstreich User ID: 1042559 58510
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2013

"This is my go-to summer salad and I'm always asked for the recipe when I take it to get togethers. I make it as written other then I omit the olives. Love the dressing, it's a perfect blend of flavors."

weaver5 User ID: 2901478 64622
Reviewed May. 27, 2013

"This is the best pasta salad EVER !! My 10 yr old keeps begging me to make this. After trying a couple pasta salad recipes i had given up on finding one my family likes til i tried this one, and bingo :) I only use 1 kind of meat , either salami or pepperoni to cut down on the sodium."

mbowershome User ID: 1041424 131143
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2013

"One of the best pasta salads, ever! Have make it many times and always go home with an empty bowl."

bschuck User ID: 3529989 207081
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2012

"This recipe was a HUGE hit! Delicious and easy to prepare! I added Mozzarella cheese to mine."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 153447
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2012

"Loved this! But I do love a good pasta salad :) Left off the olives as the family isn't a fan but otherwise made as-is."

HBcook User ID: 2966570 58509
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2012

"I made this to bring to our yacht club (not an fancy place!) - really good and very easy. I doubled the recipe and only used summer sausage for the meat; I added 1 6-ounce can of sliced ripe olives (spanish might be nice too); one green and one yellow pepper; I used red onion and less sugar (Splenda). I wanted to buy Fontina cheese but our store didn't have it so I used 8 ounces reduced fat Monterey Jack."

zwiggy User ID: 4417336 80146
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2012

"I'm addict3ed to this, after making it the first time a couple of weeks ago, I have made it four times. Wonderful flavor!!"

Capella User ID: 6113213 207080
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2012

"Super easy to make the whole family enjoyed it. The dressing, even with the sugar in it, was superb."

kelcx2 User ID: 4627294 80068
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2012

"Very good just the way it is. I will make it again."

trevenna User ID: 6651003 207079
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2012

"I made this for go with brats...but I kept tasting it to make sure it had a good flavor ..all most ate the whole dish..YUM YUM"

jesskate User ID: 1411456 207078
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2012

"Tasted great I will make again, followed the recipe exactly as written, I am not fond of the pasta salad recipes that call for Italian dressing but this homemade dressing WITH the sugar is really good."

Coryskitchen User ID: 6228848 99334
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2012

"Easy recipe. Nice and light and good for all occasions. Ty, for sharing. :)"

jollynngran User ID: 4685680 131285
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2012

"Haven't tried yet, but I am looking forward to trying this week to beat the 100+ heat! I am absolutely delighted to find a recipe that does not use bottled Italian dressing. Thanks. JoL"

69bellas User ID: 2953859 207077
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2012

" LOVED the recipe exactly as is and so does everyone else who's eaten it! Thanks!!!"

jacqnbill User ID: 5922314 62629
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2012

"garytrish-I was thinking the exact same thing, you just beat me to the punch ?."

jacqnbill User ID: 5922314 131142
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2012


Hipgram35 User ID: 373126 145924
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2012

"I have been making this pasta salad for years! My family all love it and request it often. the only difference in my recipe and this one is that mine also calls for green olives and the dressing calls for garlic salt rather than regular salt and does not contain sugar. You can really adjust this recipe to fit your personal likes. It is a real keeper!"

sholsan User ID: 4944639 62623
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2012

"I have made a very similar recipe without the cheese and salami. Instead of the olives I have added cucumbers. I am looking forward to trying the addition of the cheese and salami!!"

silverfx User ID: 33781 156875
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2012

"I didn't have all the ingredients on hand; but I used what I had and it was very, very, tasty. -- Allow me to also state that once you change the original recipe to become unrecognizable -- then don't rate -- because you didn't try it! Make it as submitted "first" -- then you can comment. Swapping out most of the ingredients -- it then becomes your version of the same. If you need to comment -- be kind about it."

MY REVIEW User ID: 1538191 99333
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2012

"This is sooooo good! When I read reviews

from people like "flygirlinmy dreams," I find it annoying! Why even TRY the salad in the first place, if you are going to modify it to suit you? I realize not EVERYONE needs to like EVERYTHING, but 'know it all's' really bug me!"

MrsOrganized User ID: 5188799 148345
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2012

"This is the perfect recipe for a hot summer day. I make this salad several times each summer. We enjoy it. Thank you for submitting your recipe!!"

zirilli User ID: 5552738 58501
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2012

"I used turkey pepperoni to save calories!

Great recipe!"

fredaevans User ID: 6360805 67385
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2012

"For a minor 'change up' I'll use 'Summer Sausage and the round Terr-Okie ;>) snack strips. The 'smoked' nature of the flavor of both adds a real kick to the end product."

voodoowitch User ID: 635464 62622
Reviewed May. 25, 2012

"This is probably the one recipe I have made more times than any other. The only change I make is that I use garlic red wine vinegar. Everyone love it."

flygirlinmydreams User ID: 6183951 67383
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2011

"I could/would never add 2T of sugar to any salad dressing recipe; much to sweet. I will substitute a splash of floral red or white wine instead. Home-grown or cherry tomatoes are always best choices. Use fresh jalapeno, longitudinally-sliced and avoiding center seed core to escape "heat", is a better, more pungent choice than the more expensive, milder bell pepper. I find provolone too bland; therefore, my predominent cheese choices for almost all recipes is sharp cheddar and/or havarti dill. As far as pasta choice, shells, rigitoni, or fetticini have the desired bulk for satiation. Increase the salami, add ground pepper, and use a richly spiced olive for a satisfying punch!"

obsessedwithfood User ID: 3724663 131124
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2011

"Once I start eating this, I can't stop. The flavors blend so well together. I would not change a thing!"

hmpotter User ID: 2110101 131122
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2011

"I despise mayonnaise, so I will only eat pasta salad if it's vinaigrette-based. This is wonderful! I like to add shredded carrots for more crunch and a little sweetness. And, I usually omit the pepperoni to save a few extra calories and it's just as delicious without."

carrie carney User ID: 1551037 145922
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2010

"Very good and a nice change from just using italian salad dressing. I forgot to add the cheese and it was still delicious."

nonsox User ID: 1760272 145919
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2010

"Great pasta salad for the meat lovers! Hearty yet light without the mayo. I used olive oil instead of canola."

tpettet User ID: 1062372 153446
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2009

"My family loves this salad. When I make it just for us, we eat it for several days. It's great for taking to work for lunch. The dressing recipe doesn't seem like it will make enough for the salad, but it is plenty. I doubled it one time and it was too oily."

desgds User ID: 1062529 67365
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2009

"Wonderful! I'm always asked for this recipe."

jimmyboy User ID: 3428575 67364
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2008

"This is a wonderful side. Indoors or out, everyone loves it"

mpatterson User ID: 1506301 67363
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2008

"My family loved this salad! It made hamburgers more special for a weekday dinner."

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