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Deli-Style Pasta Salad

Pasta provides a base for this tongue-tingling make-ahead salad. It has lots of fresh and satisfying ingredients topped with a flavorful dressing. This pasta salad is terrific to serve to company or take to a potluck. — Joyce McLennan, Algonac, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 7 ounces tricolor spiral pasta
  • 6 ounces thinly sliced hard salami, julienned
  • 6 ounces provolone cheese, cubed
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small zucchini, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges


  • Cook the pasta according to package directions; rinse in cold water and drain. Place in a large bowl; add the next 9 ingredients.
  • In a jar with tight-fitting lid, combine oil, vinegar, garlic, mustard, basil, oregano, salt and pepper; shake well.
  • Pour over salad; toss to coat. Cover and chill for 8 hours or overnight. Toss before serving. Garnish with tomatoes.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 273 calories, 18g fat (6g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 536mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 11g protein.


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  • Timothy
    Dec 11, 2019

    I replaced the balsamic vinegar with lemon juice, added 1 tbsp of sugar, fresh basil and mixture of italian seasonings. It tasted spot on!

  • eldie1959
    Jun 22, 2019

    This in an excellent, filling pasta salad that I have made for family and for my Super Bowl Party. Tasty dressing and good combination of ingredients. Most people including myself come for second helpings.

  • Windchime33
    Dec 14, 2018

    This is a go-to recipe for me for parties, showers, and holidays. It's filling and serves as either a meal or side dish. My family requests it regularly. I do use different italian dressing for marinade because it's easier for me.

  • BayAreaRob
    May 31, 2018

    This is very similar to the pasta salad I have been making for years. You can change up the meats and cheeses but I find salami and provolone the best as they have so much flavor. Also, I use Kalamata olives as they have more taste than plain black olives.

  • kimspacc
    Feb 20, 2018

    Excellent dressing! It makes a great side with burgers.

  • Wild-kat
    Aug 4, 2016

    I love this salad and everything in it. I made it with smoked provolone cheese and it added additional flavor - so good! Will definitely make this again!

  • lsnielson
    Jul 22, 2016

    This is our familiy's favorite recipe. We have been making it for a long time

  • rwippel
    Jul 20, 2016

    This is one of my favorite pasta salads. I love that there's meat, cheese, and vegetables in it. It's a great combination!

  • ErinNHill
    May 10, 2016

    I think the marinade is good but next time might add 3/4 t. Of sugar to it because it was a bit tart.

  • Susan Tefre
    Aug 6, 2015

    Our family loves this pasta salad! I've been making it since it first came out years ago! It's nice because I add lots of vegetables and adapt it to the tastes of whoever I'm serving it to. I totally love the dressing and use lots of fresh herbs in the summer.