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Potluck Antipasto Pasta Salad

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Makes

18 servings

I love trying new recipes, and this one for Italian pasta salad tops all other varieties I've tried. With beans, cheese, sausage and vegetables, it's a hearty complement to any meal. —Bernadette Nelson, Arcadia, California
Potluck Antipasto Pasta Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium sweet red or green pepper, julienned
  • 2 plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced
  • 4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, julienned
  • 4 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, julienned
  • 4 ounces brick or provolone cheese, julienned
  • 4 ounces thinly sliced hard salami, julienned
  • 3 ounces thinly sliced pepperoni
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons minced chives
  • BASIL VINAIGRETTE:
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; rinse with cold water and drain. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, beans, vegetables, cheeses, meats, olives and chives.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the vinaigrette ingredients. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate. Toss before serving.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • To keep pasta from sticking together when cooking, use a large pot with plenty of water. Add a little cooking oil if desired (this also prevents boiling over).
  • A Monterey, California, businessman named David Jacks made Monterey Jack cheese popular in the late 1800s by shipping it to San Francisco and other areas of the U.S.
  • Check out 25 pasta salad recipes Grandma used to make.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 cup: 306 calories, 19g fat (5g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 426mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 12g protein.

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