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Salami Pasta Salad

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.
  • Makes
    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


  • 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.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients. Pour over pasta mixture; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 273 calories, 17g fat (5g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 817mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • Connie
    Jun 7, 2019

    I made this without olives because olives, blech. It was really good. I had to send my son the link because he loved it.

  • PageRD
    May 28, 2018

    This was a big hit at a recent cookout. It was perfectly seasoned. I left out the black olives. This salad is hearty enough that I took leftovers to work as my lunch. This recipe will be added to my go-to summer salad list.

  • Dan
    May 24, 2018

    I made a salad simular to this and thought I would look around to find a recipe. Bingo! Will try your version next, sounds delicious. Thank you for sharing!

  • smurfpam
    Aug 18, 2017

    Delish!! This is my new go to pasta recipe, thank you for sharing.

  • klabelle9
    Aug 10, 2017

    I normally never eat pasta salad, but this recipe is the one exception I've found. I'll even use this for lunch if I don't have access to a microwave.

  • joandel
    Dec 6, 2016

    My family is crazy for this one and volunteer to cut up the goodies. I've never been a huge pasta salad fan, but can't wait to make this one for summer gatherings.

  • dewflop
    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
    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
    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
    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.