ANTIPASTO SALAD

I don’t know about you, but especially in the summer, I like quick, easy and fresh meals! The less time I spend in the kitchen, the more time I can spend outside and in the pool! Tasty Tuesdays have been on the back burner this summer, so it was time for one of my new, favorite recipes!
This delicious antipasto salad was adapted from one of my favorite chefs: Giada De Laurentiis! One of the best Italian chefs in my mind. The dressing with the fresh basil makes this extra delicious! Prep time in only 20 minutes! I love that. It calls for strips of  meat and I wanted them a little chunky so my deli counter gal cut the salami and turkey in the perfect hunks for me to cut into strips. 



What you'll need

Antipasto Salad
INGREDIENTS 
1/2 pound fusilli pasta
1/2 pound whole wheat rotini pasta
1 bunch, fresh basil, stems removed and leaves chopped
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon minced garlic
One1 teaspoon brown mustard
1 teaspoon black pepper, divided
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 pound hard salami, cut into strips
1/2 pound smoked turkey, cut into strips
6 ounces provolone cheese, cut in strips
1/4 cup shredded asiago cheese or Italian cheese blend
2/3 cup drained roasted red peppers, cut into strips

DIRECTIONS
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil add pasta and cook according to directions, probably about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain in a colander. To make the dressing, process the basil, vinegar, garlic, mustard, half teaspoon of black pepper and a half teaspoon of salt in a blender until the basil is finally chopped. Gradually add the oil in a slow steady stream while blending until smooth. In a large bowl, toss together the salami, turkey, cheeses, red bell pepper strips and the cooked pasta. Sprinkle in the remaining black pepper and salt. Drizzle with the dressing and toss to coat. This makes about 6-8 generous servings.

34 comments:

  1. I haven't had antipasto salad in so long and this looks so good! It really is a great side dish, especially for a cookout! Thanks for sharing, Andrea! Happy Monday!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  2. This is a perfect hot weather meal. I should make a big batch and take it to work for lunches!

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  3. This looks absolutely delish! Have the best Monday beautiful!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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  4. Yum! This looks delicious! I need salad ideas for lunches and this one is perfect!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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  5. That is one of my favorite pasta salads!

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  6. My mom makes antipasto salad for almost every family gathering so I'll have to share this recipe with her! Once of my favorite side dishes!!

    Rosy Outlook

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  7. YUM! This is perfect to beat the heat. You’re the best chef around, great recipe my dear!

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  8. It's not lunch time yet but I am craving one of this! Those chunks of salami and turkey are perfect and I can't help but salivate! Mmmm...I hope you had a great weekend and happy Monday Andrea!

    Maureen | www.littlemisscasual.com

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  9. This looks like a perfect summer meal. I bet the dressing is amazing! Your family is so lucky to have such a great chef on hand!

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  10. Andrea...what a wonderful meal!! I'll have to save this and make especially when we are in AZ!!
    XOXO
    Jodie

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  11. This salad looks so good and one that our family would love. I can't wait to make this for our next BBQ get together!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and I hope you like the drink! It's so good.
    Have a great day.

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  12. This sounds delicious! I love a good pasta salad!

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  13. YUM!! I have been loving pasta salad this summer - I need to try this one! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  14. YUM! Of course I'm doing low carb today and tomorrow again. Getting back on track!!!
    XOXO

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  15. This looks delicious! I love pasta salads, so good!

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  16. Oh man, this looks good! You know I love a cold pasta salad and I'll pretty much eat anything with salami! It's one of my favorite meats!

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  17. Oops, pressed send before I was done. Lol. Anyway, I pinned this! It looks soo great!

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  18. Oh yum! This sounds really good. I made a Hungry Girl pasta salad over the weekend that is so good too!

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  19. This is the perfect summer recipe for any party! You'd better believe I'm adding this to our repertoire!

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  20. This looks so tasty! I love anything with fresh basil in it! I love a light, cold option for a hot summer night! Thanks for sharing this!

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  21. YUM! We eat a lot of pasta salad this time of year, it just compliments grill food so much. Love that you added meat to yours <3

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  22. This looks sooo delicious! You are just one little cute Betty Crocker. You always post a great recipe.
    Lisa

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  23. Yes! I love sticking to simple and easy things to make all summer long. I hate using the oven or stove because it's just too darn hot. This pasta looks SO yummy right now!

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  24. That is one of my favorite salads ever! I am dieting and this salad could easily be altered to fit into what I'm eating right now! Yummy!
    Peace!
    Cheryl

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  25. I love this- a classic! And your recipe looks so good, I want to make it every week and have it on hand until the end of summer!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  26. Give me pasta any time & day of the week!!!

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  27. OH this is on my meal list this week! Such a great summer dinner!

    http://www.ruthyannie.com

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  28. This looks so tasty! I'm all about quick and easy in the summer, too. Giada is also one of my favorites!

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  29. OMG, yum! Pasta salad is one of my favorite things EVER!

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  30. Oh delish! I haven't had an Anti-pasto salad looking this amazing in years! Pinning for future party dishes.

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  31. This looks so delish dear!
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  32. Looks delish and mouth watering!!

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