I make this salad for almost every large family gathering I attend. It is ALWAYS a great hit and there is seldom any left over. It is a great pasta salad which can easily be made the day before. You can vary the ingredients by using fresh broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, cucumbers, etc.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta until al dente, rinse under cold water and drain.

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  • In a large bowl, combine the pasta, black olives, tomatoes, pepperoni, green olives, green onions and ham or turkey. Before serving, add shredded mozzarella and dressing. Toss well and serve.

Nutrition Facts

518.5 calories; 18.6 g protein; 50.9 g carbohydrates; 35.7 mg cholesterol; 1438.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
06/18/2004
I have a similar recipe that is always received well. I cook the pasta add the Italian dressing then add a little McCormick Salad Supreme - about 1/4 of the bottle. I stir this up and let it sit overnight so that the flavors can meld. Then the next day I add all the other ingredients and a little more dressing if necessary. Delicious! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/30/2007
I thought it was a bit bland too and I let it sit in the Italian dressing overnight before serving it. One of my guests said it looked good no one else said anything. I wonder what could be added to "spice" it up a bit. Any suggestions? Read More
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  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 4
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Rating: 4 stars
06/18/2004
I have a similar recipe that is always received well. I cook the pasta add the Italian dressing then add a little McCormick Salad Supreme - about 1/4 of the bottle. I stir this up and let it sit overnight so that the flavors can meld. Then the next day I add all the other ingredients and a little more dressing if necessary. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/18/2004
I have a similar recipe that is always received well. I cook the pasta add the Italian dressing then add a little McCormick Salad Supreme - about 1/4 of the bottle. I stir this up and let it sit overnight so that the flavors can meld. Then the next day I add all the other ingredients and a little more dressing if necessary. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2003
This is the best pasta salad I have ever made! I made it for a party for the first time and everyone loved it. I made it the night before adding everything except the cheese so the dressing would soak into the pasta. It was wonderful!! Just tossed the cheese in before serving and add a little more dressing. I also cut chery tomatoes in half and added to the salad instead of cutting up whole tomatoes--less messy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2003
Great party or gathering salad. Broccoli and Cauliflower as add in's are a must. Also squeeze out the excess liquid from the tomatoes to keep from diluting the dressing. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/29/2007
I thought it was a bit bland too and I let it sit in the Italian dressing overnight before serving it. One of my guests said it looked good no one else said anything. I wonder what could be added to "spice" it up a bit. Any suggestions? Read More
(14)
Rating: 4 stars
07/13/2003
My husband made this pasta salad for a church potluck. Several people said it was really good. My husband said he would like it to be a little zestier than it was. We might try adding some dry Italian dressing mix next time. Instead of regular tomatoes he used two pints of grape tomatoes. We will keep this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2005
I love this salad. I have made it several times varying the vegetables each time. I have even left out the ham and cheese and it's still great! I also use the colored rotini pasta. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2005
This is a great pasta salad. I leave out the green olives because I find them overwhelming. I also use Mozzerella cubes instead of shredded just for the texture change. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2005
Very Very VERY good and so easy! My picky boyfriend loved it. I will definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
I brought this pasta salad to a family gathering and everyone loved it!! They polished it off!! My brother-in-law (who is a very picky eater) even tried it and said it was great! Read More
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