This delicious pasta salad is always a big hit at parties and it's so easy to make. Everyone is always asking me for the recipe. Try it for yourself with the pasta of your choice.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold running water until cool.

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  • Mix together: red peppers, olives, onion, garlic, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and salami.

  • Combine in large bowl, pasta and vegetable mixture. Pour in olive oil, balsamic vinegar and black pepper. Mix well together.

Nutrition Facts

847 calories; 50.3 g total fat; 67 mg cholesterol; 1912 mg sodium. 67.9 g carbohydrates; 34.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
06/30/2004
This is very good. The only thing that prevented me from giving it 5 stars was that I added to the basic recipe. My suggestions: add something green to the mix I added broccoli flowerets I also found the dressing a bit plain so I added more garlic a few dashes of Tabasco sauce basil and pepper. Last note this makes way more than 6 servings. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
04/16/2008
No one in my family cared for this. It made a lot. Besides the taste it had an unappetizing brownish color due to the balsamic vinegar. Read More
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93 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 54
  • 4 star values: 26
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
06/30/2004
This is very good. The only thing that prevented me from giving it 5 stars was that I added to the basic recipe. My suggestions: add something green to the mix I added broccoli flowerets I also found the dressing a bit plain so I added more garlic a few dashes of Tabasco sauce basil and pepper. Last note this makes way more than 6 servings. Read More
(102)
Rating: 4 stars
06/30/2004
This is very good. The only thing that prevented me from giving it 5 stars was that I added to the basic recipe. My suggestions: add something green to the mix I added broccoli flowerets I also found the dressing a bit plain so I added more garlic a few dashes of Tabasco sauce basil and pepper. Last note this makes way more than 6 servings. Read More
(102)
Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2006
This is one of the best pasta salads I have ever had. I use turkey pepperoni instead of the salami to cut back on a few calories. I use an Italian seasoning packet mixed with olive oil for more flavor. I also use fresh basil. Terrific recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/14/2005
This is a great recipe! I made a few changes by adding a can of quartered artichoke hearts some steamed broccoli using pepperoni instead of the salami a bottled vingarette because I'm lazy and a generous sprinkling of Italian seasoning. It was a big hit at my family barbeque this weekend. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2005
This is a great basic recipe - you can really make some creative modifications and it will still taste great - much better than using bottled dressing in my opinion. I left out the onion and red peppers and added some fresh basil oregano & parsley along with some brocoli florets - and it was great. I did decrease the olive oil by nearly 1/4 cup on the advice of others and I'm glad I did. Also I would wait to put the cheese in until an hour or so before serving so it doesn't get slimy. Very easy to make and definitely will make again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/07/2003
This was really delicious and a big hit at my party. However next time I would try a little less olive oil. Even though it said 6 servings it seemed to make way more than that and would easily accommodate a party of 10-12 at least. I will definately make this again!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2009
I liked this alot. I made it just like the recipe calls for. I can't stand on here when people change the ingredients and then give it a lower rating. I will make this again and again. Thanks Kathy Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2004
I made this for my sister's baby shower and it was a big hit. Many people asked me for the recipe. We made it all the night before except added the cheese chunks in the morning so they wouldn't get slimy. It was a winner! Read More
(25)
Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2005
Very good. Just a couple notes: 1. this makes a TON of salad. So consider yourself warned! 2. It's a very heavy salad so I freshened it up with lots of (nearly) raw broccoli. It made it for me. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2004
A great recipe for vinegar lovers! I added some basil at the end - thought it needed just a little something more. I'm keeping this on hand and definitely making it again. Thanks Kathy! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/16/2008
No one in my family cared for this. It made a lot. Besides the taste it had an unappetizing brownish color due to the balsamic vinegar. Read More
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