Chef John's Antipasto Pasta Salad
An antipasto is a cold platter of meat, cheese, and vegetables which is served at the start of a meal before the pasta and other courses, but to save some time, I thought we'd add the pasta right into the antipasto to turn into a complete meal all by itself. You could serve this as a side dish, but with a hunk of crusty bread and a glass of wine, I'm not sure what else you'd need. Top with more parsley before serving.
You can use balsamic vinegar for something on the sweeter side, or a combination of both red wine vinegar and balsamic.
You can add a pinch of cayenne to your dressing if you like. You can also use any green chile pepper you like for this salad, as well as any other Italian meats and cheeses you prefer.
Make sure you don't add any meats or cheeses to the still-warm pasta; allow it to cool to room temperature.