Here’s a quick, easy and family friendly Antipasto Salad recipe that is sure to be a hit at your next cookout, BBQ or potluck supper!
This month Walmart sent another grocery box to inspire me in creating a recipe. It’s hot out here, hot enough that I’m not really in the mood to cook much, so the items that caught my eye were what I’d need to create an Easy Antipasto Salad:
The Pasta Gourmet Italia shaped pasta (Planes, Trains and Automobiles) and the Wishbone Ristorante Italiano Signature Italian dressing.
Not only does the Pasta Gourmet Italia come in adorable shapes (two kinds of cars, a train engine and an airplane), but they are 100% natural ingredients, are GMO free and have no added salt. They don’t use food coloring either– the colors for the pasta are made by adding spinach and tomato. On top of all that, all the little nooks and crannies in the shapes are great for holding in lots of the sauce or dressing.
The Wishbone Ristorante Italiano Signature Italian Dressing is a restaurant style dressing is a blend of oils, vinegar, artisanal cheeses and spices for “a restaurant style experience right in your own home any day of the week”.
Both can be found at your neighborhood Walmart.
Of course an Antipasto Salad is more than pasta and dressing, so I headed off to my local Walmart to pick up the other ingredients. A can of black olives from the pickles and dressings aisle. Grape tomatoes, green pepper, red pepper and a red onion from the produce department. A block of mozzarella from the cheese cooler. Finally I stopped at the deli counter and had them cut me 1/2 lb of Cotto salami in two thick slices.
To make the recipe I chopped everything up into nice, big chunks. I like my Antipasto Salad to be rather rustic, and the pieces to be large so that I’m getting bursts of different flavors as I eat it. The salami and the cheese were cubed into roughly the same size–about 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch. Then I judged the rest of the sizes off of that–I halved the olives and quartered the tomatoes, and just chunked up the rest.
What I love about this recipe is that it is so forgiving. Sure, I’m going to give you amounts in the recipe below. . . but they are really more of guidelines, not rules. If you don’t like an ingredient simply leave it out. If you’ve got a bit more of one ingredient, go ahead and toss it in. If you don’t have quite as much (say only half a pepper in the fridge) that’s fine too, just use what you’ve got.
Once all the veggies and meat were chopped to my satisfaction, I added the pasta and the entire bottle of dressing. Then all that was left to do was to gently toss the salad together and chill for at least an hour (overnight is better!) to let the flavors meld.
This recipe makes a large bowl of pasta, suitable for a big cookout or taking along to a potluck. If you are just serving your family of 4, you will probably want to cut this down by at least a half, maybe 2/3rds. Of course, if you make too much that’s ok–with all the protein from the cheese and salami it makes a great lunch for the next day!
Easy Antipasto Salad
- 1 lb shaped Pasta Gourmet Italia Pasta
- 1 12 oz bottle Italian Dressing
- 1/2 Lb Cotto Salami
- 1/2 Lb Mozzarella
- 1 C Black Olives halved
- 1 C Grape or Cherry Tomatoes Quartered
- 1/2 Red Onion chopped
- 1 Green Pepper chopped
- 1 Red Pepper chopped
Cook pasta in salted water until tender. Drain and rinse with cold water.
Cube Salami and Mozzarella cheese.
In a large bowl combine salami, mozzarella, olives, tomatoes, onion, and peppers.
Add drained, cooled pasta to the meat/vegetable mixture.
Pour Italian dressing over all the ingredients and toss well.
Chill for at least an hour before serving to let the flavors meld.
Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.