Perfect Summer Pasta Salad

Perfect Picnic Pasta Salad | Vanilla & Velvet

I’ve made so many pasta salads over the years, it’s hard to say which is my favorite, but if you asked me today, I’d have to vote for this awesome pasta salad (with a few of my own ingredients). It’s simple to make, as long as you are ok spending some time with a knife at a cutting board. If you need a pasta salad for a bbq or picnic, this one is guaranteed to please all (except vegetarians).

Perfect Picnic Pasta Salad
Recipe Type: Salad
Serves: 16 servings
  • 1 (16 ounce) package bowtie pasta
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 pound provolone cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 pound salami, cubed
  • 1/4 pound thinly sliced pepperoni
  • Red or yellow bell pepper, cut into small pieces
  • 1 (10 ounce) can black olives, drained
  • 1 (4 ounce) jar pimentos, drained
  • 2 handfuls of arugula
  • 1 (8 ounce) bottle Italian Zesty salad dressing
  1. 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 with cold water.
  2. In a large bowl, combine pasta with tomatoes, cheese, salami, pepperoni, peppers, olives, arugula, and pimentos. Pour in salad dressing, and toss to coat.
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