Perfect Pasta Salad

Monday, April 22, 2013

I made this for my son's birthday party and everyone fell in love with it! This will definitely be my "go to" pasta salad for any get together from now on. The dressing is what makes this dish taste so wonderful. It was even better the next day! It is definitely a keeper! Enjoy!
Perfect Pasta Salad
Ingredients:
1 (1 lb) box tri-colored pasta
1/2 cup chopped green peppers
1/2 cup chopped red peppers
1 cup fresh broccoli florets
1/2 cup shredded carrots
2 cups diced tomatoes
1cup chopped red onions
1/2 lb Colby-Monterey Jack cheese sticks, cubed
1/2 lb cubed hard salami
1/2 cup sliced black olives
Dressing
3/4 cup pompeian extra virgin olive oil
3/4 cup pompeian red wine vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Directions:
Mix the ingredients for the dressing together until combined and sugar is dissolved. Set aside.
Cook pasta according to directions on the box. Drain and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine, pasta, salami, veggies and dressing. Chill well.
Add parmesan cheese and cubed cheese before serving. This helps to prevent the cubed cheese from getting soggy.

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