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Hero Pasta Salad

Hide this salad until serving time, or you might be surprised to find it gone! Try adding kalamata olives, peppers or yellow tomatoes. Be creative. —Angela Leinenbach, Mechanicsville, Virginia

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • SALAD:
  • 2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup sliced pepperoncini
  • 4 ounces cubed provolone cheese
  • 2 ounces thinly sliced deli ham, cut into strips (2/3 cup)
  • 2 ounces thinly sliced hard salami, cut into strips (2/3 cup)
  • 5 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 large tomato, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

Directions

  • In a small bowl, whisk the first five ingredients until blended. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta; rinse with cold water.
  • In a large bowl, combine onion, pepperoncini, cheese, meats and pasta. Just before serving, add lettuce and tomatoes. Drizzle with dressing; toss to coat.
Nutrition Facts
2-1/2 cups: 313 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 553mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 14g protein.

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