The Ultimate Pasta Salad

A perfect summer to fall transition recipe! This requires minimal effort, however results in maximum flavour. It is the perfect make ahead dish that tastes better after it sits. You can really use whatever combination of flavours suits you. These just happen to be some of my favourite.
You can just imagine the pastabilities *wink wink* this recipe has.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 people


Salad Ingredients

  • 500 grams Pasta (any shape of your choosing)
  • 1 cup Hot Cacciatore or Salami cut into pieces
  • 1 cup Bocconcini cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup Artichokes (I like the ones in oil and spices)
  • 1/2 cup Sun-dried Tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Olives chopped
  • 1 handful Fresh Basil and Parsley chopped

Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 Lemon juiced
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


Salad Assembly

  • Boil enough water to cook a whole box of pasta. As it begins to boil, add a generous portion of salt – as much as it would take to taste like ocean water.
  • Cook you pasta until al dente and drain and cool immediately. Toss in a little olive oil so it will not stick together.
  • While the pasta is cooking begin prepping your other ingredients. Cut the sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, olives and cacciatore into bite size pieces. Do the same with the bocconcini and toss everything with the cooled pasta.

Dressing Assembly

  • In a separate bowl make the dressing. Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper. Whisk until well combined and it has some thickness. Once the pasta is cooled toss with the dressing and let sit for at least an hour.
  • Serve and enjoy.
Keyword Fall Foods, Pasta, Salad

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