In my early childhood, Memorial Day always meant a big cookout at Lake Erie. My mom’s extended family would gather at my great aunt and uncles cabin on the lake for great food and fun–and a bit of mischief. I remember trying to catch frogs, hikes through the woods, and playing for hours on the playground.
But most of all, I remember the food. My Papa’s Baked Beans, my Auntie Catherine’s brownies, potato salad (and it didn’t matter who made it, because we all used the same recipe) and my mom’s pasta salad. Still till this day, I crave all those foods–and it is really hard for me to have a cookout without ALL of these traditional foods to my family. However, my mom and I have tweaked her pasta salad. Her old recipe was just peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, and Italian dressing tossed with rotini noodles–good but simple. Today, we make Antipasto Pasta Salad with olives, roasted red peppers, grape tomatoes, sweet onions, a red wine vinaigrette made with capers. This salad packs a lot of flavor! It is like an anitipasto tray tossed with noodles. Hence the name, Antipasto Pasta Salad.
And while sometimes, you don’t mess with a classic recipe, this is one recipe that has improved with these tweaks–and I am pretty sure you AND my extended family that gathered around the lake would agree.
- 16 ounces rotini noodles (I used High Protein Organic White Wheat Noodles)
- 8 ounces grape tomatoes, halved
- ¼ cup sliced Spanish olives
- ¼ cup Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
- ½ cup diced jarred roasted red peppers
- 1 small vidalia onion or red onion, finely minced
- 6 ounces Hard Salami, diced--I used nitrate free
- ¼ cup minced parsley
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons capers
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Cook the pasta according to directions.
- Make the vinaigrette by blending the olive oil, vinegar, capers, salt, garlic, and oregano together until well blended. Pour the vinaigrette over the drained noodles and toss.
- Add in the tomatoes, olives, peppers and parsley and toss.
- Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight before serving.
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