Delicious and hearty Muffuletta Pasta Salad, inspired by the classic Italian sandwich.
This time of year, there is so much going on here on the homestead, that there aren’t enough hours in the day. As a matter of fact, just this morning as I write this, we had new life come to the homestead in the form of 12 newborn kits. A kit is a baby rabbit. Both of our does gave birth overnight.
There’s so much happening in fact, that I routinely find myself not coming in until sunset. By then, it’s too late to even think about making something for supper. So making a big batch of a meaty pasta salad like this and keeping it in the fridge is a lifesaver! I can come in from mowing the pasture, get cleaned up and can just sit down and enjoy dinner that is already made. Not only that, but because this is such a hearty one, my carnivores don’t complain one bit. It’s a win-win.
Muffuletta Pasta Salad
With salami, ham and pepperoni, this pasta salad is sure to satisfy even the most skeptical salad haters out there. Delicious and hearty, this is inspired by the classic Italian sandwich.
- 1 lb farfalle (bowtie) pasta - cooked according to package directions and drained
- 1/2 lb hard salami, diced into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1/2 lb ham, diced into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1/2 lb provolone cheese, diced into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1/2 c pepperoni, cut into strips
- 1/2 c sliced black olives
- 1/2 c sliced green olives
- 2 Tb capers
For the vinaigrette:
- 1 shallot, minced
- 1 clove garlic, grated or minced
- 1/4 c fresh parsley, minced
- 2 Tb fresh minced oregano
- 2 Tb fresh minced basil
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 Tb Worcestershire sauce
- 3/4 c extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 c red wine vinegar
- To begin, in a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta, diced meats and cheese, olives and capers. Stir to combine.
- In a jar with a lid, (a canning jar works great) combine all of the vinaigrette ingredients. Close the lid and shake it vigorously for a minute or two until all of the ingredients are combined and the oil & vinegar emulsify. (That's when they don't immediately begin separating.)
- Pour the dressing all over the pasta salad and stir to coat.
- Serve this immediately or chill in an airtight container and serve it later.
If you wish to use dry herbs for the dressing, cut the quantities to 1/4 the original amount. Then, make the dressing a day or two ahead of time. That will allow the dry herbs time to soften before they go into the salad.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 714Total Fat: 53gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 35gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 1900mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 30g
This data was estimated and provided by Nutritionix. Accuracy not guaranteed.
6 thoughts on “Muffuletta Pasta Salad”
This pasta salad has my husband’s name on it. It has all of his favorite things in it (mine too!)
This is a pasta salad with my husband’s name on it. It has all of his favorite things in it (mine too!)
Yum! Love the sound of that vinaigrette with the other awesome flavors!
I love this pasta salad. I made one a few years ago and it was fabulous! Sadly, the hubs isn’t a huge fan of salamis. More for me!
So much flavor in every bite! This would be perfect for Memorial Day!
Great idea to take to a summer picnic too!