Happy Monday! We had a great weekend at our Family Reunion. Baby “B” was the star of the show! We are a family of baby lovers and Saturday…she was the only baby! She soaked up every ounce of attention! She’s a natural!
The setting was a beautiful park located in Provo Canyon, Utah! I can’t think of anything better than sitting under the shady trees of a beautiful park, mountains all around you, a creek running behind you, and surrounded by all the loves of your life! It was blissful! If you ever get a chance to go to South Fork Park ,or the other parks surrounding that area…just do it! (There’s my official “Nike” quote of the day!) They have tubing in the Provo River, the stunning bridal veil falls, fly fishing, and every other imaginable river activity! We had no idea?! It’s on the bucket list now! (I won’t tell you what else is on the bucket list! lol)
Our family reunion’s are always packed with amazing “eats”! Everyone brings a side dish or dessert. The host provides the main dish. My daughter and I divided and conquered! She took the salad and I took dessert! There were so many goodies and it was all so yummy!
Like I mentioned, Taryn took salad. She makes a mean Frito Corn Salad! It’s a HUGE family favorite…so much so that my Sis-in-law brought one too! Now, if we had flip-flopped, and I had brought the salad, I would have brought this Antipasto Pasta Salad. It’s just one of my very favorite pasta salads. Don’t get me wrong, I love the corn salad, like…like.. everyone under the age of 24 loves Pokemon Go right now… but, this one…Mama Mia! Talk about flavor!
Look at all those amazing ingredients! This salad is over the top on the flavor scale! (You know the “flavor scale”…the one where you take a bite and you drool simultaneously! It’s not impossible and I may, or may not, have mastered it!) Pepperoni, Hard Salami, Diced Mild Peppers, Slice Black Olives, Provolone Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, Fresh Basil, Pasta and my favorite dressing…Kraft Sun Dried Tomato with a splash of Balsamic Vinegar! WOW-ZAAAA! Let’s do this!
Place a large pot, filled half way with water, on to boil! You’ll want to cook your pasta shells Al Dente (fancy word for just enough to retain a firm texture…a memo my skin did not get!) they should be semi cool and well drained. I like the small shell pasta. It just fits, size wise, with everything else in this salad. This is a salad where you want as many ingredients to hop on that fork as possible!
Next you’ll want to dice your meats and cheese. I purchase my Salami, Pepperoni, and Provolone from the deli and ask them to slice it on a 2 or 3. This way you’ll have nice chunks of meat and not flimsy little slices that stick together. Once you have it all chopped just throw it in a large bowl. This is a one bowl salad! Hooray!
I use Roma tomato’s for this salad and I seed them. I just love the flavor and ease of using Roma Tomatoes. I love how easy they are to seed so that you don’t end up with a water tomato seed salad! (Not a huge fan of tomato water!) After you have your tomatoes all seeded you can dice them into small cubes. Dice your mild peppers making sure to remove the seeds. Dump that in your bowl. (Dump? There’s a delicate cooking term!) Now add your can of sliced olives, chopped basil, and fresh Parmesan Cheese.
Your bowl should be looking pretty colorful by now! Time to add in your drained pasta, salad dressing, and balsamic vinegar. Mix it all together and chill for several hours! When ready to serve you may want to add a little more dressing. The Al Dente Pasta will soak up a lot of that dressing, so don’t be afraid to give it another hit right before serving.
Such a beautiful salad! I really love taking this salad to pot lucks or family picnics. It makes a big bowl full! It’s great at a BBQ. It’s perfect to keep in the refrigerator and have for lunch or a “midnight snack”! It’s just so nummy! (Can you tell I’m a tad obsessed with this salad!) If you really want to make this salad even more show stopping, and money isn’t an object, add in a 1/2 cup of diced Asiago Cheese! Holly Molly! (I may be licking my lips right now?)
It really is a meal! It’s packed with meat, cheese, veggies, pasta and then that amazing dressing! So good! If you love Antipasto Salads you need to give this one a try! The printable is right below so you can add it to your collection.
Thanks for stopping by…we are going to have a FANTASTIC week here at the Nest! Be sure to check back to for more amazing ideas to make your Nest Happy and Delicious!