Pepperoni Pasta Salad

22 Jul
Pepperoni Pasta Salad

Pepperoni Pasta Salad

It was a pretty warmish day here yesterday, so I thought a summer salad meal was in order for dinner. I used to make this a lot when I was in college, but it’s slipped from my repertoire in the past many years and figured it was a good time to dredge it back up.  I had intentions of making home-made Italian salad dressing for this, but after all the chopping, slicing, and dicing I decided bottled dressing would do the trick just as well. I had a “light” bottle of Ken’s Steak House Italian with Basil and Romano, and I’m sure I couldn’t have done much better with what I had around in the kitchen. I have also made this salad with Kielbasa sausage, but but since we just had Smoked Sausage earlier in the week I decided to use the spicier Pepperoni.  The Pepperoni gives it a good tang so didn’t have to load it up with extra spices beyond black pepper. This makes a really large bowl of salad, and is perfect to take to potlucks and parties. No party here last night, but it made a refreshing dinner on the back porch.

Pepperoni Pasta Salad

1 box of tri-colored pasta
1 cucumber, diced
1 red or yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 large green onion, diced
1/3 large red onion, diced
1 small can of sliced black olives
4 oz. sliced Pepperoni, quartered
Cubed Colby Jack cheese
Shredded Parmesan cheese
Shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
3/4 cup Italian salad dressing
Black pepper to taste

Chopped Veggies

Chopped Veggies

Cook the pasta according to directions, and cool under running cold water. Set aside to drain while prepping the veggies. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl, adding the various cheeses, salad dressing, and black pepper to taste. Just keep mixing in until it “tastes right.” You’ll want to prepare this a few hours before eating and store in the refrigerator so that the flavors can meld. When ready to eat, serve with a side of fresh fruit and bread, and you have a simple, delicious summer meal!

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13 Responses to “Pepperoni Pasta Salad”

  1. gmarch53 April 17, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

    Looks yummy.

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  2. Food Service Warehouse May 2, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    Ditto on what gmarch53 said, this looks very yummy! Sharing with my friends!

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  3. yourperfectburn February 3, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

    Wow going to have to try this one, my wife is going to faint when she sees me eating a salad.

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  4. noelleg44 January 7, 2015 at 2:14 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I yearn for pasta salads – this one has me salivating. I am going to love your blog!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger January 7, 2015 at 7:36 pm #

      Thank you so much for your comment and follow! This is definitely one of my most popular posts. I’ll go check yours out. 🙂

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      • Jamie Boykin-Pate July 2, 2015 at 6:05 am #

        My sister called for my recipe for Pasta Salad and I wasn’t home, so I looked up one and found yours. We both made it and it was absolutely delicious. Since she, of course, was at the store when she needed this, you saved my day. Thank you!!!!

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      • anotherfoodieblogger July 6, 2015 at 6:09 pm #

        Thank you so much Jamie! So sorry for the late reply but I have been camping without internet service for 9 days. I am very glad y’all enjoyed it! 🙂

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  5. anotherfoodieblogger August 7, 2015 at 10:21 am #

    Thank you so much for the share! ❤

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