This Italian-style composed pasta salad makes a beautiful party platter.
1/2 pound rotelle pasta*
1 cup (8 ounces) Italian salad dressing
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 cup pitted ripe olives
1/2 cup roasted red pepper, cut into strips
3 medium tomatoes, sliced
3 hard-cooked eggs, sliced
1 cup artichoke hearts, halved
1/4 pound thinly sliced salami or pepperoni
1/4 pound provolone or mozzarella cheese, cut into strips
Lettuce, as needed
- Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water until completely cool.
- In large bowl, combine 2/3 cup of Italian salad dressing, mushrooms, olives and red pepper. Add macaroni and toss well.
- On large lettuce-lined platter, arrange macaroni mixture, tomatoes, eggs, artichokes, salami and cheese; chill.
- Just before serving, drizzle with remaining dressing.
Makes 6 servings.
*Substitution: Use 1/2 pound ziti pasta or medium shell macaroni.
Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of The Association For Dressings and Sauces.