Cold Pasta Salad
This recipe is so simple and is great for summer time served chilled on a hot day. You can leave it in the fridge for a long time and eat off of it here and there. Great food if you have kids that want an instant snack or an excuse to get out of cooking dinner.
1 bag Multi colored fusilli = corkscrew pasta = pasta twists (or whatever you call it)
1 lb cubed boiled ham (dice size)
1.5 lb cubed SWISS cheese (dice size)
1\2 lb sliced pepperoni
1 med size Yellow Bell Pepper cleaned (gutted) cut into squares
1 med size red or orange bell pepper cleaned (gutted) cut into squares
Kosher salt to taste
Olive oil and white vinegar (Try my DIY Vinegars)
Italian salad dressing (Try my DIY Italian Dressing)
Fresh basil leaves shredded (roll them up and chop with sharp kiife
1\2 cup black olives
Sliced regular or half cut cherry tomatoes
Parmesan cheese to taste
Shredded or ring sliced pepperoncini peppers
Boil the pasta per instructions and strain in colander then let rest until cool in the fridge.
Mix in all other ingredients except the dressing
I suggest letting the eater choose how much dressing they want because it’s best not to add the dressing in advance because the cheese will get squishy and the noodles soggy at the bottom of whatever sealed container that you put it in.
SWISS cheese works best because it resists moisture and won’t get nasty. It also adds a stronger flavor to the salad.