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May 6, 2015

Pizza Pasta Salad

Next best thing to a Pizza on a hot day ? This Pizza Pasta Salad which can be made ahead, and only gets better with time !

We like pizza, no we love pizza ! But, during warm weather we avoid even the best pizza and would rather have a Pizza Pasta Salad.

All the same taste, definitely not the texture though. But when it comes to food, taste always wins over texture. Of course we all love a crispy baked pizza base, but it is not as if will never have that again. This Salad is just a cooler, yes less crispy, alternative to the real thing.

Next best thing to a Pizza on a hot day ? This Pizza Pasta Salad which can be made ahead, and only gets better with time !

I am happy with Cheese, Salami or Pepperoni, and Oregano {oh, this is a must with any pizza - real or salad!} to satisfy my Pizza cravings and so is my family.

They have never complained when I make this, rather the other way around - I usually make this on their request on those real hot days.

Next best thing to a Pizza on a hot day ? This Pizza Pasta Salad which can be made ahead, and only gets better with time !

As a bonus, this Pizza Pasta Salad keeps well, chilled in the refrigerator in a sealed container and is also a salad which you can make way ahead of time,

The flavors just gets better and better. I usually throw the salad together the night before to serve as lunch or dinner the following day. This is a huge salad which makes it the perfect potluck dish, but if you need to, can be doubled or tripled easily.

A Salad, no matter which one, will never replace an awesome Pizza, but it does make a wonderful alternative, and is such a huge time saving recipe - treat your family with a somewhat different Pizza and see what they think !

As usual with a Salad, you can play around with the quantities of the ingredients or change the Cheeses and Deli Meats to something you like.

Pizza Pasta Salad

INGREDIENTS:

250g Fusilli Pasta
1 cup Baby Tomatoes, half halved
1/2 cup Gouda Cheese, cubed
1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese, cubed
1 cup Salami or Pepperoni, chopped
3 Spring Onions, sliced

Dressing:

3/4 cup Vegetable Oil
1/2 cup Red Wine Vinegar
2 t Dried Oregano
2 t Garlic Powder
1 t Salt
1/2 t Black Pepper

DIRECTIONS:

1.) Cook the Pasta as per the instructions on the packet - drain, rinse and cool.
2.) Once the Pasta has cooled completely, place in a large mixing bowl.
3.) Add the Tomatoes, both Cheeses, Salami or Pepperoni and thee Spring Onions - mix through and transfer to a serving dish.
4.) Combine all the Dressing ingredients and whisk well - drizzle over the Salad.

Best served well chilled.

Next best thing to a Pizza on a hot day ? This Pizza Pasta Salad which can be made ahead, and only gets better with time !

3 comments:

  1. Love this idea... and I like using cherry tomatoes so they don't "weep" too much if you save it a couple of days. I suppose you could serve some crispy flatbread on the side if you really want the crunch!

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  2. I hear you! The weather is getting warm here in Phoenix and the last thing I want to do is turn on the oven! This is the perfect solution, Linda!

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  3. I am a huge huge fan of pasta salad and this one looks delicious! And I second Jaime, this is perfect for hot days when I don't want to turn the oven on. I featured your post this week at #FoodieFriDIY – thank you so much for participating!

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