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Pizza Pasta Salad

Pizza Pasta Salad is the next best thing to a Pizza on a hot day ! The Salad can be made ahead, and only gets better with time – perfect as a potluck dish which everyone will love.

Pizza Pasta Salad

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.

Pizza Pasta Salad

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.

Pizza Pasta Salad

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.

Pizza Pasta Salad

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 !

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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

Pizza Pasta Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Pizza Pasta Salad is the next best thing to a Pizza on a hot day ! The Salad can be made ahead, and only gets better with time - perfect as a potluck dish which everyone will love.
Course: Light Dinner, Lunch, Salad
Author: Linda Nortje
Ingredients
SALAD:
  • 250 g Fusilli Pasta ( 8 oz )
  • 1 cup Baby Tomatoes half sliced in half
  • 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 reduce to 1/3 cup if you prefer less tart
  • 2 t Dried Oregano
  • 2 t Garlic Powder
  • 1 t Salt
  • 1/2 t Black Pepper freshly milled
Instructions
SALAD:
  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 the Spring Onions – mix through and transfer to a serving dish

DRESSING:
  1. Combine all the Dressing ingredients and whisk well – drizzle over the Salad - chill until ready to serve

Best served well chilled.

LINDA

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