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Italian Pasta Salad Supremo


Italian Pasta Salad Supremo with Primavera Toast


Ingredients

  1. PASTA SALAD
  2. 12 oz tri-color rotini pasta (or your favorite small pasta), cooked according to package directions
  3. 1 cup green pepper, medium diced
  4. 1 cup red pepper, medium diced
  5. 2 fresh roma tomatoes, seeds removed, diced
  6. 1 Tbsp fresh garlic, chopped
  7. 3 Tbsp sundried tomatoes
  8. 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  9. 1/2 lb Genoa salami, julienne cut
  10. 1/2 lb Capicola ham, julienne cut
  11. 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, medium diced
  12. 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  13. 1/4 cup Romano cheese
  14. 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  15. 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  16. Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  17. SPREAD FOR TOAST
  18. 2 cups mayonnaise
  19. 1 green onions, thin sliced
  20. 1 Tbsp fresh garlic, chopped
  21. 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese
  22. Paprika as needed
  23. MISC
  24. 1 loaf Italian bread, sliced
  25. Basil leaves
  26. Spring mix lettuce greens
  27. Grape tomatoes (as needed)

Procedures


Pre-heat oven to 350ºF.
  1. COMBINE all pasta salad ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix evenly and chill until ready to serve.
  2. COMBINE mayonnaise, green onions and garlic together in a separate bowl.
  3. TOAST Italian bread slices lightly. Turn bread over. Spread mayonnaise mixture on untoasted side. Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese and paprika.
  4. BAKE for 6-8 minutes or until lightly brown.
PLATING SUGGESTION
  1. PLACE a layer of spring mix lettuce greens on a chilled salad plate. Place a 1-cup portion of pasta salad in center of plate.
  2. DECORATE plate with grape tomatoes and toast. Garnish with basil leaves on top of salad. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

  3. SERVES 4


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