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Pasta Salad Supremo


PASTA SALAD SUPREMO
Olive Garden Copycat Recipe

6 ounces tricolor rotini pasta, cooked according to package directions
1/2 cup diced green bell peppers
1/2 cup diced rec bell pepper
1 beefsteak tomato, diced
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped garlic
3 tablespoons oil packed sun dried tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
4 ounces Genoa salami, julienne cut
4 ounces capocolla ham, julienne cut
4 ounces pepperoni, sliced
1/4 cup sliced roasted red peppers
4 ounces Provolone cheese, diced

Vinaigrette
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons grated Romano cheese
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper

Primavera Toast
1/2 loaf Italian or French bread, sliced diagonally
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 green onion, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1/4 cup grated Parmesan and Romano cheese
paprika

Garnish
lettuce leaves
paprika
basil leaves
grated Parmesan and Romano cheeses
grape tomatoes

In a large mixing bowl, toss all the pasta salad ingredients together and refrigerate, covered until ready to use. In a small bowl, combine all the vinaigrette ingredients and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare the toast by toasting the slices of bread on only one side.

Combine the mayonnaise, green onion, and garlic, mixing well. Spread on the untoasted side of the bread and sprinkle with 1/4 cup grated cheese and paprika. Put the slices on a baking sheet and return to the oven for 6 to 8 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the topping is light brown

To serve, lay a lettuce leaf down on a chilled salad plate and mound 1 cup of the salad in the center. Drizzle with vinaigrette. Garnish with the paprika, basil leaves, grated cheese, and grape tomatoes. Put the toast on the side of the plate.

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