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Easy Salami Pasta Salad

Popular any time of the year, this crowd-pleasing pasta salad is perfect for summer picnics. Made the day before, it has a pleasant vinaigrette dressing sparked with herbs. I set aside the Parmesan cheese and add it just before the salad is served. -Marion Lowery, Medford, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + marinating
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 8 ounces hard salami, cubed
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  • In a large saucepan, cook pasta according to package directions; rinse in cold water and drain. Transfer to a large bowl; add salami, parsley and onions.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the oil, vinegar and seasonings. Drizzle over pasta mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Just before serving, stir in cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 349 calories, 24g fat (6g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 945mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 13g protein.

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  • Dawn
    Nov 2, 2020

    I'd prepared this salad on 10/24/2020. I used LESS salami-it was pre-sliced and I chopped it; (4-oz. of salami) 1/2 RED onion, sliced. Parsley was omitted. The dressing was kept as is, using RED WINE VINEGAR and tube pasta used. Used shredded Italian cheese blend, shredded. This salad is a winner! I LOVED IT!

  • justmbeth
    Aug 15, 2015

    Wonderful light salad. Dressing completely absorbed after refrigeration. Family loved it.

  • ValerieMS
    Jun 4, 2013

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  • heysister
    Jun 24, 2012

    My husband likes his pasta salad without all the extra veggies and he loved this one. Just made it for a second time tonight and looking forward to having it for dinner too night

  • mauishores
    May 22, 2010

    My family loves this salad and I'm always asked to share the recipe. It makes a nice light lunch to bring to work too.

  • KScales
    May 11, 2010

    The correct amount of vinegar is 1/4 cup, as now stated in the recipe here. We apologize for any confusion.Taste of Home Test Kitchen

  • smeloche63
    Jun 2, 2009

    As a change from the regular pasta salad, this one is really good! I get asked to make this often! It's a keeper!

  • Chickadee4242
    May 7, 2009

    One thing the original recipe in the taste of home cookbook 2001 it calls for 1/4 cup vinegar. 1/2 would be too much.

  • Chickadee4242
    May 7, 2009

    This is delicious! Everyone compliments me on this dish when I make it and I make it often for family and friend get togethers.