Simple Salami Pasta Salad with Creamy Italian Dressing
I love pasta salad with fresh and simple ingredients, and today I paired mine with a healthy version of a creamy Italian salad dressing. I love to make homemade dressings because they are so simple, quick, and you know exactly what is in them (and what's not, like preservatives and all that stuff). To make my dressing creamy, I used just a bit of Greek yogurt! Try it with a Caesar salad as well!
- Spiral Pasta (or your choice of pasta) (250 g)
- Broccoli (1 head)
- Black Olives (Sliced) (3/4 cup)
- Sliced Salami (or pepperoni) (140 g)
- Cheese (your choice) (100 g)
- Grated Parmesan Cheese (1/4 cup)
- Red Wine Vinegar (2 tbsp)
- Salt (1/2 tsp)
- Black Pepper (1/4 tsp)
- Olive Oil (1/2 cup)
- Garlic (1 clove)
- Greek Yogurt (3 tbsp)
- Grated Parmesan Cheese (2 tbsp)
- Lemon Juice (1/2 tsp)
- Oregano (1/2 tsp)
- Fresh Basil Leaves (about 8 to 10)
Gather up all your ingredients.
First, boil up your pasta according to the package directions. You can use any kind of pasta you like. Once boiled, strain and then rinse with cold water to cool.
While the pasta is boiling, mix up your dressing. Using a food processor or blender, mix the red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, olive oil, garlic, greek yogurt, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, oregano and basil. Taste your dressing and adjust the seasonings to your liking.
Now boil or steam your broccoli. I like to put mine in a bowl with about 1/4 cup of water, and place a tightly-fitting plate on top and microwave it. Start with about 2:30 on high, check it, and it needs more to reach your desired softness, keeping going in 30 second intervals.
Slice up your salami, and the cheese into cubes.
Now add the pasta, broccoli, salami, olives, cheese, parmesan cheese into a bowl, and then mix in the dressing. Don't put in all the dressing if you prefer something lighter, but I put in the full amount and I thought it was just right.
This pasta salad is best served cold, so chill it first if you can stand not eating it immediately! I paired mine with a BLT bagel, how will you pair yours?
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