Antipasto Pasta Salad

Antipasto Pasta Salad

This is the perfect party pasta salad. It combines all the flavours of an authentic Mediterranean antipasto platter-feta cheese, artichokes, roasted red peppers, basil, olives, capers, and cherry tomatoes, and more.

Antipasto Pasta Salad

Pasta salads make great take-along meals to barbecues or potlucks since they can be prepared in advance, and maintain their texture and flavour for days.

The longer the flavours have to mingle, the better the pasta tastes-which means they make fantastic leftovers that happen to be ideal for school lunches or a healthy, light lunch to bring to work.

Antipasto Pasta Salad

Summer vacation is over. And so is our annual summer trip to Italy.

We returned home a week and a half ago, only a few days shy of back-to-school. With only four days to clean up the house, unpack the suitcases, prep meals (and my classroom), and shop for last-minute school supplies for the kids, I was a little overwhelmed-to say the least.

On top of that, we were invited to an afternoon potluck barbecue at a friend’s house the day after we got home. I won’t lie. The idea of preparing something was the last thing on my mind, considering the kitchen was upside down and I was also unbelievably exhausted after a 26-hour trip-with no sleep, might I add.

Nothing a simple pre-purchased antipasto platter couldn’t fix.

After perusing the grocery store looking for an antipasto platter, I passed by the actual antipasto buffet cart. It had just what I needed so I filled a ton of plastic tubs with olives, roasted red peppers, artichokes, and more.

A quick stop at the pasta aisle to pick up some boxes for the family, and I was inspired on the spot to transform a simple antipasto platter into this delicious and hearty antipasto pasta salad.

Antipasto Pasta Salad

The beauty of this salad is that you can personalize it to your taste bud’s desire. You can add just about any fresh ingredients you’d like-cucumbers, grilled eggplant or zucchini, pickled mushrooms, pearl onions, the list is endless.

Another plus is that it you can double or triple the recipe-bring a batch to a potluck, and store the other batch in the fridge for lunch for the family the following day. Something magical happens when the flavours have time to combine, making this antipasto pasta salad a dish you can enjoy for days.

Antipasto Pasta Salad

If you try this recipe (and love it!) be sure to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram with #bitesforfoodies so I can see your creation!

Antipasto Pasta Salad

2016-09-10
: Serves 4-6
: 5 min
: 12 min

This is the perfect party pasta salad. It combines all the flavours of an authentic Mediterranean antipasto platter-feta cheese, artichokes, roasted red peppers, basil, olives, capers, and cherry tomatoes, and more. Pasta salads make great take-along meals to barbecues or potlucks since they can be prepared in advance, and maintain their texture and flavour for …

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Ingredients
    500g farfalle pasta (or pasta of choice)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tbs. capers, drained and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tbs. basil pesto
  • 1/4 cup green or black olives, thinly sliced
  • roasted red peppers, drained and roughly chopped
  • artichokes, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
Directions

Bring water to a boil in a large pot and season with sea salt, according to taste. Cook the pasta for 1-2 minutes less than the suggested cooking time to ensure a perfect al dente texture.

In the meantime, prepare the remaining ingredients. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it, then transfer it to a large serving bowl. Add 2 tbs. of olive oil and stir to coat the pasta. Transfer to the fridge and let cool for about 10 minutes. (Skipping this step could result in the hot pasta wilting the basil and melting the feta cheese, so it’s best to let it cool.)

Antipasto Pasta Salad

Once the pasta has cooled, remove from the fridge, add the ingredients and another 2 tbs. of olive oil and stir to coat the pasta. Serve cold or at room temperature. Store in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Antipasto Pasta Salad

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