Rainbow Antipasto Pasta Salad

This Rainbow Antipasto Pasta Salad is the perfect way to use up leftover antipasto ingredients! Plus, it's easy to make, tossed with a zesty Italian herb vinaigrette, and absolutely delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

This recipe is sponsored by McCormick.

I don’t know about you, but whenever I create an antipasto platter for a gathering, I tend to get a weeee bit overzealous with my spread of ingredients.  I want to include so many cheeses!  So many olives!  So many peppers!  So many meats!

Which always means that afterwards, I’m left with…

…so many leftovers.

(Please tell me I’m not the only one with this delicious problem…!)

Well, for any of you other antipasto-lovers who might be looking for a way to make good use of leftover ingredients, today I have the perfect recipe to share with you.  It’s this colorful antipasto pasta salad  Or as a clever reader on Facebook suggested I call it, antipasta salad.  (<– So punny!)

It’s incredibly quick and easy to make, since I’m guessing most of those antipasto ingredients you have are already in bite-sized pieces.  It’s incredibly flavorful, with the perfect mixture of sweet and savory and spicy ingredients added to the pasta, plus a simple Italian herb vinaigrette.  It’s incredibly customizable, so feel free to substitute in any of your favorite antipasto ingredients that you have on hand.  And I must say that I’m especially excited about the fact that it’s incredibly colorful, and will definitely steal the show if you bring it along to a potluck, or just pop it right in the middle of your dinner table at home.

So grab your rainbow of ingredients, and let’s make some.


This Rainbow Antipasto Pasta Salad is the perfect way to use up leftover antipasto ingredients! Plus, it's easy to make, tossed with a zesty Italian herb vinaigrette, and absolutely delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

Simply cook up a batch of your favorite pasta (I went with some tri-color rotini), then rinse it quickly in some cold water to stop the cooking process.

This Rainbow Antipasto Pasta Salad is the perfect way to use up leftover antipasto ingredients! Plus, it's easy to make, tossed with a zesty Italian herb vinaigrette, and absolutely delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

Then while the pasta is cooking, go ahead and chop up whatever antipasto ingredients that you might have on hand.  (I used salami, diced cheese, cherry tomatoes, olives, artichoke hearts, pepperoncini, roasted red peppers, then I also added some leftover kale and red onion to the mix.)

Add everything together in a bowl with your cooked pasta.

This Rainbow Antipasto Pasta Salad is the perfect way to use up leftover antipasto ingredients! Plus, it's easy to make, tossed with a zesty Italian herb vinaigrette, and absolutely delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

And then drizzle on a simple Italian herb red wine vinaigrette.  I made mine with this adorable new little Italian Blend Herb Grinder from McCormick, which I’m obsessed with because you all know how often I use Italian seasoning and this makes it all the more fun getting to grind it myself.  (They also have Basil, Oregano, and Parsley herb grinders available now — check ’em out!)  Then I mixed the Italian seasoning with some extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper and a little bit of garlic powder to make a quick vinaigrette, and then drizzled it all over the pasta salad.

(Actually — pro tip here — to soften the kale, I actually added the kale and a few tablespoons of the vinaigrette to the kale first.  Then I massaged it with my hands for a minute, which makes the kale nice and dark green and soft and delish.  Then I added the other ingredients.)

This Rainbow Antipasto Pasta Salad is the perfect way to use up leftover antipasto ingredients! Plus, it's easy to make, tossed with a zesty Italian herb vinaigrette, and absolutely delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

Then I gave everything a good toss.

This Rainbow Antipasto Pasta Salad is the perfect way to use up leftover antipasto ingredients! Plus, it's easy to make, tossed with a zesty Italian herb vinaigrette, and absolutely delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

And voila!  This beautiful rainbow of deliciousness was ready to serve.

This Rainbow Antipasto Pasta Salad is the perfect way to use up leftover antipasto ingredients! Plus, it's easy to make, tossed with a zesty Italian herb vinaigrette, and absolutely delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

I absolutely loved it.  And all of the antipasto flavors naturally tied together perfectly, especially when tied together with that simple vinaigrette.  All the more incentive to make more antipasto platters when they can be followed up by an equally delicious antipasto pasta salad like this one.

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Rainbow Antipasto Pasta Salad

This Rainbow Antipasto Pasta Salad is the perfect way to use up leftover antipasto ingredients! Plus, it’s easy to make, tossed with a zesty Italian herb vinaigrette, and absolutely delicious!

Ingredients:

Rainbow Antipasto Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 pound dry pasta (I used tri-color rotini)
  • 4-6 cups chopped antipasto ingredients (I used diced salami, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, olives, artichoke hearts, pepperoncini, roasted red peppers.  See below for more ideas.*)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh kale, massaged**
  • quarter of a small red onion, peeled and thinly-sliced
  • 1 batch Italian Herb Vinaigrette (see below)

Italian Herb Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red-wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick Italian Blend Herb Grinder Italian seasoning, or homemade
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:

To Make The Antipasto Pasta Salad:

  1. Cook the pasta in a large stockpot of generously-salted water al dente according to package directions.  Drain pasta and rinse under cold water for about 20-30 seconds until no longer hot.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta, antipasto ingredients, kale, and onion.  Drizzle the Italian Herb Vinaigrette on top, then toss to combine.  Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

To Make The Italian Herb Vinaigrette:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together until combined.

*To soften the kale, I placed it in the mixing bowl first, along with 2 tablespoons of the vinaigrette, and then used my hands to massage the vinaigrette into the kale for about 1 minute.  This makes it considerably softer, and will turn the kale a nice dark green color.

**The sky’s the limit for other antipasto ideas, but in general, I recommend using any combination of:

  • diced cheeses
  • Italian meats
  • olives
  • grilled, roasted, or marinated veggies
  • toasted nuts
  • diced cantaloupe, grapes, or figs (only if you like fruit mixed in)
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This Rainbow Antipasto Pasta Salad is the perfect way to use up leftover antipasto ingredients! Plus, it's easy to make, tossed with a zesty Italian herb vinaigrette, and absolutely delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

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35 comments on “Rainbow Antipasto Pasta Salad”

  1. Sure wish I was there to taste test – looks fabulous and yummy.

  2. Yum! Looks so colorful! I love pasta salads, especially with olives, and this one looks delicious!

  3. Oh My!  This looks delish and right on time for the summer cookouts!  

  4. This looks so colorful & gorgeous! I just want to eat it all. Your pictures are stunning!

  5. UM!! YES!! This looks so good!! It’s so pretty and colorful!! I’m definitely making this pasta salad this week!!

  6. This looks sensational! Love all the colors. Can’t wait to try this!

    Jen

  7. This is so gorgeous; just full of flavour and healthy stuff.

  8. That is a stunning and delicious looking salad! 

  9. Such amazing colors in one dish!

  10. LOVE THIS! Thanks Ali for sharing.

    Salads have become my best friends by far in the last few months and I can already notice the difference in my body and in my health. Much more active, sleep better! I recommend the Barilla Restaurant´s recipes as a guide in addition to this amazing blow.
    Very good recipes, easy to make and get you out of trouble when not knowing what to cook http://www.barillarestaurants.com/menu/Insalate

  11. I apologize if this has already been answered, but what is the best way to store this/how long does it keep? It looks amazing, but I’m only cooking for myself and want to make it last as long as it can!

    • Hi Lisa! This will keep just fine in the fridge — it holds up well, and should be good for 5 days to a week. We hope you enjoy!

  12. I don’t know the taste, but it’s look is just amazing. My kids will definitely fall in love with this meal. I will gonna try it tonight. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Besides, it doesn’t require too much skills and the kitchen won’t be in such a mess after preparing it :)

  13. I’m thinking I would like to mix all the ingredients and dressing, and instead of mixing with the pasta, just spoon it over a bed of romaine lettuce! Such wonderful ingredients! I love following you!

    • Thanks for your sweet words D — we hope you enjoy this! And the dressing is our favorite part! :)

  14. Loved this! It had all of my favorites and more. I added raw red and yellow peppers, and I LOVED the kale addition. Saved this to my recipe book and will be making again! It was a hit at our bbq!

  15. Just wanted to let you know…I took this dish to a big football party for the start of the season and wow was it a hit! All of the adults and kids loved it. I thought I would have some leftovers, but it was all gone by the time we left!! Thanks for the awesome recipe! (Used sliced pepperoncinis, hard salami, cubed mozzarella, roasted red bell peppers, marinated artichoke hearts and black olives)

  16. This antipasto recipe is TO DIE FOR! I used the recommended diced salami, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, olives, red onion, artichoke hearts, pepperoncini, and roasted red peppers. For the mozzarella I used mozz stick cheese instead of the balls, which are way too mushy for this salad since it will be tossed around over 3-5 days. I followed this recipe exactly except I DID NOT add kale because saturated greens are not tasty to me. I just can’t describe how YUMMY this salad is and the beautiful colors make quite an impression! I made this on a Thurs for our kids coming over the weekend. It was eaten by Saturday and I had to make another before they left on Sunday, and by Sunday the second batch was done!
    Don’t delay….make this delicious salad today!
    P.S. It took me an hour to make this salad so I’m assuming I am very slow in the kitchen.

    Rating: 5
  17. I made this, it’s DELISH , as you mentioned, you can leave or add whatever, that’s what makes it sooo good. The dressing is the key,I did add a couple minced garlic cloves. The McCormick Italian spices add the perfect taste. Thank you for this, a great summer salad !!

    Rating: 5
  18. Delicious. I made this for my daughter’s birthday party(for the adults) and it was a hit. Thank you for sharing this.

    Rating: 5
  19. Made the pasta salad for work one night. We all loved it! Wasn’t too vinegary. I added all the ingredients suggested in the recipe, which was delicious. Will be making again, I’m sure!

    Rating: 5