Antipasto Salad, the perfect side

I have had this recipe card on my counter for a while, having gotten it from the deli when I bought some yummy salami, for Antipasto Salad. What is antipasto you may ask? Well in Italy Antipasto is the perfect and only way to begin a meal. It is an assortment of appetizers like marinated olives, mushrooms, peppers, sun-dried tomatoes or squash, cheeses, salami, and all sorts of other treats. I love to put out an antipasto platter when we have company, as there is something for everyone to snack on. This Antipasto Salad recipe is a pasta and lettuce salad dressed with all my favorite antipasto ingredients – pepperocini, artichokes, cheese, salami, zucchini, red peppers, and all topped with your favorite Italian dressing. I think any assortment of ingredients could be substituted here and I also used a large pasta, Campanele pasta (we have our own pasta named after us, cool!). You can also add more or less of stuff you really like, as it is so much more Italian to not measure at all, so eyeball the cheese and dressing to taste. So if you are looking for a rainbow for the eyes and a feast for the soul to add some zing to a summer grill night then you need to try this recipe, I got rave reviews!

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