Awesome Summertime Salad!

This is becoming a Summer Tradition here! Last year, we started this party and here we are again repeating the success!

We all loved Giada De Laurentiis' Antipasto Salad from the FoodNetwork! It's hot and we love that this is a quick and satisfying one plate meal! It's cool and yet fulfilling. And it even tastes better the next day. :) Good thing because it made enough for another day! Helpful!

Antipasto Salad
by Giada De Laurentiis

Red Wine Vinaigrette:
1 bunch fresh basil, stemmed and leaves chopped (about 2 cups)
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Antipasto Salad:
1 pound fusilli pasta
1/2 cup hard salami, cut into strips (about 3 ounces)
1/2 cup smoked turkey, cut into strips (about 3 ounces)
1/4 cup provolone cheese, cut into strips
1/4 cup grated Asiago cheese
2 tablespoons green olives, halved and pitted
2 tablespoons roasted red peppers, cut into strips
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Vinaigrette: In a blender, add the basil, vinegar, garlic, mustard, salt and pepper. Blend until the herbs are finely chopped. With the machine running, drizzle in the olive oil until the dressing is smooth.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta.

In a large bowl, toss together the cooked pasta with the remaining salad ingredients. Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat. Serve.

We are all about simple and satisfying! And keeping it cool! We had this salad and watermelon after a great swim in the pool - the day we returned from the beach - the first day of Summer!

What's Summer looking like for you?

*This recipe is published at "Tasty Tuesday!" Enjoy!

Warmly, Carolina Mama

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