Southern Antipasto Salad
This is the way my Mom taught us to cook. Start out with a great recipe and make it better. If the pasta seems a little dry after sitting overnight, just whisk more mayo and salad dressing together and add to it before topping with seasoning and Parmesan cheese.

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Barbara has taken all the flavors of an antipasto platter and turned it into a delicious pasta salad. For those unfamiliar with antipasto, it’s traditionally the first course of an Italian meal. It’s a grazing tray filled with cured meat, olives, pickled vegetables, cheese, and more. This has a wonderful blend of Southern-based salads and an Italian pasta salad. Sweet and tangy, the dressing complements all the flavors in the salad. The hint of fresh basil and green onions adds a summer-like freshness to the dish. Pepperoni and olives are classic antipasto flavors and they shine bright in here. This will be a tasty addition to summer cookouts.

Note: This makes a lot of pasta salad. If you’re not serving a crowd, the recipe can easily be cut in half.


  • 2 lbtri colored rotini corkscrew pasta

  • 8 ozsliced pepperoni, quartered

  • 4green onions

  • 2 can(s)black olives, sliced (2.25 oz each)

  • 1/2 jar(s)capers (small jar, 3.5 oz)

  • 3 cmayonnaise dressing

  • 1 bottlePaul Newmans balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing

  • 2 tspdried Italian herb seasoning

  • 4 sprig(s)fresh basil, chopped

  • 8 ozSargento Italian blend shredded cheese

  • ·shredded Parmesan cheese

How to Make Southern Antipasto Salad

  1. Southern Antipasto Salad

    Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain in a colander. Rinse in cold water and drain. Place pasta in a bowl.

  2. Southern Antipasto Salad

    Whisk mayo and salad dressing together in a separate bowl. Add to pasta. Stir until coated.

  3. Southern Antipasto Salad

    Place the pepperoni, green onions, black olives, and capers in the mixing bowl.

  4. Southern Antipasto Salad

    Add chopped basil, Italian seasoning, and Italian cheese blend. Stir until blended.

  5. Southern Antipasto Salad

    Cover and store in refrigerator overnight.

  6. Southern Antipasto Salad

    Right before serving, sprinkle additional Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese on the top of the bowl.


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