Protein Packed Pasta Salad is a great high protein food, delicious and good for you.
It is so cold and snowy here in WV that I could eat a warm bowl of homemade soup every day. For the past 2 weeks my husband has been asking me to make a pasta salad. I usually fixed this in the summer or when I need to take something to a covered dish event to feed a large crowd. My original recipe serves about 10 people.
To please my husband, I made this for my downsized recipe this week.
I call this dish Protein Packed Pasta Salad because of the different meats and cheeses in it. It is a colorful dish and makes a great side.
I like to buy the meats and cheeses from the deli so that I can get thick pieces and cut them into cubes.
HOW TO MAKE THIS PASTA SALAD:
Boil the pasta, drain and set aside to cool. Place in serving bowl.
Cut the peppers into small pieces and add to pasta.
Cut the ham, salami, and cheeses into 1/2-inch cubes and add to pasta.
Cut tomatoes in half and add to bowl.
Add the dressing slowly, tossing to coat all ingredients.
Cover and chill at least 4 hours.
Gently toss salad prior to serving, drizzle additional dressing if needed.