This perfect for picnics Quick Easy Antipasto Salad will soon be a cherished family favorite, whether your picnic is at home or shared with your sweetie under the boughs of a weeping willow at your nearest beach. The day may be hot and dreamy but this salad with its teasing tang will have everyone up and ready for a game of Frisbee or beach volleyball. It’s the bite that counts!
But you can tone it down with the milder form of Giardiniera so little kids and those with delicate tongues will not be too alarmed. Choose your favorite cured meats and sausage or add in a new taste choice and see who notices, alternate cheeses, serve on a different green for fun, whichever way you pick, it will be perfect.
What's Giardiniera, you ask?
Giardiniera, sounds so Italian I could be in Tuscany, is...well...Giardiniera is essentially pickled vegetables in a vinegar or oil sauce. It comes in hot or mild versions and with various vegetables. Select your favorite kind for this recipe. But you don't have to call them pickled vegetables.
Antipasto Salad, of which there are many versions, fills the tummy with hearty goodness, is easy to serve on piles of good for you greens, and is so flexible you'll enjoy preparing it, saving time (it really is quick and easy) and money with it, and you're allowed to pretend you're eating in a vineyard in Italy.
Even with cooking the pasta, maybe 15 minutes for that, this recipe like most salads comes together quickly. Prepare all the ingredients ahead of time if you want to; toss it together last minute.
Antipasto Salad just screams out, Take Me to the Picnic. Well worth having a picnic just to keep this salad happy. Even if it’s in the middle of your family room floor. Be sure to fly an Italian flag and, kiss your fingers to your lips and say, Che buono, every few mouthfuls. (I think it means How delicious!)
Sorry, I’m reading Maeve Bincy’s Evening Class right now and I’m beginning to think in Italian! Maybe you’ll want to take an evening class in Italian, too, after eating our Quick Easy Antipasto Salad.
16 ounce package of pasta shells
Vegetable & Meat Medley (Vary as you wish)
32 ounces giardiniera or mixed pickled vegetables (hot or mild)
1 pound fresh broccoli
½ pound mozzarella cheese, cubed
½ pound hard salami, cubed
½ pound deli style ham, cut in chunks
½ lb. pepperoni, sliced and cut in chunks
1 large green pepper, chopped into bite sized pieces.
6 ounces ripe olives, drained
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup red wine vinegar
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup liquid from the above jar of Giardiniera
Serve over lettuce, romaine chunks, or iceberg, Take it up a notch with Provolone cheese, extra olives on the side are always nice.
Learn more about the traditions of Antipasto at Whole Foods Market.
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