Supreme Pizza Pasta Salad

Total Time:
25 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
8 servings as a side
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped
  • 8 fresh white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 stick pepperoni, casing removed and cut into a small dice
  • 1 pound ball fresh mozzarella or fresh smoked mozzarella, diced
  • 20 leaves fresh basil, torn or thinly sliced
  • 1 pound wagon wheel pasta, cooked to al dente and cooled under cold water, then drained
  • Dressing:
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves or Italian dried seasoning
  • 1 rounded tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, eyeball it
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, eyeball it
  • Freshly ground black pepper
Directions

Combine tomatoes, onion, mushrooms, peppers, pepperoni, mozzarella, basil and pasta in a big bowl. Whisk garlic salt, oregano or Italian seasoning, tomato paste and vinegar together. Stream in extra-virgin olive oil while continuing to whisk dressing. When oil is incorporated, pour dressing over pasta salad, add a few grinds of black pepper to the bowl, then toss salad to coat evenly. Adjust your seasonings and serve salad. Leftovers make a great lunch or snack the next day!


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