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Italian Picnic Salad


Prep: 30 min. Cook: 15 min.

1 package (16 ounces) medium pasta shells
2 jars (16 ounces each) giardiniera
1 pound fresh broccoli florets
1/2 pound cubed part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 pound hard salami, cubed
1/2 pound deli ham, cubed
2 packages (3-1/2 ounces each) sliced pepperoni, halved
1 large green pepper, cut into chunks
1 can (6 ounces) pitted ripe olives, drained
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon Taste of Home – Great Flavors Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, drain giardiniera, reserving 3/4 cup liquid. In a large bowl, combine the giardiniera, broccoli, mozzarella, salami, ham, pepperoni, green pepper and olives. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water; stir into meat mixture. 

For dressing, in a small bowl, whisk the oil, vinegar, lemon juice, Italian seasoning, pepper, salt and reserved giardiniera liquid. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 25 servings (1 cup each).