Sandwich in a Bowl!
I am so excited! In honor of Sandwich week, which is starting soon, I decided to create a “sandwich salad” in a bowl, minus the bread of course.
My Italian Sandwich Pasta Salad is delicious!
I basically took everything I love about sandwiches and added it to this pasta salad.
I started off this salad with Genoa salami, and black forest ham, because they’re my favorite deli meats, then I added, diced celery, bell pepper, cucumber, and red onion to provide the crunch, lastly, don’t forget the pepper jack and sharp cheddar cheese.
I tossed my veggies in the homemade Italian Vinaigrette, which consist of rice wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, plenty of spices and extra virgin olive oil.
Next, I added the deli meats, I just sliced and diced the deli meats.
Finally, toss in the cooked macaroni and cheeses, mix well, and chill. It’s that simple and taste so good.
I prefer to prepare this at least 24 hours before serving to allow the flavors to blend together.
I couldn’t wait, the 24 hour chill time, so it’s time to EAT!
Italian Pasta Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup of rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 lb. elbow macaroni
1 bell pepper, diced
1 small red onion, diced
1 cucumber, seeded, unpeeled if organic, peel if non organic, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1/2 lb. Genoa salami, diced
1/2 lb. black forest ham, diced
1 cup diced pepper jack cheese, diced 1/2 inch chunks
1 cup diced sharp cheddar cheese, diced 1/2 inch chunks
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon creole seasoning
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
pinch of crushed red pepper
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain, rinse in cold water, drain again, lightly coat in a little olive oil to prevent sticking.
To prepare pasta, mix rice wine vinegar and apple cider vinegar into a bowl, add all spices and mix well. Drizzle in olive oil, while whisking.
Place all salad ingredients into the bowl with the vinaigrette and toss well. Chill until ready to serve. Enjoy!