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Orecchiette Salad with Salami Chips Recipe

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Ingredients

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6 oz Salami I used Uncured Genoa and Uncured Sopressata
14 oz or 400 gr Orecchiette Pasta
1/2 Red Onion
1 Cucumber
3 sticks Celery
1/2 jar or 12 Kalamata Olives
10 Sun Dried Tomatoes
3 oz Parmesan Cheese
2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
to taste Fresh Parsley
to taste Salt
to taste Pepper

Orecchiette Salad with Salami Chips Recipe

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Traditional pasta salad gets a new life with these salami chips. Super-fast and amazingly delicious Orecchiette Salad is full of color and flavor. It is such a versatile side dish or easily can be a star of the table for a weeknight dinner.

  • 20
  • Serves 4
  • Medium

Ingredients

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If you ever felt like you are out of new dinner ideas,- this easy Orecchiette Salad with Crispy Salami Chips recipe is a life savior!

Traditional pasta salad gets a new life with these salami chips. Super-fast and amazingly delicious Orecchiette Salad recipe is full of color and flavor. It is such a versatile side dish or easily can be a star of the table for a weeknight dinner.

It was a Wednesday wine night in our house, and I had absolutely no idea what to cook. I had a dragging day at work and an energy level close to 0, but tradition is set in stone – we needed a light and exciting dinner to go with a nice, chilled bottle of crispy Pinot Grigio. And there I was, looking in my pantry hoping for a miracle to happen.

I looked at my pasta container and saw a bag of orecchiette, little pasta petals. It was one of those moments when a light bulb brightens up above your head: I thought why not put all of my Italian-themed ingredients together to make a pasta salad! Sometimes we all should trust our inner instincts in the kitchen, this is how this orecchiette salad recipe was born!

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Directions

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Start with baking salami chips. Set oven on 350F, lay salami slices on a baking tray covered with parchment or baking paper, and place on the middle rack. We will keep them baking while preparing the rest of the salad.

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Add orecchiette pasta to boiling water and add a pinch of salt. Cook till Al-Dente or simply 2 minutes less than cooking directions!

Cut cucumber seeds out like on a picture below and chop to nice ¼ inch cubes. Add to a large mixing bowl.

Chop celery sticks into small cubes, Kalamata olives in half, and add to your bowl.

Slice sun-dried tomatoes and half of the red onion into thin strings. Add to a mixing bowl.

Drain orecchiette pasta and prepare the sauce:

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THE SAUCE

Mix 2 tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar with 5 tablespoons of Sun-Dried Tomato oil OR Olive oil. Add a little bit of pepper and salt and dry roasted onion/dry hers of your choice. Mix well.

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Pour sauce over drained pasta and mix well to make sure it is evenly coated.

Add pasta to mixing bowl with chopped vegetables, mix.

Grate 3 oz of parmesan cheese and chop some parsley and add to your salad.

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Last but not least: take your salami chips out of the oven and dry excess fat with a paper towel. Add to our salad, mix and … SERVE!

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