This Layered Pasta Salad is a colorful side dish for BBQ’s and potlucks. With layers of ham, eggs, salami, veggies, and cheese, it is hearty and delicious!
This Layered Pasta Salad tastes as good as it looks! It is a complementary side dish at BBQ’s and potlucks, but it really is a full and hearty meal in itself. I served this the another night at dinner with some corn on the cob, and it was very filling. Everyone loved it! I am a big fan of make ahead meals. This salad can be made a day ahead or in the morning, as long as it has several hours in the refrigerator. Here are some quick tips when making this salad. For the chopped ham and hard salami, I order thick slices at my local deli. For the one cup required I only needed 3-4 slices. The shredded green leaf lettuce should be completely dry or it will get soggy when it is refrigerated. If you don’t have time to wait for lettuce to dry, you can buy green leaf lettuce leaves in most stores in the produce section that have been pre-washed and are ready to use for sandwiches and salads. It is a little more expensive to purchase lettuce this way, but, I have found that the lettuce lasts longer than when I wash and dry it myself at home and I can use everything in the container because it is all fresh and crisp. The frozen peas can be thawed quicker by placing them in a colander and rinsing them with cold water. Be sure they have time to drain and dry as well before adding them to the salad. When layering the salad use a large spoon to evenly disperse the ingredients so they will layer evenly. And for my final tip… use a glass bowl or trifle dish. You don’t have to, but when you go to the work to make the beautiful layers – you must show it off!
This recipe makes 10 servings.