This is a light and tangy pasta salad filled with crisp broccoli, juicy tomatoes, and salty strips of salami; perfect for a weeknight dinner or a summer potluck.
Broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables in a pasta salad. Those pretty little florets hold the dressing and carry so much flavor into each bite.
My preference for pasta salads leans more toward a heaping mountain of vegetables with a bit of pasta mixed into it. My kids lean closer to a pile of cheesy pasta sans the vegetables. This salad is our compromise and it’s full of flavors that we all love.
My boys adore salami and have been requesting it almost every time I’m headed to the grocery store. You can look forward to several more salami-centric recipes this summer. You can’t beat the convenience of a ready to use meat that requires no cooking in the heat of summer!
Broccoli and Salami Pasta Salad
- 12 ounces small bite-size pasta
- 2 medium size broccoli crowns trimmed into small florets, about 4-5 cups worth
- 1/4 medium red onion very thinly sliced and chopped, about ⅓ cup worth
- 1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes halved
- Optional: ½ cup sliced black olives
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 6 ounces salami thinly sliced and cut into strips
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt add more to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Cook the pasta according to the manufacturer's directions. Drain in a colander and rinse well, until cool. Combine the cooked pasta, broccoli, onion, tomatoes, and olives in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with oil and vinegar and toss well to coat. Add the salami and toss again.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper, toss again to mix thoroughly. Taste and add more salt, as needed. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. This will keep nicely in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Enjoy!
Here are a few more pasta salads you might like:
BLT Macaroni Salad by Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen
Asian Pasta Salad by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Loaded Pasta Salad by The Midnight Baker
Italian Artichoke and Tomato Pasta Salad by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Bacon Broccoli Pasta Salad by Foodie with Family
Apples and Celery Pasta Salad by Diethood
Creamy Summer Pasta Salad by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Greek Pasta Salad by FoodieCrush
7 Comments Leave a comment or review
did you cook the broccoli
Louisa @ Pressure Cooker Portal says
Just looking your pics, it is really tasty.
Carol Harris says
I was asked by one of our amazing daughters-in-law if I had a good pasta salad recipe to make and bring to our granddaughter’s 3rd birthday party…I did have a good recipe years ago but have lost track of it. I started my research and happily landed on your site. My husband, who before this recipe, said he did not like pasta salad, said it was delicious, and repeatedly said so during the day! This was my first experience with Gluten Free Pasta…I used Delallo Gluten Free Pasta Fusilli and it was perfect. The salad was so pretty, as well as a big hit taste-wise. I love that the deliciousness does not require a long list of ingredients, most of which I had on hand (including the Broccoli & Salami :-). This is a keeper…Thank you!
I’m so very happy you like the recipe, Carol!
A co-worker brought a pasta salad very similar to this one to a department potluck once and it was a big hit. I have been trying to recreate it ever since. This one is a home run with my family. Everyone loves that there aren’t too many ingredients: just broccoli, salami, onion and tomatoes. It would probably be tasty with some chunks of Monterey Jack cheese too. The dressing is no nonsense as well, except I added a little bit if basil and oregano so it tasted more like italian dressing. This one is a keeper
Oh yeah…I blanched the broccoli for about 5-6 minutes, then plunged it into an ice bath before assembling the salad.
Mary Younkin says
I’m so happy to hear that you’re enjoying the pasta, Amanda!