Deli pasta salad

Ready in 20 - 30 minutes


Serves 4
Simple storecupboard pasta salad with sunny Mediterranean flavours

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal426
  • fat12g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs64g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre6g
  • protein19g
  • salt1.68g
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  • 300g farfalle (pasta bows)
  • 200g frozen peas
  • 1 large tomato



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 10 sundried tomatoes in oil
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
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  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove
  • large handful fresh basil leaves
  • 85g pack prosciutto or salami



    Prosciutto is sweet, delicate ham intended to be eaten raw. The word 'prosciutto' is the…


  1. COOK THE PASTA: Boil the pasta in salted water for 8 minutes then add the peas, return the water to the boil and cook for 2 minutes more until the pasta and peas are tender. Tip into a colander over the sink, cool the pasta and peas under the cold tap then drain really well.

  2. MAKE THE DRESSING: While the pasta is boiling roughly chop the tomato and put in a food processor with half the sun-dried tomatoes, the olive oil, vinegar, garlic and about 8 basil leaves. Season with plenty of salt and freshly ground pepper then whizz until smooth. Tip into a large salad bowl.

  3. TOSS AND SERVE: Add the pasta and peas to the dressing, roughly slice the rest of the sun-dried tomatoes and add to the pasta with the remaining basil leaves. Tear in the prosciutto or salami and toss everything together. Pile into bowls and, if possible, eat outside.

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Comments (60)

Frances Claire's picture

Very tasty and quick to make. I used smoked salmon instead of ham, and next time I think I will use a smaller garlic clove since it was a little too strong for me!

jennpete14's picture

I absolutely loved this recipe!! I used a bit of olive oil the sundried tomatoes came in for more flavour. I also finely grated parmesan cheese on salad when serving - it was amazing! Husband loved it too!! He couldn't stop eating it!!

michelle_30's picture

Quick and easy to make, the vinegar taste was a bit overpowering so added 1/2 teaspoon of sugar to balance this so next time will just use half the amount of vinegar but otherwise very tasty. Will try with feta cheese instead of the ham next time

chillertwist's picture

I wanted a different lunch alternative for work so I cooked up a batch of this, divided it into a couple of old takeaway tubs and left it to chill in the fridge. I have to say it was delicious. I added both salami and prosciutto which worked very well. I expect it would be just as delicious served hot. Next time I will add some mozzarella I think.

marty876's picture

it's a easy and very good recipe!
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fayfumbs's picture

This was lovely and will become a regular in our house

mellie11's picture

This recipe really shows the difference between chucking together what you've got into a pasta salad and putting something together that balances well! It's lovely and light with pretty colours. The only expensive ingredient (I used prosciutto) goes a really long way. Guests were pleased with this one.

cookielady's picture

The dressing is wonderful, I've never been able to figure out how to make a nice light tomatoey pasta salad and so this is exactly what I was looking for. Replaced the peas and salami with mushrooms and feta cheese, amazing.

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helenptaylor's picture

Easy to make. The perfect bring a dish to a summer party! Very tasty.

cottlefish's picture

Made this as a nice vegetarian dish for a barbecue - great flavours! Really, surprisingly dynamic.

sammarie's picture

Delicious! I served this cold at a BBQ and it went down really well. I'm making it again tonight and will add some broad beans...

parent-kitchen's picture

Great recipe - very popular in our house!

mspupsix's picture

This becomes one of our family favourates; very easy to cook and delicious.'s picture

Fab made as an alternative to sandwiches for lunch - didn't have any sun dried tomatoes so used roasted peppers instead added half a chopped red onion and some Mozarella that needed using up. also didn't have parma ham but had bresaola so used that instead.
Tasted delicious will definately make again as its easy to adapt to whatever needs using up in the fridge.

raincloud_'s picture

I'm torn between giving 3 or 4 stars. The flavours are gorgeous; really fresh with nice creamy flavours of the tomatoes, garlic and olive oil, the sun-dried tomatoes add the depth and the saltiness of the prosciutto all linger beautifully with a nice pinot grigio BUT the textures put me off. Maybe I overcooked the pasta, maybe I didn't chop the sun-dried tomatoes finely enough but the dish just seemed too slimey and chewy for me.

estameralda's picture

I used mozzarella and substituted peas for green beans. I especially enjoyed the dressing!

gailmhollinshead's picture

Made this last week and it went down really well. Was lovely to add some lemon zest for a bit of a tang.

susanna0195's picture

This is very moorish and great to pick at on hot sunny days or to liven up a dull one!


Questions (1)

aleinav's picture

Is their an alternative to prosciutto or salami as I don't eat Pork?

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