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Chopped Pasta Salad
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Total Time: 45 min.

Don't let the word "salad" in the title fool you. This is a pretty substantial meal based upon the Mediterranean flavors of the Italian Chopped Salad.

4 cups pasta - cooked
For the Dressing
1 teaspoon garlic - minced
2 teaspoons shallot - minced
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 1/3 cups olive oil
3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese - grated
For the Salad
1/2 head romaine lettuce - chopped
12 large basil leaves - chopped
2 cups salami - sliced 1/8" thick
3 cups mozzarella cheese - shredded
1 cup garbanzo beans - chopped
4 cups tomato - diced
3 cups turkey breast - diced
2 tablespoons scallions - chopped

Set cooked pasta aside. Meanwhile make the dressing.

For the Dressing

Process all the ingredients except the oil in a blender. Slowly blend in oil. When the oil has been incorporated, stir in Parmesan. Set aside in the refrigerator.

For the Salad

Toss pasta, romaine lettuce, basil leaves, salami, mozzarella and garbanzo beans with the dressing in a large bowl. Transfer the salads to chilled salad plates. Surround each serving with a ring of diced tomatoes and top with diced turkey. garnish with chopped scallions.

Calories: 1034 Calories From Fat: 59%
Protein: 48g Carbohydrate: 59g
Cholesterol: 130mg Sodium: 1015mg

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