When this pasta salad arrived on the picnic table, and where it came from, is a mystery. It may have been an offshoot of another creamy summer salad, the potato kind. Crisp celery, peas, and scallions punctuate this version, which is sprinkled with bits of ham and ground pepper and nutmeg.
Antipasta pasta salad. This salad features the zesty flavors of a traditional Italian antipasti platter mixed with spiral-shaped pasta. This recipe calls for salami, mozzarella, green olives, and jarred red peppers, but feel free to add or substitute other antipasti favorites, including tuna, provolone, anchovies, artichoke hearts, capers, or marinated mushrooms.