Paleo Italian Pasta Salad

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My grandma makes the BEST Italian Pasta Salad ever, and serves it up at all kinds of family functions.  Unfortunately it isn’t the healthiest side dish there is, being full of cheese chunks and pasta noodles, so I decided to tackle a new version, making it paleo friendly so I can eat it knowing that I won’t pay a price later.  I made this new version to take to a dinner at my mom’s house and everyone LOVED it!  They all agreed that even without the cheese and noodles, the taste was so similar to Grandma’s that it was a perfect substitution.  It always makes my heart so happy to come up with a delicious and healthy recipe to share with my family and friends!


I was having a hard time coming up with a homemade Italian dressing recipe that didn’t taste awful so I finally just gave up and went to the store.  I sat in the dressing aisle for a while reading labels and came across this Cucina Antica Low Fat Italian Dressing.  Low fat is typically a huge no-no because the fat is replaced with sugars and chemicals, but this one has neither!  It is organic and the only reason I can think it is low fat is because the main ingredients are water and vinegar.

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3 Zucchini, sliced into “noodles”

1 Yellow Bell Pepper, chopped

1 pint Cherry Tomatoes, halved

2.25 oz. Canned Black Olives

1 Small Head of Broccoli, chopped

1/2 Cucumber, sliced and quartered (approx. 6 inches in size)

Red Onion, diced (if desired.  Half, one slice, none, whatever you prefer.  I used half)

1/4 lb. Hard Salami, chopped

1 C. Cucina Antica low fat Italiano dressing -or something similar (no added sugar)



  1.  Slice zucchini into noodles with either a mandolin or veggetti.  Add to a large frying pan over medium heat and cover.  Let steam for about 5 minutes and remove from heat.  Let cool completely.  Do not overcook or make soggy!
  2. While zucchini is cooking, chop all of your veggies and salami and add to a large bowl.
  3. When zucchini is cool, add to bowl along with the Italian Dressing.
The longer it sits, the better it tastes.  Keep it cool in the refrigerator!
Let me know what you think!  How does this compare to your traditional Italian Pasta recipe?
Paleo Pasta Salad

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