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Pasta Salad With Pastrami, Mushrooms and Cucumbers

Updated on August 10, 2015

A Great Pasta Salad

Most pasta salads are made for side dishes. But, this one can also be used as a main dish. Especially for a lunch when company is coming. All you have to do is add a nice loaf of French baguette or what ever your favorite bread is.

I made it as a side dish for my family dinner last Saturday. As I mentioned in my profile I make a recipe every week and have my family rate it. I collect recipes from wherever I can get them. Many years ago that was mostly from magazines and newspapers, but now with the internet, they are numberless. I still like collecting them and actually making them.

This one was from a cookbook called The New Pasta Cookbook which I bought over 20 years ago. The recipe in the book called for a different type of pasta then the one I used and I cut out an ingredient that I knew we would not like.

That's one of the good things about recipes, you can make it your own.

The important thing about this recipe is the ingredients must be fresh in order to look good and taste it's best. It sounded a little different then the pasta salad I'm used to, which is why I wanted to make it. It turned out very good. I hope you like it.

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Dish of Pasta Salad w/Pastrami, Mushrooms and cucumbers
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Fished Pasta Salad | Source
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The pasta I used. | Source
Ingredients before pasta was added.
Ingredients before pasta was added. | Source

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5 stars from 2 ratings of Pasta Salad with Pastrami, Mushrooms and Cucumbers

TIPS:

Pastrami is made from the loin cut of beef, therefore low in fat, so don't be afraid to use it.

When using pasta in a salad, it's important to rinse the cooked pasta with cold water and drain it well. It is has to stand for a while, stir a little oil in it to keep the pasta from sticking.

You can use what ever pasta you like in this recipe.

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 11 min
Ready in: 31 min
Yields: 6 servings
  • 1/2 lb. Trio Italiano Pasta
  • 1/3 lb. Pastrami, cut in strips
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut in wedges-----------, 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 1/2 English cucumber, thinly sliced or cut in chunks
  • 3/4 cup fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup Flat leaf Italian parsley, chopped
  • Ingredients for the Dressing ------------
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijoh-style mustard
  • To taste salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic,, crushed

Directions

  1. Cook pasta in boiling salted water until done, drain and rinse under cold water, then drain again before transferring to a salad bowl.
  2. To the salad bowl add pastrami, celery, tomato wedges, cucumber and mushrooms.
  3. To Prepare Dressing: Combine dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well to blend.
  4. Toss the dressing through the salad and refrigerate, covered, for several hours.
  5. Adjust seasoning and sprinkle with fresh parsley before serving.

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      Rachel L Alba 20 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Ni Cornelia, Thank you so much for the really nice comment. I hope your children enjoy it as much as we did. I appreciate the visit.

      Have a Blessed Christmas.

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      Korneliya Yonkova 20 months ago from Cork, Ireland

      This recipe is for me. I love pasta and love cooking it. This will be my tomorrows surprise for the children :)

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      Rachel L Alba 22 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Surabhi, You can certainly omit the pastrami. Marinated mushrooms you can get from a jar would be equally good in this salad. Hope you enjoy it. Thanks for the visit and comment.

      Blessings to you.

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      Surabhi Kaura 22 months ago

      Yum! This looks delicious. I might not use the pastrami, as I'm a vegetarian. I would love to try this out over the weekend. Thanks for sharing this, Rachel.

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      Rachel L Alba 22 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Audrey, Thanks for the visit and great comment. It's fancy enough for company also.

      Blessings to you.

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      Audrey Howitt 22 months ago from California

      I love new salad recipes--this is wonderful!

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      Rachel L Alba 22 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Cyndiio, Thanks for the visit and great comment. I appreciate it.

      Blessings to you.

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      Cynthia B Turner 22 months ago from Georgia

      This looks like a real winner. I have meetings from time to time at my house and it looks like a dish that is easy to prepare and everyone would enjoy. So glad you shared it.

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      Rachel L Alba 22 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Pat, Hope you're having a great day. Thanks for the visit, I look forward to them.

      Blessings to you.

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      Patricia Scott 22 months ago from sunny Florida

      What a great dish this is...it would be great as dinner or as a choice on a buffet.

      I will be trying this as soon as I can get what is needed to prepare it.

      I know my family will enjoy it.

      Angels are on the way to you this evening Rachel ps

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      Rachel L Alba 24 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Charito, thank you so much for your very nice comment and the visit.

      Blessings to you.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 24 months ago from Manila, Philippines

      I love pasta, but I've never tasted pasta with pastrami. This recipe looks really yummy, Ms. Rachel! It looks healthy, too.

      My mouth's watering for it!

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thank you, Alicia. Your visits and comments are greatly appreciated.

      Blessings to you.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You have a wonderful collection of recipes to share, Rachel. This is another one that sounds very tasty.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Linda, Thank you for your constant visits and comments. They are much appreciated. You'd be surprised at the combinations what taste good together.

      Blessings to you.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Ha, ha, you are the opposite of Audrey. Thank you poetryman for your visit and great comment.

      Blessings to you.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      You certainly omit the pastrami and add chunks of your favorite cheese, maybe. Thanks for visiting and the comment.

      Blessings to you.

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      Linda Rogers 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Oh Rachel-your family is so lucky to have you. How great for them to get to try all these different recipe's. This pasta recipe is so interesting with the mushrooms and pastrami in it. I have never thought of adding those two ingredients but can't wait to try it. Thanks my talented cooking friend.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Looks tasty. I think I would have less pasta and more pastrami!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      This looks yummy! Although I might not use the pastrami --I am a long standing vegetarian