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Your Last Minute July 4th Appetizer: Stuffed Italian Salad Shells

Your Last Minute July 4th Appetizer: Stuffed Italian Salad Shells
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Where’s the marinara?! Where’s the ricotta?! Not in these delectably gorgeous stuffed pasta shells with a twist! Yes, time to think outside the box…pasta box and incorporate “chopped” salad that is. 🙂 I’ve found these crunchy delectables transport well, so they’re great appetizers for parties, picnics and gatherings. What I noticed most was how quickly they disappeared; one after the other, smile after smile and Mmmm after Oohhh! Amazingly delicious!

Ingredients:

1 (16 ounce) package jumbo pasta shells

4 cups chopped salad mix…I used Dole Summer salad

1⁄2 cup chopped fresh basil

1 cup coarsely chopped cooked chicken

1 cup coarsely chopped tomatoes

3⁄4 cup coarsely chopped cucumber

1/2 cup chopped black olives

1/4 cup garbanzo beans, drained & rinsed

1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

4 ounces Italian hard salami, chopped

1⁄3 cup Italian dressing

Directions:

Cook pasta shells as directed on the package.

Drain and cool. Place remaining ingredients except Italian dressing in a large bowl.

Pour dressing over salad, toss to coat. Carefully stuff shells with salad. Arrange on a large round platter, drizzle on a little extra dressing and garnish with sprigs of parley and or basil before serving. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours before serving. Makes 36

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