Meat Lovers Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad with salami, ham, and bacon

Meat Lovers Pasta Salad ~ yes, real men DO eat pasta, and it’s this hearty pasta salad! Real women love it too 😉  This meaty pasta salad will be the hit of your next barbecue, potluck, or backyard shindig.

4 different kinds of meat in my meat lovers pasta!

Pasta salads are kind of a late summer staple for me, I like to have them chilling in the fridge so that I don’t have to lift a finger at the end of a long hot day. But I know I’m not alone in having a certain member of the family who does not consider a meal to be a meal without meat. So when I want to make a quick and easy pasta salad for dinner, I have to get creative. I decided to go all out with FOUR different kinds of meat in this one…nobody complained!

Meat Lovers Pasta Salad is the ultimate pasta salad, loaded up with four different kinds of meat!

Any meat that can be cubed is fair game, I like salami, ham, sopressata, and, of course, bacon. Just visit your deli counter and pick out your favorites,  Ask them to cut you a 1/2 inch chunk, rather than slices, so you can dice it later.

A hearty pasta salad with FOUR different kinds of meat...nobody walks away hungry!

I add half the dressing to the steaming hot, just drained pasta, it will absorb the flavors as it cools.

Pasta cooling for Meat Lovers Pasta Salad

The heartiest of summer meals - Meat Lovers Pasta Salad will satisfy the carnivores in your life!

Pasta Salad with salami, ham, and bacon
3.29 from 42 votes

Meat Lovers Pasta Salad

Author Sue Moran


  • 3/4 lb pasta I used fusilli cooked according to the package directions
  • 1/2 inch slice of salami cut in cubes (approximately 1/4 lb)
  • 1/2 inch slice of sopressata cut in cubes (approximately 1/4 lb)
  • 1/2 inch slice of ham cut in cubes (approximately 1/4 lb)
  • 8 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 small Persian cucumber or 1/3 of an English cucumber, diced
  • 1/3 red onion diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 1/3 cup black olives sliced
  • a few radishes if you have them, quartered
  • 1 cup feta cheese cut in small cubes
  • handful fresh thyme and oregano leaves


  • 1/2 cup good olive oil
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 6 Tbsp champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp dried Italian herb blend
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes


  • Whisk together the dressing ingredients.
  • While the pasta is still hot, toss it with about half of the dressing, to coat all surfaces. Cover and refrigerate.
  • When the pasta has cooled, add in the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT the bacon, and toss. Add more dressing to moisten the salad and put back in the fridge until ready to eat.
  • Just before serving toss in the bacon and taste the salad. Adjust the seasoning and add more dressing if necessary.
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  • Reply
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes
    March 3, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    This looks amazing! Love all of the colors!

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    August 16, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Love this salad and particularly how hearty it is. It’s hard to find lighter, summery dishes that are still filling enough for my husband’s appetite 😉

  • Reply
    Gerlinde @Sunnycovechef
    August 14, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    This pasta salad looks filling and delicious . The perfect meal for a hot day.

    • Reply
      August 15, 2015 at 7:05 am

      We’re heading into a big heatwave this week, I’m glad i have it in the fridge 😉
      Thanks Gerlinde!

  • Reply
    Toni | BoulderLocavore
    August 14, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    This looks so exciting Sue and sounds delicious! I love that it’s refrigerated; can’t imaging eating anything warm at the moment!

    • Reply
      August 15, 2015 at 7:05 am

      I hear you, stay cool Toni!

  • Reply
    Chris Scheuer
    August 14, 2015 at 11:48 am

    My family would gobble this up in a heartbeat. It looks fabulous and you’re so right Sue, such a wonderful option for these steamy late summer days.

    • Reply
      August 15, 2015 at 7:06 am

      It was inspired by my husband, but I ended up loving it too!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    August 14, 2015 at 11:18 am

    I bet this would be the first thing to go at a picnic! Every bite must be amazing!

  • Reply
    August 14, 2015 at 10:54 am

    The leftovers packed perfectly for lunch the next day, thanks Angie 🙂

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    [email protected]'s+Recipes
    August 14, 2015 at 10:24 am

    What a satisfying and delicious pasta recipe! Great for a picnic or lunch box!
    Have a great weekend, Sue!

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