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Recipe: Costantino’s Kitchen Pasta Salad

Posted on: May 10th, 2012 by Amy Martin 1 Comment

Local resident Christopher Costantino recently added three new spice blends to his line of gourmet food products – Costantino’s Kitchen. You may remember our write-up about his Grandma Angie’s Tomato Basil Italian Pasta Sauce and garlic oils here.

The new spice blends include:

The Tuscan Steak Rub – described as “A perfect mixture of herbs and spices that takes even the cheapest cut of beef to new heights. Just rub on the meat with a little olive oil before cooking and grill, broil or pan-sear. Also excellent on lamb or pork.”

The Gusto spice blend – “An all-purpose spice rub that adds flavor and zing to chicken, fish, shrimp and vegetables without adding any salt.”

And, the Italian Herb Blend – “A ‘kicked up’ version of Italian Seasoning. It combines some great herbs with onion powder and a little crushed red pepper.”

Each of the spice blends retails at $3.99 a piece and can be purchased online at or various local farmers’ markets.

Check out Costantino’s Pasta Salad recipe below:

Pasta Salad


  • 2 tablespoons champagne wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Costantino’s Kitchen Italian Herb Blend
  • 6 tablespoons Costantino’s Kitchen Mild Garlic Oil


  • 16 ounces tricolor rotini pasta, cooked and cooled
  • 1 red pepper, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 yellow pepper, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • ½ pound crimini mushrooms, quartered
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ pound cheese, cut in ½” cubes
  • ¼ pound hard salami, cut in chunks
  • ¼ cup kalamata olives, pitted
  • ¼ cup Italian parsley, chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

To make the dressing: Place vinegar and herb blend into a blender jar and let sit for 15 minutes. Turn on the blender and slowly drizzle in oil.

To make the salad: Toss all ingredients with dressing. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve cold.


About the Author - Amy Martin

Author of Her Plate, Amy's love of food, cooking and all things culinary keeps her endlessly plotting what her next meal will be. Her pastimes include creating in (i.e. demolishing) her own kitchen and baking far more sweets than her tiny family could ever eat.

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  1. Nice Recipe..thanks for share with us !!

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