This recipe is outstanding. I made a lot of unintentional substitutions to use what I had on hand so I wouldn't have to go to the grocery store. I didn't have tomato paste, so I just omitted it. I subbed shredded mozzarella for the provolone, 1 beefsteak tomato for the 3 roma tomatoes, spinach and cheese tortellini for the rainbow tortellini, pepperoni for the salami, orange bell pepper for the red, and dried herbs for the fresh (I just used about 1/2 as much, maybe less). I completely forgot the lemon juice, even though it was right on the counter in front of me. LOL! I do think that this recipe makes too much vinaigrette--I only used half, and it was plenty to coat the salad and provide excellent flavor. It would be good for regular salad, too, so I put the rest in the fridge to use later, but I would halve it next time. I didn't add salt and pepper to the final product, although I did add some to the vinaigrette. I don't think you need much salt and pepper if at all--plenty of other flavors going on in this salad!
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This recipe is outstanding. I made a lot of unintentional substitutions to use what I had on...