Where I grew up in NY state, versions of this type of salad were plentiful. Don't confuse this with a traditional Italian antipasta - this is different. This version is my own and is my absolute favorite pasta salad. I have brought this to many potlucks and it is always a big hit. I make this a lot during the summer and even serve a hearty portion of it for my lunch. It makes a ton - this is great for parties because it can be made a day ahead and keeps a couple of days covered in the fridge. Prep time allows for chopping of veggies, etc and cooking the pasta. Cook time is actually chilling time. I use Skinner brand tri-color rotini spirals that come 12 ounces bags.