May 27, 2012

Sun Dried Tomato, Artichoke, & Fresh Basil Pasta Salad



 When I first made this Sun Dried Tomato, Artichoke, & Fresh Basil Pasta Salad, my husband said, "You have to blog about this!"  That, my friends, is super high praise from my husband, whose usual response to food he likes is a simple "It's good."  If I get an "it's good" from my husband, I know I have a winner.  Of course, it was at his request that this particular pasta salad was created.

So how did this receiver-of-hubby-high-praise come to be?  Well, not far from our church is a grocery store that has a salad bar.  Quite often on our way home from church on Sunday, we stop there and grab a quick salad for lunch.  One day they had a pasta salad chock full of sun dried tomatoes and mozzarella (two of hubby's favorites), dressed simply with olive oil.  Mark took a big ol' scoop.

After about two bites, Mark looked at me and said, "Can you make this?"  Well, you all know how I love to figure out recipes ... so of course I said, "I think I can figure something out."

And I did. 

So much so that this pasta salad has now become a household staple.  And it gets Mark's super high praise every time!



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Sun Dried Tomato, Artichoke, & Fresh Basil Pasta Salad
Source:  A Tracey original, inspired by a local grocery store salad bar

Ingredients
About 10 oz. cavatappi or rotini pasta
1 (8 oz.) jar sun dried tomatoes packed in olive oil, slightly drained and julienned
1 (12 oz.) jar marinated artichoke heart quarters, drained
1 c. green olives, halved
About 10 oz. mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes
1 bunch fresh basil, chopped
3 T. red wine vinegar
About 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp. salt


Directions
1.  Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain and rinse under cold water.

2.  In a large bowl, combine sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, green olives, mozzarella cheese, and basil.  Add pasta; toss to combine.  Add red wine vinegar, salt, and olive oil.  Mix well.

3.  Refrigerate for about an hour before serving. 

4.  As the salad sits, the pasta absorbs some of the olive oil.  Drizzle with a small amount of additional olive oil and toss just before serving if salad needs to be 'moistened.'

Notes:
- Whole wheat pasta can be used, no problem.
- You don't have to bother to drain the sun dried tomatoes much.  The olive oil they're packed in brings fabulous flavor to the salad.
- For large artichoke quarters, I cut them in half ... so I guess that makes them 8ths!

Enjoy!

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13 comments:

  1. I will be trying this one out for shower. Maybe it will be a favorite for Mr. Noles as well!

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  2. Yum! I've been thinking about finding good pasta salad recipes so I can bring some to work for lunch. This sounds so good - I can't wait to try it!

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  3. Beautiful photos and just love the idea of the sweet artichoke hearts! Thanks so much for sharing

    Dave at eRecipeCards.com

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  4. I am making this pasta salad for sure. It has all the scrumptious ingredients I love, artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes and basil. This is a real winner!!!!
    Please join ON THE MENU MONDAY, my weekly foodie/recipe/menu linky party. Linky goes live every Sunday night at 8:00pm. Hope to see you and your recipes there!

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  5. Love, Love Love all the ingredients, it sounds delicious and I am crazy for a pasta salad especially during the summer. They keep well in the fridge, you can add so many nutritious ingredinent and I just love it. Thanks of r sharing the reicpe.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

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  6. This looks great. I always am on the look out for good pasta salad recipes that can be a main meal. Thank you.
    Coming from Foodie Friday today.

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  7. This sounds and looks so good!

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  8. This looks very interesting. I'm going to try it substituting some cooked fiddleheads as it is springtinme and we are the height of fiddlehead season here in the Maine Northwoods. I just love sun dried tomatoes with pasta. This sounds yummy!

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    1. Oh, wow! I think fiddlehead ferns would be wonderful in this!! You're bringing back memories ... I haven't had fiddleheads in years (MANY years).

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  9. Except for some cheese this dish can be a pantry pull together meal. Thanks for sharing it on foodie friday.

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  10. This would be perfect for our BBQ next weekend! I'd love if you'd come share this at my 'camping recipe' link party!

    http://onesweetappetite.com/camping-food-a-list/

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  11. Perfect summertime salad! That looks SO good! Thanks for sharing on "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" We hope to see you this friday! -The Sisters

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