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Aegean Artichoke And Penne Pasta Salad

Aegean Artichoke And Penne Pasta Salad

Ingredients :

    • 6 fresh baby artichokes
    • 1/4   cup lemon juice
    • 1/2   pound penne pasta
    • 1/2   cup tomato juice
    • 2     tablespoons olive oil
    • Juice of one lemon
    • 2    cloves          garlic  — minced
    • 3    tablespoons fresh parsley
    • 3    tablespoons fresh basil  — or 1 tsp. dried
    • 1/2  teaspoon salt
    • 1/4  teaspoon black pepper
    • 1/2  cup fresh tomato  — chopped
    • 1/2  cup olives  — Kalamata
    • 2      tablespoons   capers
    • 1/2  cup feta cheese  — optional

Description :

1.  Cut stems off artichokes.  Peel off tough outer leaves to reveal
yellow-green hearts.  Cut artichokes into quarters.  Combine 1/4 cup
lemon juice with 2 cups water in a medium bowl.  Add artichokes to
lemon water and toss to prevent discoloration.  Drain.  Steam
artichokes until tender, about 20 minutes.  chill.
2.  In a large pot, bring 2 quarts water to a rapid boil. Add 1
teaspoon salt and penne.  Cook penne until al dente, about 10 minutes.
Drain and rinse with cold water.
3.  To make salad dressing: combine tomato juice, olive oil, lemon
juice, garlic, parsley, basil, salt and pepper in a food processor or
blender and puree for 30 seconds.
4.  Toss together artichokes, penne, capers, olives and feta cheese in
a large bowl salad bowl.  Pour dressing over and toss well.

Aegean Artichoke And Penne Pasta Salad
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