worlds best pasta salad. seriously-i have an award for it here somewhere...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 |
i never liked pasta salads.
if i had pasta growing up, it was always hot, usually with gravy. ('if' i had pasta! LOL! like we didnt have it for dinner 3+ times a week!)
or clam sauce because we were at the beach house and someone had caught clams that morning.
or sometimes crabs with gravy.
i digress...
i finally found a pasta salad that i adore. i think it has to do with the artichoke hearts.
because really, marinated artichoke hearts are a gift from the veggie gods.
(so this first photo is of lynns arm (next door beach house neighbor), me, aaron and my pop. we are eating crabs and spaghatti. that station wagon in the background is ours. i learned to drive on that car. the 2nd photo is of the pasta salad)

1 LB pasta (rigatoni works best)
3 lg. tomatoes
½ cup chopped green onions
1 cucumber, pared and diced
1, 6oz jar of marinated artichoke hearts
½ cup grated parmesan cheese

balsamic dressing

½ cup olive oil
3 T of balsamic vinegar
1 t fresh parsley
½ t basil
1 clove of garlic
pinch of salt and pepper

prepare pasta. in large bowl combine tomatoes, green onions, cucumbers, artichoke hearts and parmesan cheese. mix balsamic dressing together in a seperate jar. pour over tomatoes and other veggies. let sit for 15 mins then add pasta. i usually let sit for a few hours before serving.

im linking to women who do it all


Diane said...

This looks yummy! I love pasta salad. Will definitely be trying this. Thanks for the recipe and thanks for stopping by Pittypat Paperie.

Sandi said...

I make a similar salad and include sliced kalamata olives, cubes of provolone, and chopped pepperoncini. Great summer fare!

Sarah loves it all said...

ooh this is so yummy! I have to try!

Stacey said...

That pasta salad looks DIVINE and I will for sure be making it this summer! Also, I think you deserve an award for pasta, as well! That was the best homecooked meal I've had in a LONG time and that's not just because I don't cook. Seriously, I hereby grant you the BEST PASTA MAKER AWARD!

ModernMom said...

Oh it looks so good. I think I might even be able to make this one!

Sharon said...

I'm back from vacation and finally getting caught up on my blog reading! This pasta salad looks sooo good! I'm gonna add it to next week's menu!

Jill from Women Who Do It All said...

Okay, I love artichoke hearts and I love pasta salads so I will so be trying this! Thanks for sharing! By the way, have you tried Papa Murphy's veggie pizza? I only ask cause it's got lots of artichoke hearts. Yum!

Lanie said...

I just dropped by to let you know I tried this recipe and we love it at my house. Thanks for sharing and I featured your pic with a link today.

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