Prep 20 mins
Cook 12 mins
This wonderful pasta salad was created to remind me of a sunny day on the Mediterranean, loaded with fresh vegetables, olives, sundried tomatoes, Parmesan and fresh basil. I have also added grilled chicken to this dish, which makes it even better. For vegetarian omit the shrimp and chicken.
- 1 (16 ounce) package bow tie pasta
- 1 head broccoli, cut into florettes
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 small onion, minced fine
- 3 garlic cloves, minced fine
- 1⁄4 cup sun-dried tomato (either oil packed or reconstituted dried)
- 1⁄2 cup sliced olive (black or green or a combination of both)
- 1 cup chopped marinated artichoke
- 3⁄4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 1⁄2 cup red wine and vinegar salad dressing (I use Paul Newman's Family Recipe when I don't want to make my own.)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- red pepper flakes
- 1 bunch chopped fresh basil
- 1 cup cooked chickpeas (optional) or 1 cup grilled chicken (optional) or 1 cup cooked shrimp (optional)
- Cook bow-tie pasta according to package direction in a large pot of boiling, salted water.
- Add the brocolli to the pot for the final two minutes of cooking.
- Drain well.
- In a very large bowl, combine all the other ingredients, gently combining to thoroughly coat salad with the dressing and seasonings.
- Taste and adjust salt, pepper, Parmesan, red pepper flakes, or additional oil and vinegar.
- Refrigerate for a few hours before serving.
This was such an easy and delicious salad. My church does a potluck service every week and I took this dish this time and everyone enjoyed it! My children weren't to fond of it lol, but the adults all raved! This will definitely be in my regular potluck rotation! Thanks!
Well the sun hasn`t been out for 2 months but this salad brought it out for me! Follow everything except the dressing. In a blender I put the marinate from the articokes, a couple of anchovies, a squeezed lemon, the 3 cloves of garlic, Italian seasonings, a little bit of dijon. Blended and added oil while blending to make a nice rich dressing. Geema,Great stuff!!!