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Pasta Salad Recipe - Veggie Style ♥

Updated on April 5, 2013

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Celery takes center stage for this dish. Not just bunny or diet food, or even the base for peanut butter, there's healthy punch in that crunch!

Celery packs a punch, all right, but not in the gut—calorie-wise, or otherwise, since it protects the digestive tract from inflammation. It's the only veggie to contain: apiuman, aka non-starch polysaccharides found in the crunchy stalk's pectin (the stuff that's good for your nails)

Full of antioxidants such as: flavonoids & vitamin C, it brings dihydrostilbenoids like lunularin to the table, along with furanocoumarins like bergapten and psoralen. These good for the heart ♥ phenolic nutrients are similar to those found in wine, and protect us from free radicals.

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The Ingredients:

Recipe in Rebus:

cook pasta
cook pasta
drain & toss with a little bit of olive oil
drain & toss with a little bit of olive oil
slice, seed and flatten peppers onto foil
slice, seed and flatten peppers onto foil
broil
broil
peel back with paring knife
peel back with paring knife
chop-chop!
chop-chop!
grasp parsley firmly by stems, and rake fork through leaves
grasp parsley firmly by stems, and rake fork through leaves
see?
see?
chop-chop! (but fine)
chop-chop! (but fine)
Tarragon-left to right, top to bottom--prep
Tarragon-left to right, top to bottom--prep
Basil-left to right, top to bottom--prep
Basil-left to right, top to bottom--prep
slice that celery!
slice that celery!
cube that cheese!
cube that cheese!
a light tap with a meat mallet cracks garlic peel easily; mince thereafter
a light tap with a meat mallet cracks garlic peel easily; mince thereafter
slice kalamatas
slice kalamatas
dice artichoke hearts coarsely
dice artichoke hearts coarsely
add peppers first--STIR AFTER EACH ADDITION
add peppers first--STIR AFTER EACH ADDITION
add celery
add celery
add cubed cheese
add cubed cheese
add olives
add olives
add artichoke hearts
add artichoke hearts
add parsley, basil & tarragon
add parsley, basil & tarragon
add shredded parmesan
add shredded parmesan
add garlic
add garlic
add dressing & mix thoroughly
add dressing & mix thoroughly

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 2 quarts

Ingredients

  • 12 oz tri-color pasta, spirals
  • 8 oz smoked cheese, of choice
  • ¼ cup Parmesan
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 3 red bell peppers
  • 4 oz pitted, kalamata olives, drained
  • 4 oz artichoke hearts ♥, drained
  • ½ bulb garlic
  • ¼ cup tarragon
  • ¼ cup Italian parsley
  • ¼ cup basil
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • THESE NEXT, 2 INGREDIENTS ARE EITHER / OR
  • 1 cup Italian Salad Dressing, OR
  • ½ cup olive oil + ¼ cup red wine vinegar ( your basic 2:1 ratio), blended very well

How to Do It:

  1. Add pasta to rapidly boiling water with a little oil & salt. Cook to AL DENTE, and no longer. This is particularly important to this salad, as pasta absorbs the liquids in the salad, and gets very bloated if over-cooked.
  2. Drain. Place in large, mixing bowl and mix with about ¼ cup olive oil to prevent sticking, and set aside.
  3. Grab your bell peppers, slice and seed, and place on foil.
  4. Broil until skins are black.
  5. Peel back skin with paring knife.
  6. Chop into bite-size pieces, and set aside.
  7. Grab parsley bunch firmly by the stems, and rake a fork through the leaves.
  8. Mince & (you guessed it) set aside.
  9. Mince tarragon. Set aside.
  10. Chop basil a bit more coarsely. Set aside.
  11. Chop celery in the predictable fashion. Set aside.
  12. Remove rind from smoked cheese, cube and set aside.
  13. Peel garlic & mince. Set aside. (I find tapping the clove gently with a meat mallet helps crack the peel, and facilitates peeling :)
  14. Drain olives. Chop kalamata olives into rings, and set aside.
  15. Drain artichoke hearts. Chop hearts coarsely, and set aside but only briefly. We're ready to assemble this bad boy!
  16. Add brolied peppers first. MIX AFTER EACH ADDITION!
  17. Add celery.
  18. Add smoked cheese.
  19. Add kalamata olives.
  20. Add artichoke hearts ♥.
  21. Add parsley, basil & tarragon.
  22. Add Parmesan.
  23. Add garlic.
  24. Add dressing of choice (Italian or home-made oil & vinegar) Add salt and pepper to taste (or don't) and, boom! Good to go.

plate & serve!

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    • CharronsChatter profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Robiscoe 

      5 years ago from California

      Hi Katherine - Thank you for saying! No easy task, taking AND making...but it makes for a nice visual, plus that way, if there's a "wha-a?" moment--a quick peek & boom. Re-oriented.

      Have a great weekend. :)

    • Kathryn Stratford profile image

      Kathryn 

      5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      You have a way of making each recipe look so appealing! I enjoy the photos. They are as informative as the actual recipe, and they are a pleasure to look at! Thanks for sharing another recipe with us.

    • CharronsChatter profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Robiscoe 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you, Chris! It's tasty, easy, filling but light fare--all at the same time. The amazing noodle...very versatile! ;)

    • Chris Achilleos profile image

      Chris Achilleos 

      5 years ago

      That pasta salad looks really good. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Voted up and useful!

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