Easy Artichoke Pasta Salad
1 small jar marinated artichokes (diced)- save marinade in the jar!
1-2 diced sweet red peppers
1 diced carrot
1/4 cup chopped olives (you can add more if you like)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon minced roasted red peppers
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 tablespoon chopped basil
salt and pepper to taste
Cook pasta, drain it and let it cool. in a jar. Combine a bit of the marinade from the marinated artichokes, olive oil, vegetable oil, balsamic vinegar, roasted red peppers, basil and parsley. Put a lid on the jar, and shake until ingredients look mixed.
In a bowl, combine the pasta, artichokes, sweet peppers, carrots, and olives. Pour the dressing into pasta mixture, toss well. Add salt and pepper to taste.
I like to make this a day ahead, and let it chill in the refrigerator. The pasta marinades a bit, and its oh so good!