Category : Salad , Pasta

Yield: 1 Servings

Ingredients (Help):

6 fresh baby artichokes
1/4 c lemon juice
1/2 lb penne pasta
1/2 c tomato juice
2 TB olive oil
: Juice of one lemon
2 cloves garlic -- minced
3 TB fresh parsley
3 TB fresh basil -- or 1 tsp.
: dried
1/2 ts salt
1/4 ts black pepper
1/2 c fresh tomato -- chopped
1/2 c olives -- Kalamata
2 TB capers
1/2 c feta cheese -- optional

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.

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