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Mike's Chilled Artichoke Feta Pasta Salad Recipe

Mike's Chilled Artichoke Feta Pasta Salad Recipe
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Category : Lunch/Dinner Side Salad
Cooking Time : 20 minutes
Serving : 8
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Prepare the ingredients before making Mike's Chilled Artichoke Feta Pasta Salad in your home. Then, follow these steps below to serve Mike's Chilled Artichoke Feta Pasta Salad for your family or friends.

Ingredients: Mike's Chilled Artichoke Feta Pasta Salad

  • 1 (12 oz) Box Multi Colored Rotini Pasta [+ water - salt & splash olive oil]
  • 2 Boxes ATHENOS Feta Cheese [× extra for garnish]
  • 1/3 Cup Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese [+ extra for garnish]
  • 1 (33 oz) Jar Artichoke Hearts [in water - fully drained - halved]
  • 1 Can Large Black Olives [fully drained - halved]
  • 1 Extra Large Cucumber [diced]
  • 1/2 Green Bell Pepper [diced - use multi color bells if you have them]
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Green Onions [chopped + reserves for garnish]
  • 2 tbsp Sun Dried Tomatoes [in oil - chopped]
  • 1 tbsp Dried Italian Seasonings
  • 1 Small Purple Onion [diced]
  • 1/3 Cup Fresh Parsley Leaves
  • 1 (24 oz) Bottle Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing [well shaken]

How to Make Mike's Chilled Artichoke Feta Pasta Salad

If you have prepared the ingredients needed, now time to start cooking. There are 20 steps you must follow to make Mike's Chilled Artichoke Feta Pasta Salad in your home by yourself.

    Step 1
  • Fully drain your artichoke hearts and black olives. Slice all in half.
  • Step 2
  • Chop your chilled vegetables. Mix well.
  • Step 3
  • Gently fold in your cheeses.
  • Step 4
  • Chop your Sun Dried Tomatoes.
  • Step 5
  • Gently toss mixture well. Refrigerate this mixture until your pasta has cooled.
  • Step 6
  • Bring a 6-8 quart pot to a steady boil. Add a few dashes salt and a dash of olive oil.
  • Step 7
  • Add your muli-colored Rotini Pasta. Stir well and regularly.
  • Step 8
  • Boil as per manufacturers directions. Usually about 10 minutes.
  • Step 9
  • Drain pasta and return to pot.
  • Step 10
  • Add half of your Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing, a few pinches fresh ground black pepper. Stir well. Allow pasta to cool naturally. Stir occasionally as it cools.
  • Step 11
  • Authors Note:
  • Step 12
  • For the biggest flavor and lowest price - I've found that Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing is one of the best bets out there. But, feel free to use your favorite brand.
  • Step 13
  • Once pasta has cooled, pile on your vegetable/cheese mixture and pour your remaining 1/2 bottle dressing over it.
  • Step 14
  • Gently fold everything together with bottom to upward strokes.
  • Step 15
  • Refrigerate salad for several hours. Know that with the longer the marry time - the better tasting she'll be. Mix her up occasionally and add additional dressing as the days go by.
  • Step 16
  • This chilly springtime salad also makes for great work, on the go, or, school lunches.
  • Step 17
  • Authors Tip:
  • Step 18
  • Before serving - give your salad a quick stir each time from the bottom up. This step is meant to pull any settled dressing up from the bottom for fullest flavor. Add more Italian seasoning as needed to refresh your salad in the coming days.
  • Step 19
  • Garnish with Feta Cheese, Parmesan Cheese and green cjives.
  • Step 20
  • Enjoy!
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