Monday, August 4, 2014

Spicy Pasta Salad

This is another quick recipe for a busy night.  I like the spiciness from the pepperoni, but I think using the jalapeno ones was a bit too much, even for me. :) I think the regular pepperoni or the simply spicy ones give this salad the perfect punch.  The combination of the artichoke hearts, cheese, tomatoes and pasta is absolutely wonderful.  Great salad!  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
For salad:
-1 lb garden rotini
-1 (14 oz) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained
-8 oz mozzarella cheese, cubed
-4 oz spicy (or regular) pepperoni, cut into small chunks
-1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
-2 Tbs jarred sliced pepperoncini, drained
For dressing:
-1 garlic clove, finely chopped
-2 Tbs red wine vinegar
-1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
-1 tsp salt
-1 tsp pepper
Directions:
Cook the pasta in salted water, according to the package directions.  Drain and let it cool for a little.
Once cooled, add the a large salad bowl.  Add remaining salad ingredients and mix well.
In a small bowl, mix together the dressing ingredients.  Pour over pasta mixture and toss to coat well.  Enjoy!

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