Smoked Gouda Pasta Salad

Recipe Creator: Bothwell Cheese

The not-so-secret ingredient in this salad is marinated artichoke hearts, adding zing and moisture to this smooth cheese-and-pasta salad.

Ingredients

For Salad:

  • 250 g package  rotini pasta
  • 1 (6-ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, quartered
  • 250g Smoked Gouda, cut into 1/4 inch cubes
  • 1 red pepper, cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups assorted baby tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted

For dressing:

  • 1/3 cup reserved artichoke marinade
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup grated Bothwell Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/8 tsp freshly cracked pepper

Directions

  1. In large pot of salted water cook pasta until al dente, or around 7 minutes. Drain and set aside (do not rinse).
  2. Remove artichokes from the jar and cut artichokes into quarters. Reserve the artichoke liquid for the dressing.
  3. Prepare dressing by placing all ingredients in small bowl and whisk together. Set aside.
  4. Place remaining ingredients into a large bowl. Pour in dressing and toss to coat.
  5. Cover and chill for 1 hour before serving.
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