Posted by: literallydelicious | May 29, 2012

Bowtie Pasta Salad

I love pasta. Add cheese, and I’m a happy camper. Add fresh mozzarella, and I couldn’t be any happier.

This is a great salad that can be served warm or cold. You can change ingredients to suit your own tastes. Don’t know how long it lasts — we had it for dinner one night and lunch the next day, and scraped the bowl clean.

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BOWTIE PASTA SALAD

1 12-0unce box bowtie pasta, cooked and drained

1 12-ounce jar marinated artichoke hearts

3 roasted red peppers, roughly chopped

4 ounces salami, cubed (I get the thickest chunk they can cut at the deli — it’s the perfect amount)

1 package mozzarella pearls (baby balls of fresh mozzarella)

kalamata olives, pitted and halved

grape tomatoes

1/4 cup balsamic or red wine vinegar

salt and pepper to taste

1. Drain the artichoke hearts, reserving the liquid. If necessary, add olive oil to make 1/2 cup.

2. In a large bowl, mix the veggies and the mozzarella.

3. Add balsamic, salt and pepper to artichoke liquid. Shake well, then toss with the salad.

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