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Vegetarian Italian Pasta Salad with Arugula

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"This Italian pasta salad features all the caprese ingredients and then some - mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, plus artichoke hearts and arugula. The arugula adds great color and freshness to the salad. I love to make it for a barbeque or as a cold lunch on a hot day."
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3 h 30 m servings 407
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes.
  2. Prepare the dressing while penne is cooking. Whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and maple syrup in a small bowl until well combined. Stir in grated garlic. Mix in mustard and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Drain penne and transfer to a large bowl. Mix in 1/2 of the dressing. Allow to cool for 1 hour.
  4. Mix tomatoes, artichoke hearts, mozzarella cheese, and basil into the penne. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  5. Mix in remaining dressing and arugula right before serving.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • You can use any kind of pasta shape for this salad.
  • The pasta salad can chill longer as well, just make sure you don't mix in the arugula until right before serving. Otherwise it will wilt.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 407 calories; 12.8 58.1 17.5 18 580 Full nutrition

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really good! loved the dressing

loved it!