When I needed to prepare a salad to accomodate unexpected guests one afternoon, this salad recipe came about. I made it from some of my favorite things that I always keep at home. It has become one of my most requested potluck items, and a favorite of mine and friends.
Simple and very tasty--tastes even better the longer it sits.
In a large pot of salted boiling water, drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil. Slowly add contents of boxes of pasta, and cook per box instructions.
While pasta is cooking, prepare the rest of the salad. Drain liquid from the artichoke hearts and green and black olives. Place the vegetables in a large stainless steel, or glass, bowl. Slice the onions into strips and add to bowl. Cut cherry tomatoes in half and add to bowl. Toss all ingredients in the bowl. Set aside.
To make the dressing, in a small bowl, combine the mustard, vinegar and lemon juice. Add the Italian seasoning and black pepper, and stir. Drizzle the olive oil in slowly, while vigorously whisking to incorporate it into the mixture. Set aside.
Drain the pasta and run under cold water to stop cooking. Add pasta to the bowl of vegetables and mix. Add the dressing to the salad and mix thoroughly. Taste and adjust salt and pepper. Lastly, toss in parmesan cheese and mix. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Let salad come to room temperature before serving.
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