Artichoke Pasta Salad

Artichoke Pasta Salad
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins

This light Artichoke Pasta Salad makes a perfect portable lunchtime meal.


  • Coarse salt and pepper

  • 6 ounces small pasta shells

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • ½ teaspoon grated lemon zest plus 4 teaspoons juice

  • ½ cup marinated artichokes, plus 2 tablespoons marinade

  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan

  • 2 cups torn escarole


  1. In a medium pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water, then drain.

  2. Meanwhile, chop garlic. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and drag the blade of a large knife at an angle across mixture until a paste forms. Add garlic paste to a small bowl, along with mayonnaise, mustard, lemon zest and juice, and artichoke marinade; whisk to combine and season with salt and pepper.

  3. Return pasta to pot, add artichokes and dressing, and toss, adding enough pasta water to create a light sauce that coats pasta; stir in Parmesan and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until chilled, 1 hour (or overnight); toss with escarole to serve.

Cook's Notes

Pack Strategy
Tote escarole separately or layer it on top of pasta to prevent sogginess.

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