Arugula and Artichoke Pasta Salad for #PompeianVarietals

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There’s something deliciously fantastic about an easy, flavorful pasta salad. Spring is here and I’m definitely trying to lighten up our dishes at mealtime. For lunch, I focus on tasty but easy to throw together meals all the time. And pasta salad is one of my go-to dishes. The important thing though, for pasta salad, and really any kind of dish for that matter, are the ingredients.

You really want the freshest, and best tasting ingredients to throw in, because for this pasta salad, everything is raw except for the pasta. And you need a great tasting olive oil that’s going to enhance and bring out the flavors of all of your vegetables.

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Pompeian Arbequina Olive Oil

The Pompeian Varietals Collection is a premium line of mono-varietal extra virgin olive oils that celebrate the unique taste profiles of single olive varieties. The new collection currently features three different varieties ranging in flavor from mild to full-bodied, allowing cooks to find the perfect, complementary oil and flavor profile for all of their dishes, from delicate seafood to juicy red meats.

As Pompeian is dedicated to education and quality, the Pompeian Varietals Collection provides consumers with the ability to learn about the unique story and journey behind each bottle – starting at the mill, country and harvest date and ending at the kitchen table. By visiting Tree to Bottle, consumers can track the lot number located on the back of the Varietal to uncover their bottle’s special history.

I selected Pompeian’s Arbequina because I wanted a great tasting, mild-bodied extra virgin olive oil. This olive oil has a round taste of mature fruitiness and a delicate sweetness of almonds, and it’s ideal for fish and vegetables.

Pompeian’s Arbequina really brought out and enhanced all of my vegetables. From the arugula to the artichokes, olives, red onions and mushrooms. This pasta salad was really delicious!


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So, whether you are preparing lunch or need a pasta salad for a picnic or gathering with friends, this Arugula and Artichoke Pasta Salad is amazing and I highly suggest you pick up a bottle of the Arbequina as well.


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All of the vegetables in this pasta salad are raw but if you prefer them to be cooked a bit, simply saute with some Pompeian Arbequina extra virgin olive oil over medium heat.
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4

  • ½ lb. penne pasta
  • 1 heaping cup artichoke hearts (canned or jarred), chopped
  • ½ cup green olives, chopped
  • ¾ cup red onions, coarsely chopped
  • 1 to 1½ cups cremini mushrooms, coarsely chopped or diced
  • ¼ cup Pompeian Arbequina extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (+ more if needed)
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 cups fresh arugula
  • season with salt and pepper if needed

  1. Clean, chop and prep all of your vegetables. Place into a large mixing bowl, except the arugula. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large pot of salted, water over high heat and cook penne pasta according to box instructions. Cook to al dente.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and dijon mustard. Taste and adjust any ingredients as necessary.
  4. Drain and rinse the penne pasta and immediately add the pasta into the large mixing bowl with the vegetables (while the pasta is still hot), mix together, add the fresh arugula and pour on the dressing and toss well again. Season with salt and pepper if needed and enjoy immediately.


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Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Pompeian’s Blogger Ambassador Program and Pompeian Pantry Insiders. I was compensated for this post and as always, all opinions are 100% my own.




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22 Responses to "Arugula and Artichoke Pasta Salad for #PompeianVarietals"

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  1. The vegan 8

    April 29, 2014 at 5:51 am

    This looks so good and perfect for Spring Alice! I love, love arugula but it has sure been awhile since I had some. I love the pepperyness of arugula and this salad is calling my name :)

    • hipfoodiemom

      April 29, 2014 at 7:03 am

      Thanks so much, Brandi! This pasta salad was seriously sooooo good! I also love arugula and have to stop myself from adding it to everything. . I ate this for lunch 2 days straight! :)

  2. Erin | The Law Student's Wife

    April 29, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Love the peppery arugula with the fruity olive oil. This has dinner time written allllll over it!

    • hipfoodiemom

      April 30, 2014 at 6:23 am

      Hi Erin, awesome!! yes, you must make this. . so simple and delicious!

  3. David @ CookingChat

    April 30, 2014 at 5:26 am

    This looks great! I use arugula a lot too, this looks like a recipe I need to try.

    • hipfoodiemom

      May 1, 2014 at 6:44 am

      yes, David I hope you do try it! It’s perfect for Spring and summer too!

  4. Amy | Club Narwhal

    April 30, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Alice, this salad looks perfect! I love the artichoke hearts mixed in with all this goodness :)

    • hipfoodiemom

      May 1, 2014 at 6:44 am

      Hi Amy, thank you so much!! Yes, this is like all of my favorite things mixed into one bowl!

  5. Jess @ whatjessicabakednext

    April 30, 2014 at 9:26 am

    This looks amazing! I love new pasta dishes to try- lovely recipe!

    • hipfoodiemom

      May 1, 2014 at 6:30 am

      Thanks so much, Jess!

  6. Maria | Pink Patisserie

    April 30, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    I am so, so ready for salads, and spring and the excuse to plunk myself down with a big bowl of this. Really lovely Alice!

    • hipfoodiemom

      May 1, 2014 at 6:30 am

      Thank you so much, Maria!

  7. DessertForTwo

    April 30, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    This sounds like all my favorite foods in one bowl! Love it! pinned!

    • hipfoodiemom

      May 1, 2014 at 6:29 am

      Thank you so much! I happily ate this for lunch two days in a row! :)

  8. Katie

    May 1, 2014 at 9:50 am

    This salad looks and sounds amazing!!

    • hipfoodiemom

      May 1, 2014 at 11:15 am

      Thanks so much, Katie!! I hope you’re able to give it a try!

  9. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    May 1, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    I love a good pasta salad and this one looks fantastic, Alice. The raw veggies must add such a great textural contrast to the pasta. The olive oil sounds yummy – it’s so important to have a good quality olive oil that tastes delicious on its own.

  10. ATasteOfMadness

    May 1, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    I love pasta salad, but have never made it before. This looks so good!

  11. laurasmess

    May 1, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    You make the best pasta dishes Alice. Hot and cold versions :) Love this one, packed full of flavour from the artichoke hearts and dressed arugula (or rocket, as we call it here!). Beautiful. Totally agree the requirements for a great olive oil, too. I’ll look out for the Pompeian one here! xx


    May 2, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Could not agree more with you about quality of ingredients. Totally goes for anything! This pasta sounds so fresh, especially with the addition of arugula. Would be perfect for a picnic? I keep saying i’m going to cook with artichokes and it never happens. Gahhh I just need to do it. Do you ever find it difficult to try a new food? I always have the intention to, but you know…intimidation? Thanks for sharing :)

  13. Allie | Baking a Moment

    May 2, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Absolutely stunning salad! I’d love a big bowl of this right now! Love that you added artichoke hearts and mushrooms, and that olive oil sounds just lovely! Happy Friday Alice!

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