Healthy Pasta Salad with Artichokes and Lemon Vinaigrette {Whole Wheat + Super Simple}

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pompeian.

This Healthy Pasta Salad with Artichokes and Lemon Vinaigrette is quick, easy and filled with creamy, roasted artichokes, bright fresh basil, garlic and Parmesan cheese. It makes great leftovers!

Artichoke Pasta Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette {Whole Wheat + Super Simple} - Food Faith Fitness #PompeianVarietals

So, let’s be crazy.

And, by crazy, I mean let’s talk about stuff that DIDN’T HAPPEN this weekend.

1. I didn’t become queen of the universe.  Drat.

2. I didn’t get to eat only cheesecake for ALL THE MEALS. Drat, the sequel.

3. I didn’t get to watch “Free Birds.”

Artichoke Pasta Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette {Whole Wheat + Super Simple} - Food Faith Fitness #PompeianVarietals

Now, I want to talk about that last point some more.  Have you heard of this new movie? It’s that cartoon about the turkeys that go back in time to the first Thanksgiving to get turkey off the menu? I have seriously been so excited to see it. Yes, you can judge.

It all started when it came out in Theatres.  I actually dragged Mr. FFF out to see it, disguised as “date night.” You know what? It was the first weekend that we arrived in Florida and…WE GOT LOST ON THE WAY TO THE THEATRE! This caused us to miss the movie.  Devestation ensued.

So, we found it at Redbox this weekend.  Excitement ensued.

Until we got home…and tried to play the disc….and it DIDN’T PLAY BECAUSE IT WAS SO SCRATCHED. I’m sorry for all the yelling, I’m just upset about the whole dealio.

Artichoke Pasta Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette {Whole Wheat + Super Simple} - Food Faith Fitness #PompeianVarietals

So, I’m assuming that the world is out to get me, and really doesn’t want me to ever see “Free Birds.”  Life is hard.

You know what though? Aside from the lack of cartoon turkeys in my weekend, it did have one redeeming factor. I was able to try one of the olive oils from Pomepeian’s new Varietals Collection! Have you guys tried this stuff?  You need it.  Your pots, pans, dinners, and whatever else you put your oily goodness in,  needs it.

The new, premium line focuses on extra virgin olive oils that celebrate the unique taste profiles of single olive varieties, and there are three different varieties you can choose from, with each offering a different flavour profile.  And, if that’s not enough, it’s super well priced too! Woo to the hoo!

Artichoke Pasta Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette {Whole Wheat + Super Simple} - Food Faith Fitness #PompeianVarietals

I tried out their oil that is made from the Koroneiki olive. I found it to taste extremely smooth and robust with a little hint of peppery-ness….perfect for really giving a simple pasta salad a BAM factor.

In usual Taylor fashion, I decided to try something that I have never done before – roasting an artichoke. Have you tried this?  It’s really not all that hard. At all.  It just looks scary because, well, have you seen an artichoke? They’re pokey.  Like little, vegetative dinosaurs.

Artichoke Pasta Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette {Whole Wheat + Super Simple} - Food Faith Fitness #PompeianVarietals

How-ev-er, the slight peppery-ness of the olive oil not only paired ah-may-zing with the artichoke, but with a slight POP of lemon juice to create the simplest pasta salad to ever walk the earth.  Ya know, if pasta walked.  Never mind.

I was hoping to use the leftovers to have super easy lunches for Mr. FFF to bring to work…until he ate the WHOLE SALAD in ONE DAY.

At least I know it was good I guess?

Artichoke Pasta Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette {Whole Wheat + Super Simple} - Food Faith Fitness #PompeianVarietals

So, now that I’ve convinced you to try this new line of olive oils from Pompeian, what dinner staple in your house are you most excited to try them in?

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Artichoke Pasta Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette {Whole Wheat + Super Simple}
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Serves: 4-6
  • For the roasted artichokes:
  • 3 Whole artichokes
  • 6 Garlic cloves, peeled
  • Pompeian Varietals Olive Oil, for sprinkling
  • For the salad:
  • 8 oz Whole wheat spaghetti noodles
  • 3 Tablespoon Pine nuts
  • 2 Tbsp garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tsp Pompeian Varietals Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 Cup Fresh basil, thinly sliced
  • Fresh, grated Parmesan cheese, for topping
  • For the vinaigrette:
  • 2 Tbsp Pompeian Varietals Olive Oil
  • Juice of one, large lemon
  • Pinch of salt/pepper
  1. To roast the artichoke:
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  3. Cut off the top third and the bottom stem, right at the base, of each artichoke, so that they sit up straight.
  4. Place each artichoke on a large square of heavy duty tinfoil (or double layer of regular tinfoil) and stuff 2 garlic cloves into the top of each.
  5. Slightly spread the leaves apart with your fingers and drizzle each artichoke with olive oil, about 1 Tbsp or so.
  6. Wrap the tinfoil up tightly around each artichoke and place on a baking tray and into the oven until nice and soft, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. It could be slightly less and could be slightly more.
  7. Once the artichokes are roasted, let them cool until you can handle them.
  8. Pull each leaf off the artichokes(you can scrape off all the meat with your teeth if you like!) until you get to the base. Pop the bottom part off, which will reveal some furry looking stuff. Once you scrape that off, you have the artichoke heart!
  9. Repeat with remaining artichokes and thinly slice the hearts, and set aside. *
  10. To make the salad:
  11. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, and cook the pasta until al dente, about 8-9 minutes.
  12. While the pasta cooks, heat your oven to 400 degrees and toast the pine nuts until golden brown, about 5-7 minutes.
  13. Heat the 1 tsp olive oil in a small pan on medium/high heat and sauté the garlic until just golden brown, about 1-2 minutes.
  14. In a large bowl, toss together the cooked pasta, pine nuts,sauteed garlic, halved cherry tomatoes and sliced basil.
  15. Combine the olive oil, fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper and pour over the salad, tossing until evenly coated.
  16. Garnish with fresh, grated Parmesan cheese.
  17. DEVOUR
* If you want a good visual on how to roast, and peel, an artichoke check out this tutorial from Pinch My Salt

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  1. says

    Oh that is terrible about free birds – I am so sorry! The husband and I actually just watched that movie last weekend and thought it was pretty funny. I hope you are able to see it soon! This pasta salad is gorgeous! Where did you find that awesome bowl?! Pinned!!

    • Taylor Kiser says

      Nooo!! I will find another red box haha!
      Thanks girl…it was a wedding gift from Canada, so I have no idea! I’m sorry!!

  2. says

    Oh my word, this looks delish!! I love artichokes and I love whole wheat pasta. I apologize in advance for the drool marks on your webpage. 😀 And I have to say, I love your blog and am your newest follower. Woo to the Hoo!! LOL!

    • Taylor Kiser says

      Haha I totally LOL’d at this whole comment….Thanks so much Toodie! Pumped to have you here! Woo to the hoo indeed!! 😀

  3. Colleen says

    This looks absolutely delicious!! Love me a good pasta salad, and add artichokes and all those other yummy additives and this would be a total winner!! Awesome pics too!

  4. says

    Uhhh, I had a bad experience with Redbox disc too! Nothing like sitting down on the couch with warm popcorn and Pacific Rim doesn’t play because it’s so scratched! Bummer.

    This pasta sounds delicious! I’ve never roasted artichoke before, but I bet the flavors are amazing!

    • Taylor Kiser says

      UGH! Such a let down. At least you had popcorn. I did not :(

      Roasted artichokes are ah-may-zing girl! You gotta try it! :)

  5. says

    Can I just say you had me at artichoke?! I love artichokes (even though they do look kinda scary and my hub-hub J hates on them!) and I LOVE the look of this pasta salad – your photos are gorgeous! Pinned :)

  6. says

    Can I first just say I love the shape of your bowl? It’s perfect for pasta with all those curves! Looks like a beautiful pasta salad!

  7. says

    Yummy! I’m always disappointed when I expect to have leftovers but then everything gets gobbled up…but I think you’re right to look instead for the silver lining, that at least then we know it was delicious! Also, to echo what some people have said above, that bowl is GORGEOUS! Where ever did you get that?!

    • Taylor Kiser says

      Isn’t that the worst/best?! Thanks so much CakePants!
      I actually don’t know…it was a wedding gift from Canada, but I love it!!

  8. says

    Such a vibrant and fresh dish! I love the flavor combination. I’m intrigued by this turkey movie that you speak of, but I am so bad about watching movies. I wait forever to see movies and then forget that I ever wanted to see them :)

    • Taylor Kiser says

      Thank you Ashley!
      Haha, I am usually the same! But, I just really wanted to see this one, I am a sucker for cartoons!

  9. says

    I didn’t get cheesecake this week either and I’m still mad about it uh huh D: That’s changing on Friday I hope. M,eanwhile, I think that a big bowl of this lovely pasta could do. Oh guurrrrl it looks delish!

  10. says

    Great looking salad Taylor! And redbox has me so annoyed… it started out great when I first began renting stuff through them, but the last lik 5 movies we’ve rented have been so scratched that they skip like crazy and freeze part way through! Grrrrrr. Do you know you can go on their website and get a free credit for your next rental? But then you go to use your free rental and that one is scratched too, hahaha

  11. says

    I totally wanted to see that movie too!! But we haven’t exactly gotten around to it either… At least my guy enjoys animated movies. We actually went to see “Monsters University” for my birthday and “Brave” too! Seriously awesome having a boy who willingly watches my favorite Disney movies along with his scary/bloody/action/shoot-em-up movies too. Maybe we’ll just have to watch the movie in between BlogHer sessions! 😉

    Your photos look amazing for this pasta! Is this around when you started playing with the light? They look really bright and cheerful, and the colors really pop. Gorgeous! No wonder Mr. FFF ate it all in one day!!

  12. says

    How terrible that you’re having such bad luck with that movie. I would’ve made my hubby go rent it from a different red box, ha! 😉 Thank goodness you had this pasta salad yumminess to make things all better! I need to cook with artichokes more often.

  13. Dorothy Boucher says

    Hello :) I am new to your page :) I seen this and had to comment on it , talk about wow!! yummy Pasta happens to be one of my favorite dishes , I think I can eat it any way someone makes it.. lol with in reason heheh, thanks for share

    • Taylor Kiser says

      Haha! I am RIGHT with you Dorothy. I ADORE pasta because it’s SO yummy and versatile! It’s so great to have you here, I hope that you find lots of recipes that you like! Thanks for the comment, it means a lot! 😀

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