Aegean Artichoke & Penne Pasta Salad


6 baby artichokes 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/2 pound penne 1/2 cup tomato juice 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 lemon, juiced 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 tablespoons fresh parsley 3 tablespoons fresh basil, or 1 teaspoon dried 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 cup tomato, chopped 1/2 cup Kalamata olive 2 tablespoons capers 1/2 cup feta cheese


Cut stems off artichokes. Peel off tough outer leaves to reveal yellow-green hearts. Cut artichokes into quarters. Combine 1/4 cup lemon juice with 2 cups water in a medium bowl. Add artichokes to lemon water and toss to prevent discoloration. Drain. Steam artichokes until tender, about 20 minutes. chill. In a large pot, bring 2 quarts water to a rapid boil. Add 1 teaspoon salt and penne. Cook penne until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. To make salad dressing: combine tomato juice, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, basil, salt and pepper in a food processor or blender and puree for 30 seconds. Toss together artichokes, penne, capers, olives and feta cheese in a large bowl salad bowl. Pour dressing over and toss well.


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