Salads and Vegetables: Salads: Artichoke and Roasted Red Pepper Salad

An artistic artichoke salad with adult tastes in mind.

Author: California Artichoke Advisory Board
Date: November 21, 2007

Suggestions: Chill dressing. Arrange salad, then cover and refrigerate up to 4 hours ahead. Spoon dressing over salads just before serving.

Serves: 8 person(s)

Preparation Time: 50 mins
Cooking Time: 8 mins
Extra Time: 40 mins (for pre-cooking artichokes)

Ingredients:

    8 medium California artichokes, prepared and cooked whole
    4 red bell peppers
    8 lettuce leaves (optional)
    1/2 cup sliced red onion
    1/2 cup sliced ripe olives
    1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
    1/4 cup white wine or cider vinegar
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
    1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
    1 tsp sugar

Directions:

    ARTICHOKES AND PEPPERS: Cut cooked artichokes in half lengthwise; scoop out center petals and fuzzy centers. Remove outer leaves and reserve to garnish salad, or refrigerate to use for snacks another time. Thinly slice hearts. Cover and set aside.

    Place whole bell peppers under preheated broiler; broil under high heat until charred on all sides, turning frequently with tongs. Carefully remove from oven with tongs; place in a paper bag for 15 minutes to steam skins. Carefully remove peppers from bag; remove seeds and ribs. Strip off pepper skins and slice peppers into julienne strips.

    ROASTED RED PEPPER DRESSING: In blender or food processor, place 1/4 of the bell pepper strips, vinegars, garlic, basil, rosemary and sugar. Cover and process until well blended and nearly smooth.

    ASSEMBLE SALADS: On 8 salad plates, arrange reserved cooked artichoke leaves or lettuce leaves. Arrange sliced artichoke hearts, remaining 3/4 of the bell pepper strips, red onion and olive slices on artichoke or lettuce leaves. Spoon dressing over salads.

Variations:

    If fresh basil and rosemary are unavailable, substitute 1 teaspoon crushed, dried basil; and 1/2 teaspoon crushed dried rosemary.

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Nutritional Information
(Per Serving)

Calories:105 cals
Kilojoules:440 kJ
Fat:1.0 g
Carbohydrates:19.0 g
Protein:5.0 g
Cholesterol:0.0 mg
Sodium:150 mg
Saturated Fat:1.8 g
Fiber:5.0 g
Calcium:70.0 mg
Total Sugars:4.0 g

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