Artichoke and Roasted Red Pepper Salad with Roasted Red Pepper Dressing

Artichoke and Roasted Red Pepper Salad with Roasted Red Pepper Dressing
An approved California 5 a Day recipe created with adult tastes in mind.

Ingredients Salad:
  • 8 medium California artichokes, prepared and cooked as directed for whole artichokes
  • 4 red bell peppers
  • Lettuce leaves (optional)
  • ½ cup sliced red onion
  • ½ cup sliced ripe olives

Ingredients Roasted Red Pepper Dressing:
  • 1 roasted red bell pepper (reserved from salad preparation)
  • ⅓ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup white wine or cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil*
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary*
  • 1 tsp sugar

Instructions:
  1. Halve cooked artichokes 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; set aside.
  2. 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 skins; slice peppers into julienne strips.
  3. Prepare Dressing: In blender or food processor container, place ¼ of the bell pepper strips, vinegars, garlic, basil, rosemary and sugar. Cover and process until well blended and nearly smooth.
  4. Assemble Salads: Arrange reserved cooked artichoke leaves or lettuce leaves on 8 salad plates. Arrange sliced artichoke hearts, remaining ¾ of the bell pepper strips, red onion and olive slices on artichoke or lettuce leaves.
  5. Spoon dressing over salads.

*NOTE: If fresh basil and rosemary are unavailable, substitute 1 teaspoon crushed, dried basil; and ½ teaspoon crushed dried rosemary.

Serving Suggestion: Chill dressing: Arrange salad; cover and refrigerate up to 4 hours ahead. Spoon dressing over salads just before serving.

Yield: Makes 8 salads.

Nutrients Per Serving: Calories 88; Protein 4.7 g; Carbohydrate 19 g; Fat 1 g; Calories from fat 12%; Calories from saturated fat 2%; Sodium 189 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Dietary fiber 5 g.

Courtesy California Artichoke Advisory Board