This is a tasty salad that is great for lunch and hearty enough for dinner.
For the salad:
1 can artichoke hearts in water chopped
6 sun-dried tomatoes sliced
1 sliced English cucumber
1 box pasta spirals
1/2 cup chopped kalamata olives
freshly grated Parmesan cheese
cook pasta, cool and add all ingredients except the cheese.
1 cup low sodium V-8
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 minced garlic cloves
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
salt and pepper
Put the above in a food processor, blender or magic bullet and spin until dressing like. Add salt, pepper, and oil if needed to get to the right consistency. Pour over pasta and add cheese. The great thing about this is you can add whatever you want to this. Broccoli, Pine Nuts and Mushrooms are great additions.