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Pasta Salad, Eggplant, Peppers, Artichokes, Roasted Garlic Dressing

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Pasta Salad, Eggplant, Peppers, Artichokes, Roasted Garlic Dressing

Pasta Salad, Eggplant, Peppers, Artichokes, Roasted Garlic Dressing

Pasta Salad, Eggplant, Peppers, Artichokes, Roasted Garlic Dressing.

It’s unclear where this recipe evolved but it sure has been a dish with enough happy taste testers to make an occasional repeat performance over a broad range of gatherings for somewhere around thirty years!


From potlucks and tailgating, to one of the featured salads served alongside a whole grilled beef tenderloin for my sister Carolyn’s Birthday celebration at our recent bi-annual family reunion down the Jersey shore, this tasty side certainly dishes up a classic combination of enduring flavors with a nice little added twist.


Generally, the roasted garlic combined with fresh lemon juice and olive oil dressing is like the secret sauce that provides the not quite so easily distinguished taste and flavor depth that sets it apart from pasta salad with more commonly dressed ingredients.

I’m so pleased to finally be able to share the recipe with you today after a couple of delays here and there. In the midst of my usual multi tasking and be-bopping around to household details, I, one morning, moving at my usual faster than light speed, took a nice tumble down the second story steps of my house with an oversized basket of laundry causing a loud cracking sound in my back as descending stairs while continuously whacking by step into the wide woodwork lining the banister.

It is rather fascinating what goes through ones mind in such an occurrence between screaming while simultaneously thinking ‘I just have to get down the shore to say good bye to my sister Carolyn and brother in-law Roger before they went back to Vegas and, I broke my collarbone.’ Thank God. I didn’t. 

I was miraculously able to get up even in such a state of shock but was down for the count with Advil’s and a constant heating pad for the remainder of the day. I literally laid against the heating pad in the passenger seat the very next day going down the shore and avoided carrying any beach chairs over the next couple of days. I gratefully got to enjoy and see Carolyn and Roger off to a farewell following a very fun two weeks.


Gradually feeling better each day, the back pain and tightness earlier required a bit too much energy for me to shop, prep, cook and photograph all in a day.

I’m not sour lemons for things could have been far worse, and I am very, very grateful it was not. Meanwhile, Spiced Peach Blog’s 4th anniversary then came and went without so much as even a post, let alone some fun peach recipe, and certainly not any peach picking.

In the end it just goes to show you that no matter from steps to shore there was no deterring photographing and sharing this old time favorite: Pasta Salad, Eggplant, Peppers, Artichokes, Roasted Garlic Dressing.

From your potluck and gathering of friends, to the tailgate or family reunion, here’s to one enduring Pasta Salad that continues to be much enjoyed by all!

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