My grocery bills have been ridiculous recently – something that doesn’t make me happy but my typical excuse? The blog and my general love of good food. Regardless of the excuse I use, I had some frozen artichoke ravioli in the freezer that had been there for at least a year. Meaning that I would have to forgo that beautiful pumpkin & sage ravioli that I saw at the store and use what I have. Repeat: use what I have. (Repetition means your learning, right?)

Despite the large amount of ice crystals in the package, along with some cucumber and artichokes, it hardly felt like I was cleaning out the freezer. I couldn’t wait to have the leftovers for lunch. See, I’ve learned already.

Artichoke Ravioli Pasta Salad - 2-3 servings

  • 1-9 oz package artichoke, cheese & olive ravioli (I had a Trader Joe’s version)
  • 2 cups thinly sliced cucumbers, halved
  • 1 cup quartered artichokes
  • 2 Tbsp kalamata olives, sliced

Prepare pasta as directed. Let cool. Separate pasta onto plates and top with cucumbers, artichokes, olives and drizzle with shallot dressing.

Shallot Dressing

  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1/2 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • salt & pepper

Whisk all ingredients together until emulsified.

24 Comments (Reply )

  1. Mo@MommyRD
    May 27, 2010 @ 9:28 am

    What a beautiful presentation of “using things up.” A lesson I have yet to learn. (My freezer is so full that I can barely close it.)

    I need to try that dressing. I just opened some white balsamic and kind of realized I don’t have much to use it for.

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  2. Mo@MommyRD
    May 27, 2010 @ 9:28 am

    What a beautiful presentation of “using things up.” A lesson I have yet to learn. (My freezer is so full that I can barely close it.)

    I need to try that dressing. I just opened some white balsamic and kind of realized I don’t have much to use it for.

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  3. Erika (Dr.TriRunner)
    May 27, 2010 @ 11:41 am

    Your plating turns something simple into something so beautiful!! Love it.

    I have some canned items that I need to work on clearing out. I’m moving back to the old ‘hood at the end of June, and although I could easily just bring all the “old” food over to the “new” house, I’d like to use things up that I already have.

    That does NOT however mean that I won’t be making a trip to United Noodle tonight. Have you ever been there? It’s AMAZING!

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  4. Erika (Dr.TriRunner)
    May 27, 2010 @ 11:41 am

    Your plating turns something simple into something so beautiful!! Love it.

    I have some canned items that I need to work on clearing out. I’m moving back to the old ‘hood at the end of June, and although I could easily just bring all the “old” food over to the “new” house, I’d like to use things up that I already have.

    That does NOT however mean that I won’t be making a trip to United Noodle tonight. Have you ever been there? It’s AMAZING!

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  5. savoringsarah
    May 27, 2010 @ 12:32 pm

    Ooooo, you had me at “artichoke” :)

    Shallot vinaigrettes are the best…so easy too! I like adding a splash of wine into mine for a little hmmm-hmmmmm ;)

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  6. savoringsarah
    May 27, 2010 @ 12:32 pm

    Ooooo, you had me at “artichoke” :)

    Shallot vinaigrettes are the best…so easy too! I like adding a splash of wine into mine for a little hmmm-hmmmmm ;)

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  7. erin
    May 27, 2010 @ 12:36 pm

    Another scrumptious-looking meal! My grocery bill has been out of this world lately, too, and unfortunatley (or maybe fortunately, depending on how you look at it!), my freezer is completely bare, so another shopping trip is in order. :) I just bought white balsamic at Golden Fig that I’ve been dying to try, so this would be perfect!

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  8. erin
    May 27, 2010 @ 12:36 pm

    Another scrumptious-looking meal! My grocery bill has been out of this world lately, too, and unfortunatley (or maybe fortunately, depending on how you look at it!), my freezer is completely bare, so another shopping trip is in order. :) I just bought white balsamic at Golden Fig that I’ve been dying to try, so this would be perfect!

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  9. Jennifer
    May 27, 2010 @ 6:15 pm

    Glad you can justify the grocery bill. If you ever need to justify spending just come see me – I am the queen of it! :) xoxo this meal looks DELISH!!

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  10. Jennifer
    May 27, 2010 @ 6:15 pm

    Glad you can justify the grocery bill. If you ever need to justify spending just come see me – I am the queen of it! :) xoxo this meal looks DELISH!!

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  11. Nicole @ Making Good Choices
    May 27, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

    Oh wait, we should use what we have first?? I need to practice that motto. I, also, have been spending an insane amount of money on food, but we haven’t really been eating out, so that’s how I justify it.

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  12. Nicole @ Making Good Choices
    May 27, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

    Oh wait, we should use what we have first?? I need to practice that motto. I, also, have been spending an insane amount of money on food, but we haven’t really been eating out, so that’s how I justify it.

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  13. thehealthyjunky
    May 27, 2010 @ 8:41 pm

    This looks great! I love your creativity! I need to go to Trader Joe’s and get me some of that ravioli

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  14. thehealthyjunky
    May 27, 2010 @ 8:41 pm

    This looks great! I love your creativity! I need to go to Trader Joe’s and get me some of that ravioli

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  15. Faith
    May 28, 2010 @ 8:00 am

    I wish my “use it up” dishes were that appetizing! That looks delish, and I’m totally impressed that there’s only one ravioli on your plate (mine would have had at least 2…err, three…maybe 4 ;)

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  16. Faith
    May 28, 2010 @ 8:00 am

    I wish my “use it up” dishes were that appetizing! That looks delish, and I’m totally impressed that there’s only one ravioli on your plate (mine would have had at least 2…err, three…maybe 4 ;)

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