My Tortellini Salad * photo by Suzanne
I love pasta...although, a little too much, I suppose. From time to time, I throw together this special salad, that is a treat in my house. Originally, I acquired the recipe from my Southern Living magazine in 2002, and over time, I have...well, you know...changed it up
just a bit.
I'm one of those 'throw-together-good-stuff' kind of people, and, I know what you like!
Get some tortellini, of any kind you like...one or two 9 oz. packages
1 can Artichoke Hearts
Luncheon Salami ( I use beef cotto salami, about 4 slices)
Onion, or Green Onion (chopped)
Black Olives (sliced)
Fresh chopped garlic (my pick)
Lemon Pepper (my addition)
Lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
Shredded Parmesan cheese (my addition)
Caesar salad dressing
I think that's all of the ingredients, unless you want to variate with some cooked chicken, which is also good...and lightly sauteed mushrooms, mmm! The lemon juice and garlic are my additions...I stir the juice and garlic together in a little bowl, and toss the cooked tortellini with it before adding the remaining ingredients.
I cut and slice all of my veggies before cooking the tortellini, so it's all ready to go. Since I use sliced salami, I cut the slices into squares, as you can see in my photo. The tortellini is cooked to tenderness (just a little bit of canola oil in the water), drained in cold water and, transferred to the salad bowl.
* Lightly season cooled tortellini with lemon pepper
* Toss the tortellini with lemon juice and garlic mixture
* Add onion, black olives, and salami
* I cut the Artichoke Hearts into bite sized pieces, and
gently fold into salad
*Lightly toss the salad with shredded Parmesan cheese
Now, I leave the dressing up to you.
I love Caesar salads, but, store-bought Caesar dressings are too salty for me, so I just use a Kraft Italian dressing. I like the 'Sun-dried Tomato' dressing on my Tortellini salad, it's not as salty.
Tortellini Salad * photo by Suzanne
And, now...I promised my 'cohort' over at MyTexasGardens that I would 'implore' of you, my dear readers, to participate in a sharing event that she is planning for her garden blog. Susan is working on a 'windowsill' 'photo-sharing' (not a contest) post for early October. She would love to post any photo of your own that you might have of a windowsill with, say, flowers, fruit and vegetables, knick-knacks, etc., or with nothing at all on it. Susan wants you all to email your photo to her no later than September 25th, so she can get started on the post and display all of your photos. Please include your name, city, state and country. However, if you prefer not to have your name used, just let us know. And, if you wish to give your photo a title, please do so. So far, she has received 2 photos, and, she will probably write a quick post from MyTexasGardens with her plan and request. This request also includes you guy(s)!!! Please indulge her...
so she'll get off my back!
I didn't say that...
Here's an example
My Bumper Crop Tomatoes, lol!
Thank you all for humoring me with your gracious visits, I really enjoy the sharing and fun that blogging has brought me. Believe me...having penpals as a kid was fun, but, blogging brings it all much closer to home. I look forward to hearing your news, seeing your wonderful photos, and, at the same time, I have learned so much from you. Stop by anytime and say hello!
Kraft Salad Dressings
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