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September 28, 2007

Tortellini Salad

Tortellini Salad

Tortellini Salad is a quick, easy and delicious way to utilize those end of season veggies that are coming in in the garden and farmer's market right now. This is another good pot luck special and with no vinegar you could easily make it the day before to make things even more simple. Simple is always good.

What You'll Need:
1 - 8.9 ounce package of tortellini, cooked according to package directions (Note: This is an approximation as I don't know what other sizes the packages come in. Between 8-10 ounces would work fine. You can also pick whichever flavor you prefer. I chose spinach and ricotta.)
2 cups of tomatoes, chopped
2 cups of cucumbers sliced (Note: I like the little pickling cucumbers for this salad. They make perfect bite sized slices.)
1/3 cup of parmesan cheese
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Cook tortellini according to package directions, drain and sit aside to cool. (Note: If you want to do a rapid cool down you can drain the tortellini and then rinse it in cool water to cool it down quickly to use immediately.)

In a large bowl toss together cooked tortellini, tomatoes and cucumber. Add parmesan and toss. Stir in olive oil, oregano, a pinch of sea salt and freshly ground pepper and stir to coat. Serve immediately or put in the fridge and serve later.

Notes: Other end of the season veggies would be good in this too. Squash or zucchini would be a very nice addition, as would any late season peas. You could also add dried basil in addition to or in place of the oregano.

Posted by Dianne at September 28, 2007 11:39 AM

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I think I may bring this to a potluck I am going to next week! yummy!

Posted by: Monica at September 28, 2007 12:20 PM

I whipped this up for lunch today. It really hit the spot! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at September 28, 2007 12:31 PM

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