How to Make a Tortellini Salad.
The thing I love most about summer is the abundance of local produce that’s available at the markets and our farmers market. For Lisa, this time of year means the beach, suntans and summer vacation and since she just retired from teaching I guess her summer vacation just got extended! Which means more meals for me to prepare….lol
With summer in full swing and all those lovely fresh veggies to choose from, salads have become a bigger part of our menu selection. Too many of our friend’s salads are simply a bowl of lettuce with tomatoes, maybe a cucumber or a handful of store-bought croutons…..definitely not my idea of a salad. In our household salads are anything but boring and you never know what might end up in my salad bowl.
When teaching my students the fundamentals of salad prep, I give them a few simple guidelines to follow to motivate them and to start them thinking outside the box. I teach them to think components when building a salad, and that a good salad should always have a minimum of 4 components. Fruit is always a good choice, cheese is a must, and nuts often perk up a bland salad. But don’t stop there, once your thinking has been adjusted, you’ll understand that your salad bowl is like a blank canvas just waiting for you to create your next masterpiece.
For lunch yesterday I created a fairly simple salad adding a pasta component, and instead of fruit, I went with olives. My cheese was a mountain Picante Gorgonzola that added phenomenal flavor and depth to the salad and of course field-grown Jersey tomatoes and a little red onion for a contrasting flavor.
I used cheese tortellini for my pasta selection, but meat tortellini would have been a nice addition adding a more distinctive flavor to the salad. Served up on a bed of romaine with some garlic toasts, it was perfect summertime lunch, light yet satisfying. Of course, we ended the meal with a few slices of watermelon for dessert…..sigh, I do love summer!
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Remember salad doesn’t have to be boring, use that empty canvas to create your next masterpiece!