Recipe: Summer Pasta Salad
Depending on where you live you may be starting to enjoy some warmer temperatures and spring weather! Cooking along with the season changes is a great way to draw inspiration. During the springtime, you may find yourself moving away from roasting veggies or adding them to a soup, but perhaps not quite ready yet for summer salads. Here is where a veggie filled pasta salad comes in! This one is a favorite. A great thing about it too is that it’s very customizable and doesn’t take very strict measuring - you add from the heart with this one! It can also easily be accommodated for certain dietary restrictions by substituting or removing certain items. Tortellini Pasta Salad:
1 package tortellini cooked according to the directions (let cool)
Chickpeas (another bean of your choice could also work well such as another white bean)
Fresh tomatoes or sun dried tomatoes
Cheese cubes or mozzarella balls
Salami or pepperoni
The next (and only step really) after deciding what you want to add is throwing it all in a large bowl or container and mixing it together. Besides preparing the tortellini, there’s very little preparation for any of the other ingredients; many of the items come in cans or jars. A pasta salad can also be used as a side dish to your spring meals such as grilling up a protein and serving this with it. Additionally, it can serve as a meal on its own or even a yummy quick snack! Just prepare, keep refrigerated, and enjoy however you wish until you polish it off and are already planning your next batch!