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Summer veggies, cheese tortellini and Italian dressing combine to make this crave-worthy pasta salad.MORE+LESS-


cups cooked cheese tortellini


cup diced fresh zucchini (1-inch dice)


cup diced fresh summer squash (1-inch dice)


cup grape tomatoes, diced


cup diced fresh red pepper


cup sliced black olives

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    Combine all ingredients and toss well. Let sit for 10-15 minutes before eating, or chill until ready to serve.

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  • Cold pasta + fresh vegetables + vinaigrette = A whole lot of pasta salad lovin’.

    Make it a cold cheese tortellini pasta and it’s positively swoon-worthy! This easy Veggie-Lovers Tortellini Pasta Salad is the kind of summer salad that works equally well on a barbecue table as it does eaten from a storage container at the beach (and totally passed around between friends).

    Heck, sometimes, this is the salad that you eat a few bites of while standing in front of the fridge to ward off hunger while you’re waiting for dinner. It’s good anytime, and the fact that it’s filled with fresh veggies makes it all the better. Swear.

    Summer is in full swing now, and that means there is a whole world of fresh, vibrant veggies waiting to be sliced, diced and enjoyed in delicious summer salads. Hit up your local farmers markets for the best summer squash, zucchini, tomatoes and more. These are perfect for mixing into a fantastic pasta (ahem, tortellini pasta) salad.

    Farmers Market Produce

    Have you been to your local farmers market yet? If not, then you should definitely make a point to go. It’s a wonderful experience where you can get up close and personal with the produce you’ll be eating – and also chat with the folks who grow it. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, even if they feel silly in the moment.

    More of a Fresh Good Thing

    If you like vegetable recipes, here are some more fresh ideas for your picnic table or summer snacking:

    Beer-Cheese Dip with Fresh Veggies
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    What's your fave summer veggie?

    Sarah W. Caron (aka scaron) is a food writer, editor and blogger who writes about family-friendly foods and raising a healthy family at Sarah’s Cucina Bella.

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Veggie Lover's Pasta Salad

Welcome to the July, Group D, reveal day for Secret Recipe Club! I hope you will take a moment to visit the Secret Recipe Club if you've never heard of it before - it is a wonderful group of food bloggers who are given a secret assignment of another member's blog each month and our goal is to pick ANYTHING from their blog to make and post about on our designated reveal day!

For the month of August, I was assigned to "Without Adornment" and immediately fell in love with the beautiful flowered background and the gorgeous soft colors of her photos for this recipe. Her blog header says "My Quest to Be Myself". at this point in my life that phrase means a LOT to me. I am making some very big changes in my life for that purpose to be myself, true to myself, honest with myself, trusting in and caring for myself. It's hard. It can be really, really painful to just be yourself sometimes. It doesn't seem like it should be that big of a deal, but it really can be and so I connected with this blog right away. Learn more about Bean here. You will find some very cool photos of her, and a particularly cute one of her and her hubby. She confesses her love of cooking and baking, and due to allergies / intolerances her recipes are typically gluten, egg, dairy, and refined sugar free. If you haven't read her about me page go check it out. I was very moved and may have wiped a tear or two away by the end.

I visited the Recipe Index, and immediately was drawn to the Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa - I have been wanting to make these at home!! I kept browsing and came across Homemade Applesauce, Strawberry Daiquiris (I've been wanting an excuse to buy some coconut rum), Pork Chop Stroganoff, Slow Cooker Lamb Stew, Swedish Meatball Stew, and this Veggie Lover's Pasta Salad. I want to try them all.

I opted for the veggie lover's pasta salad. I love, love pasta salad and it's such a great summer side dish. I tweaked to fit what I had on hand, and preferences (omitted artichokes and raw bell pepper and replaced with carrots and mushrooms, and subbed some mozzarella for the feta cheese). The dressing is light and fresh with lemon juice and simple spices, and this makes a perfect side dish or a great base to add meat to (like grilled chicken) for a one dish summery dinner! Delicious!

Vegetable Lover’s Pasta Salad adapted from Without Adornment

12-oz garden rotini noodles, uncooked
1 cup grape tomatoes, cut into halves
2-3 stalks of celery, chopped
1 large carrot, julienned or diced into thin rounds
5 - 6 large mushrooms, rinsed and diced
3 cheese sticks, diced into small chunks
Optional: 1/2 cup diced salami chunks

Dressing ingredients
1/2 c. olive oil
3 TBS lemon juice
2 tsp minced garlic
2 - 3 TBS parsley
salt, pepper, other spices to taste

Recipe Summary

  • 1 (8 ounce) package pasta spirals
  • ¼ cup diced sweet onion
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and minced
  • ½ fresh hot chile pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cucumber, seeded and chopped
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ground black pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil cook the pasta spirals at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes drain. Rinse pasta with cold water until cool drain.

Toss drained pasta, sweet onion, green bell pepper, chile pepper, tomatoes, and cucumber together in a large bowl.

Whisk olive oil, tomato sauce, lime juice, red wine vinegar, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper together in a separate bowl drizzle over the pasta mixture and stir to coat.

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