I had a great afternoon of having ladies over for lunch.
I called it "Lunch and Laughter!"
My goal was to relax just a smidge before the cherubs got out of school for the Summer!
I made it super easy by serving
- Cathedral Chicken Salad (recipe link here: http://karen-proverbs31.blogspot.com/2012/01/cathedral-chicken-salad.html)
- My favorite Spinach Salad (recipe link here: http://karen-proverbs31.blogspot.com/2011/03/another-salad-dressing.html)
- Deli Pasta Salad
- Creamy Limeade Cake (recipe link here: http://karen-proverbs31.blogspot.com/2012/09/creamy-limade-pound-cake.html)
I am all the time trying pasta salad recipes.
I want to make good pasta salad.
But I honestly don't have the knack!
It can't be hard,
but for me . . .
But, I finally think I've succeeded!
You try it and see what you think!
Deli Pasta Salad
1 (19-oz.) package frozen cheese tortellini
1/4 cup sliced green olives
1/4 cup sliced black olives
1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
2 tablespoons chopped sweet onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon herbs de Provence*
1/4 cup canola oil
Salt to taste
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Cook tortellini according to package directions; drain. Plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain and place in large bowl. Stir in chicken and next 5 ingredients.
Whisk together mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, and herbs de Provence. Add oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly until smooth. Pour over tortellini mixture, tossing to coat. Stir in salt to taste. Cover and chill at least 25 minutes. Garnish, if desired.
1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning may be substituted for the herbs de Provence.
To make this a complete meal, add 1 (12-oz.) can albacore tuna, rinsed and drained well, or grilled chicken. Prepare recipe as directed.