Greek Tortillini Salad with Greek Marinaded Chicken and White Bean Salad
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Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad
White Bean Salad
When it's hot outside a simple light meal that doesn't heat up the kitchen is in order. These recipes can be eaten alone or combined. Make ahead of time and serve warm or cold for lunch, dinner, or as an appetizer.
Tortellini comes in several varieties. I like the spinach with three kinds of cheese from the deli section of the grocery store. In a All Clad Stock Pot - 4 qt. bring salted water to a soft boil to cook the tortellini noodles for 3 minutes, drain and let cool. Add the tortellini to a Thomas Pottery Leaf Serving Bowl. Add diced vegetables. Mix dressing in a Pyrex Glass Measuring Cup, pour over the dressing and gently toss. Serve on a bed of spring greens, with a slice of crusty bread drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.
You can cook a pot of fresh beans for this recipe or use a can of beans. Rinse beans in a strainer under cold water. Transfer to a Thomas Pottery Small Serving Bowl. Set aside. Dice onion, pepper and tomato and add to bowl. Make the dressing in a Pyrex Glass Measuring Cup. Pour dressing over bean and vegetable mixture, gently toss. Chill or serve at room temperature. You can easily change the taste of this salad by using different herbs. My favorite herbs are lemon thyme and lemon basil. Serve with tortilla chips for a tasty appetizer, or serve as a side dish.
Marinated chicken breasts or grilled vegetables are handy to add to any salad. This marinade is easy to mix up and is full of flavor. Cook on the grill or on the stovetop over medium high heat using an 8" Cast Iron Skillet. Cooks in about 5 minutes.
I grow several herbs each year to eat and to attract beneficial insects and pollinators to my vegetables. My herb bed is in the garden which is a little too far from the kitchen to add some last-minute parsley to a dish, so this year I added a planter box on my deck full of cooking herbs. A herb boutique is another way to have fresh herbs handy in the kitchen. Add a couple of zinnias and enjoy all week.
Thomas Pottery On-Line Store
All Clad Stock Pot - 4 qt.
OXO Good Vegetable Peeler
8" Cast Iron Skillet
Pyrex Glass Measuring Cup
chicken breasts or package of chicken tenders
package of tortillini pasta
container of spring mixed salad greens
2 colored bell peppers
2-tomato or 1 large container of cherry tomato
1red onion or 1 bunch green onion
1 head of garlic
1 bundle flat-leaf parsley
1 can navy beans or northern beans
dried herbs: oregano, basil, dill, thyme & rosemary
red wine vinegar
salt & pepper
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