When you're feeding a big group it can be tough to get all the timing with food right. It's always nice to have something that you can quickly prepare ahead of time and pull out of the fridge when you need it. This cheese tortellini summer salad is just that. It's so easy to make and is full of summer flavors. Citrus, zucchini and garden herbs keep this salad fresh and light. Say goodbye to the standard pasta salad of yester-year and try something different!
Serve it hot or cold. Your choice.
Cheese Tortellini Summer Salad
- 1 large package of cheese tortellini
- 1 tbsp of fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbsp of fresh lemon zest
- 3 tbsp of olive oil
- 1 clove of garlic minced or pressed
- 2 small zucchinis
- 1 cup of green peas
- 1/2 cup fresh green herbs (we like Italian parsley and basil)
- salt & pepper
Cook the cheese tortellini (in a large saucepan on your stove-top) as per the instructions on the package. This is generally 8 minutes in salted, boiling water.
While the pasta is cooking use a peeler to create zucchini strips.
Cut your fresh herbs and set them aside. If you're using frozen peas measure out a cup and run cold water over them to help them thaw. Strain the pasta and leave a few tablespoons of the water so that the tortellini doesn't dry out and stick together.
Squeeze the fresh lemon juice over the pasta and use a microplane to grate in the lemon zest.
Add the olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir the pasta well. Add the thawed peas, herbs and zucchini strips.
Mix this together and scoop it into a serving bowl. You can save any leftovers and reheat them as a side dish for about a week.