Friday, June 3, 2011

$5 Fridays: When it's too hot to cook!

With the scorching hot weather we’ve had this week in the Northeast, I’ve begun to shift my menu planning back to cool, light, summer dishes. I think this Tortellini Salad is just perfect for warmer weather. And, you can use just about any vegetable from the farmer’s market or your CSA basket!
Tortellini Salad
1 1/2 lb  cooked tortellini ($2.30 at Wegmans when you buy the Club Pack)
1/4 - 1/2 c Italian Dressing (about $.20 if you make your own)
2 cups raw or slightly cooked vegetables, cut to bite-size -- I like zucchini, broccoli, or sweet peppers (varies, but you can find seasonal veggies for under $1/lb)
1 cup of cubed cheese -- Mozzarella works great in this salad (2.00)
No instructions needed -- just mix everything together and chill. Serves 4.
This is so easy to throw together, and when you use fresh vegetables and herbs, absolutely delicious!
Total Price=$5.50
If you have an extra dollar or two, some cubed ham or marinated artichoke hearts would  add some salty, savory goodness. 

2 Comments:

At June 3, 2011 at 7:44 AM , Blogger Brad said...

Sarah,

Do you tend to use meat or cheese tortellini for these?

 
At June 3, 2011 at 8:19 AM , Blogger Sarah said...

I always use cheese tortellini for 2 reasons: First, it's usually cheaper, and second, my family prefers the taste of the cheese-filled tortellini.

 

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