Friday, July 26, 2019

Yummy Non-Traditional Pasta Salads with Three Bridges

Most people know how to make a traditional pasta salad -- grab the rotini, cucumbers, olives, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, and Italian dressing -- but why follow the traditional approach when summer is about bringing people together with delicious eats that can only be fully appreciated a few months out of the year?

With summer really just starting to heat up, here are 3 non-traditional pasta salad recipes (that any non-chef can easily make) that feature the pasta salad's often under-appreciated sibling -- tortellini!


Looking For a Sweet Treat? The Tortellini Melon Salad is truly a no brainer; all you need is fresh fruit ( recommended watermelon and cantaloupe), herbs (basil and mint), feta cheese and olive oil. This serves as a perfect side dish that’s sneakily addicting, you’ll be coming back for seconds and thirds without even realizing it.

Ingredients:
  • 1 18 oz pkg Three Bridges Triple Cheese Tortellini Family Size
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cups watermelon (or a mix of preferred melon), 1" cubes
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint leaves, chiffonade
  • 4 oz feta, crumbled
  • salt & black pepper to taste
Instructions:
  • Cook tortellini according to instructions. Let cooked pasta cool in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes
  • While tortellini cools, cut melons into 1" cubes discarding rind and seeds (where applicable).
  • Once tortellini is cold, combine tortellini, olive oil, melon, herbs, and feta then carefully mix.
  • Top salad with a few herb leaves, Serve & Enjoy!


A Heftier Meat Dish, Perhaps? A Deconstructed Turkey and Tortellini Salad is light and fresh with diced celery, red onions, and dried cranberries, but also serves as a heartier snack with fresh turkey chunks (can also be swapped for ham, prosciutto, or whichever meat is calling to you that day!). This dish is reminiscent of Thanksgiving, fulfilling turkey cravings in July, but utilizes a light mayo spread and fresh lemon juice to make it the perfect, light summer salad.

Ingredients:
  • 1-18 oz pkg Three Bridges Triple Cheese Tortellini or Rainbow Tortellini
  • 2 Cups cooked turkey, diced 1"
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries or cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste
Instructions:
  • Cook the Three Bridges Triple Cheese Tortellini according to package directions. Rinse with cold water to chill then drain well.
  • In a large bowl, combine cooked tortellini and the rest of the ingredients. Gently mix all ingredients to coat.
  • Serve with lettuce cups, toast, french roll, or just out of the bowl. Enjoy!


Or Flavors Galore with a Mexican Flare? Tortellini Salad with Pan Roasted Corn, Poblano Chiles, and Creme Fraiche is for anyone who loves bold and unique twists on traditional dishes. A little heat from the peppers is nicely complemented by the creme fraiche sauce and additions like cherry tomatoes, diced zucchini, and fresh cilantro make every bite packed with mouth-watering flavor. 

Ingredients:
  • 9 oz pkg Three Bridges Triple Cheese Tortellini
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh corn, pan-roasted
  • 1 poblano chile, de-seeded and diced 1⁄2”
  • 1 cup zucchini, diced 1⁄2”
  • 1 cup crème Fraiche
  • 1⁄4 cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste
Instructions:
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil, cook pasta according to instructions on the package. Drain and rinse under cool water and set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Carefully add the chile and corn and reduce heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring frequently until the corn and chile have char marks, about 5 minutes. Pour into a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the tomatoes, zucchini, and tortellini to mixing bowl. Add the crème Fraiche and season with salt and pepper. Gently toss together. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  • Pour the salad into a serving dish and top with the cilantro leaves. Serve and enjoy!

Time to ditch the traditional pasta salad! Cheese tortellini can become your go-to pasta choice for fun and easy summer salads, with just a few ingredients and cooking steps. 

1 comment:

  1. I would enjoy any of thee Pasta Salads with Three Bridges. I like salads in the summer and I do love Tortellini for sure!

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