Summertime Tortellini

Lemon and mustard are the flavor ingredients in this side salad dressing recipe. Add grilled chicken to the salad for a main dish.

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  • Makes: 10 servings
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Chill: 2 hrs
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Summertime Tortellini
Ingredients
3
tablespoons lemon juice
1
teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
1/2
teaspoon sugar
1/4
teaspoon salt
1
clove garlic, minced
2
9 ounce package refrigerated cheese tortellini
1
pound asparagus spears (about 16 spears), cut into 1-inch pieces and halved lengthwise
2
tablespoons olive oil
1/2
cup finely shredded Romano or Parmesan cheese
4
green onions, sliced
5
red or yellow sweet peppers, halved and seeded
Directions
  1. Combine lemon peel, lemon juice, mustard, sugar, salt, and garlic in a screw-top jar. Cover and shake well. Chill for 2 to 24 hours.
  2. Cook tortellini in a large saucepan according to package directions, adding asparagus to pan for the last minute of cooking time; drain. Rinse tortellini and asparagus with cold water; drain again.
  3. Toss tortellini-asparagus mixture with olive oil in a very large bowl or container. Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours. Seal chopped sweet pepper, cheese, green onion, nuts, and sweet pepper halves in separate self-sealing plastic bags.
  4. Transport all ingredients in an insulated cooler with ice packs. To serve, stir chopped pepper, cheese, green onion, and nuts into tortellini-asparagus mixture. Shake dressing; pour over all, tossing lightly to coat. Spoon mixture into sweet pepper halves. Makes 10 side-dish servings.
Nutrition Facts (Summertime Tortellini)
    Per serving:
  • 171 kcal cal.,
  • 8 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat,
  • 15 mg chol.,
  • 226 mg sodium,
  • 19 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 8 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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