Monday, July 16, 2012

Summer Salad

Susan Branch is one of my favorite illustrators.
It's called Pasta Salad.
Simple and soooo delicious.

Lots of fresh vegetables!
Cork screw pasta and cheese tortellini.
Ummmmm good.

Pasta Salad

1 lb. corkscrew pasta
1/2 lb tortellini with cheese
1/2 C. plus 1 Tbs. olive oil
6 cloves garlic minced
1 bunch broccoli, in small flowerettes
2 med. zucchini, sliced & quartered
1 1/2 snow peas (or frozen)
2 sweet red peppers, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 6oz. can pitted black olives
4 tomatoes, chopped
1 C. Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 C. Romaon cheese, grated
freshly ground pepper

Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain & put into a large bowl.
Pour oil into saucepan; add garlic & cook slowly till garlic is light brown.
Set aside to cool.
Lightly blanch broccoli, zucchini, and snow peas ~ refresh in cold water & set aside. Toss the pasta with garlic oil~ add rest of ingredients & toss very gently.

Two things of importance: don't let garlic get dark-colored while cooking in oil AND don't overcook the blanched veggies~ they should be firm in shape, but tender to the bite.
Best served at room temperature.



  1. Christine
    This sounds and looks like a winner to me. I know my hubby would love it too. I can't wait to get home to try it!

  2. Sounds yummy!

    And that picture of the front door is so serene, I love it.

  3. I love her illustrations, too. :)

    thanks for sharing the recipe and for commenting on my last post -
    regarding Karen Mains.
    I have never read or heard of that book. I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

  4. This looks so light and summery!! thank you! blessings ~ tanna

  5. Christine,
    This looks like a perfect summertime meal, either for lunch or dinner.

    Hugs, Viola

  6. MMMMMMMMMMM...looks wonderful, even at 6:13 am. lol.
    I dooo love me some red bell peppers lolol.

  7. Just saw the cool follow up to your great coffee encounter. So fun!

    As for this, it looks delicious, especially with the tortellini included. I am not one of those "just throw it in and it will taste good" pasta salad cooks. I wish I were, but I need a recipe.


  8. This is part of why I love this time of year...good salads...all types, and this sounds wonderful and would fit in a jar to go on a picnic

  9. This sounds so good! I would love to try it, but my hubby and I are both allergic to cheese. I'm going to try to figure out what to substitute for the cheese part. The rest looks super yummy.

  10. I love finding new summer salad recipes, Christine, and this looks like a keeper. Thanks for sharing.
    Enjoy your week.

  11. We love some pasta salad here. I will have to try that one. Looks delicious!

  12. This looks delicious.. My husband would love this!!. Thank you for posting!
    Robyn :)

  13. Susan Branch is one of my favorite writers and illustrators too. Thanks so much for sharing this good looking recipe. I know my family would like this.

  14. Hi, This looks so good! These are the times I miss gluten; I could make my own but yours looks so much better than mine would look.
    Hugs, Noreen

  15. Honey, where are my tennis shoes?

    Love you. tomg

  16. I love her, delightful and down to earth. I have several of her cookbooks...I'll have to look this up! :)


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