In 2002 we ran away from Illinois where we were born and raised, and started a new life in SW Florida. This blog is about me (an eccentric old artist), ROM (my Real Old Man), Isabella (our neurotic Standard Poodle) and Emmy (our crazy snake killing Jack Russell Terrier). Oh- and the neighborhood old people. Life is good in Florida!

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Tortellini and Broccoli Salad Recipe Perfect For Hot Humid Weather

Seems we're finally out of the drought mode in SW FL. We haven't had a summer with normal rainfall amounts in years, but this summer looks like we're finally getting back to normal. I woke up to rain this morning and storm clouds to the east...



Storm clouds to the west...




A soggy side yard...



And toadstools in my front yard...


The rain was long gone by noon and then it was just hot and humid. It's that time of year that heavy foods just aren't appealing so I looked thru my summer recipes and decided a chilled tortellini and broccoli salad sounded good. I'm going to take the basic recipe and make it a bit more interesting by adding some pine nuts, cheese, bacon, and black olives. I think we'll have this over the weekend with a hunk of good bread. It will be the perfect supper after a day at the beach (or after sitting on the lanai watching it rain all day- you know the quote "The best laid schemes o' mice an' men"). Can't control the winter but I can make a yummy Tortellini and Broccoli Salad...

 Tortellini and Broccoli Salad

Ingredients:
6 slices bacon
20 ounce bag o frozen cheese-filled tortellini
3 heads fresh broccoli, cut into florets
1 c. pine nuts, chopped almonds, chopped walnuts or sunflower seeds
1 red onion,  chopped
1 c. diced celery
Sharp Cheddar cheese- cubed or shredded or crumbled feta cheese
Black olives
cherry tomatoes
Seasonings of your choice

Dressing:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
Or:
Any dressing of your choice- Italian, creamy cucumber & some fresh mint, Greek dressing, blue cheese.

DIRECTIONS:
1. Brown bacon until crisp, then crumble.

2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook tortellini in boiling water according to instructions on bag. Drain, and rinse under cold water.

3. In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar to make the dressing. Or a dressing of your choice

4. In a large bowl, combine broccoli, tortellini, bacon, celery, cheese, sunflower seeds or nuts, black olives, cherry tomatoes and red onion. Pour dressing over salad, and toss. Chill

If you make this, let me know what ingredients you used and if you liked it!

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