Thursday, June 2, 2011

Tortellini and Asparagus Salad

It's hot, it's humid, it's summer!  Bring on the yummy summer salads!  This one tasted great and best of all, didn't heat up the house.  It works as a main dish, if you ask me.  If you ask the hubby, he will beg to differ...he likes something with a little more meat.  It is very light and flavorful...I will be making it again :)

Tortellini and Asparagus Salad

1 package of tortellini
1 cup cubed hard salami (I used some summer sausage this time)
1 cup chopped asparagus (1 inch length)
2 green onions chopped
1 can large artichoke hearts diced
1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley (Italian)

1 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp honey
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp lime juice
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Start by bringing up a large pot of water to a boil.  Chop the veggies, set the asparagus aside, and put green onions and artichokes into a bowl.  In a separate bowl whisk together the ingredients for the dressing.  To the boiling water add the asparagus and the pasta.  Cook together until pasta is done (follow package instructions) remove and shock both the pasta and asparagus in a bowl of ice water.  Add the salami, pasta, and all the vegetables to the large bowl, and toss with the dressing.  Let chill for 2 hrs before serving.  

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