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Sunday, July 11, 2010


This is a favorite salad of mine - a yummy and satisfying meal, and not much work  when you are in 90+degree  Fahrenheit weather (which you don't want to do when there's a heat wave!).  Sorry, I don't remember where I got this recipe.


1.  2 cups uncooked tortellini

2.  1/4 cup white wine vinegar
     3 Tablespoons olive oil
     1 teaspoon sugar
     1/2 teaspoon salt
     1/4 teaspoon black pepper

3.  1 medium yellow bell pepper
     1 medium red bell pepper
     1 medium tomato

4.  6 oz. jar marinated artichoke hearts

5.  3 cups watercress or arugula

Quantity for tortellini is for two people. Any filling in the tortellini will do. Cook the tortellini in boiling water for about 10 minutes, like you do spaghetti, or get refrigerated or frozen). Cool off (put the pan outside to cool off the steam!)

Combine ingredients on number 2  in the dish you'll serve the salad in. This is your "dressing." Then add tortellini when cooled off.

Cut up bell peppers  and tomato (number 3)

Add the artichoke hearts (sometimes I add some of the marinating fluid in the jar). You may add artichoke hearts from scratch, but then you may need to add some more "dressing"

Strip the watercress leaves from the stems and add when tortellini has totally cooled off.  (so it will not wilt the watercress! I speak from experience:). I seldom add 3 cups  -  just the bunch that I bought.

Bon Appetite! Mange! Eet Smakelijk!  Mahlzeit! 

Where's the dessert? Of cream!


dogimo said...

Ah, that looks gorgeous - and such a nice counterpoint to the petals and leaves in the header!

jeannette said...

Not to mention that the counterpoint is also edible:)

Rosie said...

Mmm - looks very tasty and with the added bonus of being quick and easy to make - thanks for sharing the recipe:)

Rudee said...

Yum. This looks delicious. I'll definitely give this recipe a try. Thanks for posting it.

The Weaver of Grass said...

What a useful recipe to have around - I shall try this as all the ingredients are available over here. I shall let you know what I think to it in due course.

jeannette said...

You're welcome, Rosie! So right: a minimum of energy and tasty are the ingredients for a good summer recipe:)

You're welcome, Friend! Especially if you like pasta (often the salads without any carbs of meat in it are not enough - I get hungry again in a few hours!).

If you like spaghetti, this has a more subtle taste to it! I don't think you'll be disappointed:)

EG Wow said...

This sounds very tasty. Anything with marinated artichoke hearts is a winner in my book.

Reader Wil said...

I often do this both in winter as in summer! I love it: it's tasty and easy to make. Are bell peppers the same as capsicum in Australia? We call them paprika.
Thanks for your visit. How strange that you couldn't find the sculpture. I didn't realise that they had moved it from it's original place. Tourist Information should have known about this.

Reader Wil said...

Jeannette I found this on a site about the monument:

On 14 May 2007 the mayor of Rotterdam had the monument placed back at its prominent place on Plein 1940 , after an absence of some time for restoration.

Maybe it was during the time of this restoration that you were in Rotterdam.

crochet lady said...

I just bought some yummy tortellini, think I may have to try making that!

alady'slife said...

Looks delicious! mmmm
I also love the magnolia picture
So pretty.

NitWit1 said...

I bet I can make this dish very WW points wise. Sounds great. Using your ingredients, the only points are inthe tortellini which you can control easily

Clytie said...

Oooooh! Finally a pasta salad that looks easy enough for me to make! Usually they have a billion ingredients, of which I may have one or two. This is perfect! I must try it! Then ... yeah! Bring on the ice cream!

dutchbaby said...

So colorful, nutritious, and delicious-looking. Looks like a great recipe to bring to a potluck too.

jeannette said...

EG Wow,
You like it, if you like subtle tastes...If you have some more recipes with artichoke hearts, I like to know it:)

Reader Wil 2 times,
Yes, I believe it's what we call in Holland "Paprika" - they're here available in a green, red, or yellow color -the last two are a little bit sweeter in taste.

I don't know why our friends living in Rotterdam couldn't find Zadkine's sculpture - we were there in 2004. Thank you much -so sweet of you to look it up!

Oh yes, I hope you'll like it! Ice cream for dessert is required LOL!

A Lady's Life,
Yes, it's very tasty! Thank you - do you realize that the magnolia pic is one of my 24 x 24 paintings (all flowers - I call them My Celebrity Collection)?

Thank you! I started re-writing my recipes this way, because I knew I could save time with this:)
I'm not sure what you mean with "the only points are in the tortellini...?

Yes, easy - especially when it's hot, and you don't want to make another trip to the market to get another ingredient!

Colorful - that's why I think they put 2 different bell peppers in it:)
Yes, great for potlucks - come to think of it - I haven't been to one (potluck) in a while...