Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Chicken Tortellini Salad

I was trying to use what our garden had produced and serve a filling and cool meal on another 100+ degree day!  My solution was initially, chicken salad on lettuce.  The problem was....I didn't have time to make chicken salad today.  Then I was worried it wouldn't be filling enough for the hubs so I added some pasta to make this a heartier summer dinner.  Shortcuts were required and baby did they work!
You'll need:
Lettuce (half a head iceberg serves two or any lettuce mix you like is fine)
Tomatoes (cut into wedges)
Bell Peppers (cut into strips)
1 1/2 lbs Store bought chicken salad
1/2 cup Green Grapes (halved)
1 lb Chicken and Prosciutto Tortellini
Cook tortellini in the microwave for 12 minutes until tender.  Drain and rinse in cool water.  Stir cooled and drained tortellini into the chicken salad.  I just bought chicken salad from the ice box section (the deli chicken salad was $5.99 a pound!)  No way - the ice box section had a perfectly good brand for $3.99 a pound and it was all white meat with pecans in it!
Chop your lettuce and center on the plate,  Garnish with tomato and bell peppers (or what ever veggies you have on hand).  Combine tortellini with chicken salad and grapes.  Place chicken salad mix in the center of your lettuce bed and garnish with dill or parsley (salt and pepper work fine too)! 
This is delicious, hearty and still a cool dinner for a very hot late summer night and the hubs LOVES it!  Double winner for a busy lady trying to make a good dinner fast!

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