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Recipe: Italian Tortellini Salad

Looking for the perfect dish to serve hungry guests this summer? Look no further than this Delicious, quick and easy Italian Tortellini Salad recipe with homemade dressing. Ready in just 20 minutes!

8-10 servings

20 ounces three cheese Tortellini (ie: Buitoni)
8 ounces uncured sliced Genoa salami, cut into thin pieces
1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 zucchini, chopped into small pieces
8 ounces mozzarella pearls, drained
2 (2.25) ounces sliced black olives, drained
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped fresh italian basil
–Italian Vinaigrette
3/4 cup olive oil
1/8 cup red wine vinegar
1/8 cup white wine vinegar
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup finely freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp of EACH dried parsley, drained oregano, dried basil, garlic powder, onion powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp EACH black pepper, paprika
1/2-1 tsp agave or honey, or add more to taste

–Tortellini Salad
Cook the tortellini to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water until the pasta is cool.
Place tortellini in a large serving bowl and toss with all the other ingredients.
Toss the salad with the dressing. Season to taste with salt and pepper if desired. Serve cold or at room temperature.
–Italian Vinaigrette
While the tortellini is cooking make the dressing. Add all ingredients into a mason jar, tighten the lid and shake until well combined. You can also add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk until well combined.
Store in an airtight container up to two weeks. Shake or whisk each time before use. If the oil becomes a solid in the fridge, just lettuce dressing sit out a few minutes for it to become room temperature.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Mediterranean Salad Platter

This Mediterranean Salad Platter could not be easier to put together and it makes such a beautiful impact when you are entertaining guests. 

4-6 servings

1 (6.5 ounce) jar marinated artichokes, drained
5 ounces hummus
8 ounces Kalamata olives
4 ounces thinly sliced Italian salami
4 ounces sun-dried tomatoes, drained
4 hard boiled eggs, thinly sliced
mache salad blend
extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
serve with pita chips or pita bread

Lay a bed of Mache greens on the bottom of a large platter. Place the rest of the ingredients on top so they are just touching. Drizzle some olive oil over the top. Serve immediately with pita chips or pita bread wedges.
*Add feta cheese if you are not keeping a dairy-free diet

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: DIY Lunchables with Salami & Cheese

We love making our own lunchboxes with healthy ingredients you can find at the store or in your garden.

1 lunchbox plus snack

1 ounce unprocessed cheese
1-2 ounces uncured salami
some gluten free, low salt rice crackers (or any crackers you wish)
leafy salad greens
cut & cleaned veggies
fresh fruit or homemade apple sauce
homemade granola or muffins

Choose a bento box and arrange the ingredients so they each have their own compartment.

We do not eat salami too frequently. It is part of our mindfully balanced meal plan. You can find it cured or uncured if you are looking for it. Even meats labeled as “uncured” are still “cured” with natural nitrates found in sources such as beets, sugar, celery and sea salt. Instead of salami you could use any other meat, poultry or protein source you desire. Watching your fats? Go with a low-fat cheese instead of a fuller fat one.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: DIY Lunchables with Salami & Cheese

We love making our own lunchboxes with healthy ingredients you can find at the store or in your garden.

1 lunchbox plus snack

1 ounce unprocessed cheese
1-2 ounces uncured salami
some gluten free, low salt rice crackers (or any crackers you wish)
leafy salad greens
cut & cleaned veggies
fresh fruit or homemade apple sauce
homemade granola or muffins

Choose a bento box and arrange the ingredients so they each have their own compartment.

We do not eat salami too frequently. It is part of our mindfully balanced meal plan. You can find it cured or uncured if you are looking for it. Even meats labeled as “uncured” are still “cured” with natural nitrates found in sources such as beets, sugar, celery and sea salt. Instead of salami you could use any other meat, poultry or protein source you desire. Watching your fats? Go with a low-fat cheese instead of a fuller fat one.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Italian Salad with Avocado Dressing

We love this quick, easy and healthy salad as a side dish or main. Perfect for summer potlucks and quick weekday lunch or dinner.

3 hearts of romaine lettuce, chopped
1 (14 ounce) can chickpeas/garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 jar (6.5 oz) quartered marinated artichokes, chopped
4 ounces Genoa or Italian Salami, thinly sliced
–Quick & Easy Avocado Cilantro Dressing
https://newmm2019.wpengine.com/recipe/recipe-quick-easy-avocado-cilantro-dressing/

Prep all the veggies, chickpeas and salami. Toss in a large bowl.
Make the dressing with this recipe: https://newmm2019.wpengine.com/recipe/recipe-quick-easy-avocado-cilantro-dressing/
Plate the salad and top with the dressing. Serve immediately.

~ Marla Meridith