We’re suddenly in the last week of June, which make think of one thing: 4th of July is right around the corner. To me, the 4th of July means gathering with family and friends to enjoy BBQs and ice cold beers, and maybe some fireworks if you’re lucky! In honor of the red, white, and blue holiday approaching, I decided to dedicate this week’s posts to quick and easy BBQ dishes and desserts. (Emphasis on the quick and easy!) I’ll be sharing side dishes and desserts that require few ingredients and don’t take much time to prepare, meaning you can enjoy your weekend and still offer to bring a dish to the party! These recipes are perfect for last-minute invites, as some of them are “semi-homemade.”
Tortellini Salad with Artichokes, Olives, and Tomatoes
From Baked Bree
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 Tablespoon honey
1/3 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup olives
1 (14-ounce) can artichokes (I used marinated)
1 package cheese tortellini
Cook the tortellini according to the package directions. Drain.
Combine vinegar, salt, pepper, and honey in a bowl. Whisk in olive oil.
Toss parsley, tomatoes, olives, and artichokes in the dressing.
Gently toss with the rest of the ingredients. Chill in the fridge for one hour or until ready to serve.
Lloyd often picks up a similar tortellini salad at a local store, so when I saw this recipe, I knew it would be a winner. He ate the entire salad in two sittings! Light but delicious and full of Mediterranean flavors, this is a welcome alternative to the same old mayo-laden pasta salad! It’s guaranteed to be a hit, as the ingredients taste fresh and bright. The cheese-stuffed tortellini beautifully complements the sweet tomatoes, the salty olives, and the marinated artichokes.
The best part is that it can be made in about 20 minutes! Stay tuned for more quick and easy BBQ dishes.