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Tortellini Salad with Avocado and Broccoli ~ {Eat Seasonal}

tortellini-salad

I love cooking from scratch. But sometimes ‘from scratch’ just isn’t going to happen.

Little cheating tools, like pre-made pastas, make it seem like it’s from scratch. But they help me keep my sanity during the evening witching hour that often preys upon us precisely when dinner is to be made.

This pasta dish is an easy way to get lots of veggies in your family. It is extremely versatile too. Feel free to use whatever fresh veggies you have on hand.

 

Tortellini Salad with Avocado and Broccoli

2 packages of pre-made tortellini
2 c. broccoli crowns {you can add the stumps in too if you’re feeling it}
juice of two lemons
1/2 c. olive oil
1/2 c. sliced almonds
2 avocados, diced
{opt for extra protein: package of pre-cooked sausage, sliced — Trader Joe’s sun-dried tomato ones are great!}

Heat a large pot of boiling water. Cook tortellini according the package instructions. Add broccoli one minute before the pasta is finished to blanch it. Drain pasta and broccoli.

Place in a large bowl and mix in lemon juice and olive oil. Toss in avocados and meat, if you’re using it. Sprinkle the top with almonds and serve. 

Double to recipe for leftovers the next day. It makes a great cold pasta salad too!

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