Saturday, July 4, 2015

Mediterranean Pasta Salad while I'm away at #FWCon Food and Wine Conference

I get a huge smile on my face every time I think about the upcoming #FWCon Food and Wine Conference in Orlando!  It just happens to be THE most #amazing foodie experience any food blogger/#foodie could have! AND so many sponsors...I don't know how I am going to find time to get to talk with them all: St. Augustine Distillery, Wisconsin Cheese, Duda, Certified Angus Beef, Certified Idaho Potatoes, Dixie Crystals, Cabot, Sweet Georgia Peaches and so many more!
If you haven't purchased your tickets yet...I have something special just for you:  a $50 discount code so QUICK go get your tickets!  Code is FWC15quark; just hit the code and it will take you right to the registration page...BUT not before you check out the Mediterranean Pasta Salad!

Since I will be away for OMG three whole days (big sigh heard from hubby at the thought) I am making a couple of goodies to have in the fridge while I am away.  This Mediterranean Pasta Salad is one of the most versatile dishes you can have in your recipe box!  Seriously...the amounts can be eyeballed, if you don't have something substitute with something you DO have.  Don't like an ingredient...leave it out and for the dressing....grab one from your fridge if you are in a super hurry...the salad will still be fantastic!

Mediterranean Salad:
1 Package fresh Tortellini cheese filled and cooked according to directions
1 box cherry tomatoes halved
1 cup cucumber cubed
1 yellow pepper seeded and cubed
¼ cup red onion minced
¼ cup green olives
2 T. Italian Capers
¼ cup feta cheese crumbles
¼ cup basil thinly sliced
Salt and pepper
Vinaigrette dressing:
4T Lemon Juice
1 teaspoon dried Oregano
1 clove garlic put through the press
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 T. Dijon/whole grain mustard

½ t. salt & ¼ t. fresh ground black pepper

Mix together the salad ingredient in a LARGE bowl.  Mix together the vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl.  Pour vinaigrette over salad and toss well, serve chilled.

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