When the weather starts to get warmer, when the sun shines hot on farmers dashing from cow to tractor, it's time for a refreshing, crisp salad for lunch.
Which might be lunch, depending on where you live in the United States.
8 oz. pkg. cheese-filled tortellini, cooked and cooled
1 tomato, chopped
3 to 4 slices hard salami, sliced into strips
3 to 4 mushrooms, sliced
4 to 5 Kalamata olives, chopped
1/2 c. mild Cheddar cheese, cubed
1/2 c. mozzarella cheese, cubed
1/2 c. provolone cheese, cubed
1/3 c. olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 t. pepper
2-3 T. cider vinegar
In a large bowl, combine tortellini, tomato, salami, mushrooms, olives and cheeses; set aside. Whisk together remaining ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Pour dressing over salad; toss well. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Toss just before serving. Garnish with fresh basil leaves. Serves 4-6.
Or one very hungry farmer.
Just to be sure, you better make double.
Because when it's hot, nothing goes down better than a cold one.
Salad, that is.