During my recent Ride the Farm biking adventure I picked up a slew of goodies! Today’s recipe includes the fresh green beans I bought…combined with some tortellini, grape tomatoes, diced prosciutto and mozzarella balls then soaked in a Honey Dijon Vinaigrette…they make a perfect summertime pasta salad. Hearty enough for a stand-alone meal but also light enough to bring as a side dish to a barbecue!
Summer Pasta Salad
1 lb tortellini
1 lb fresh green beans
4 oz diced prosciutto
8 oz grape tomatoes
1/2 cup mozzarella balls
Honey Dijon Vinaigrette (recipe below)
Rinse the green beans and cut off the ends. Prepare tortellini as package directs.
Bring a saucepot of salted water to a boil. Add the green beans, bring back to a boil and blanch 3-5 minutes (depending on your preference for crispness). Drain and immediately plunge beans into a bowl of iced water; drain.
Place cooked tortellini in a large bowl. Rinse tomatoes and pat dry; place in the bowl with the tortellini. Place diced prosciutto in a small skillet and heat 1-2 minutes; add to bowl. Place green beans in the bowl.
Make the Honey Dijon Vinaigrette: In a small jar, combine 2 teaspoons Dijon, 2 teaspoons honey, 2 teaspoons Balsamic Vinegar, 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, two pinches of salt and a dash of fresh ground pepper. Put on the lid and shake vigorously. Pour onto Summer Pasta Salad. (I’ll make a second batch of this vinaigrette and pour a little on when I eat this the next day)
Toss gently – add the mozzarella balls and toss gently again. Serve immediately or refrigerate and serve cold. It’s delicious both ways!