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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Quick Beach Tortellini Salad

As summer eases to its inevitable end, I find myself rushing to squeeze in the forgotten fun things I had placed on the summer bucket list. This past weekend my daughter danced at a Celtic festival in Mystic, CT which I'm thrilled to report allowed us to sneak over to my very favorite summer eating place: Abbott's Lobster in the Rough.

Nestled on Connecticut's shoreline in cozy Noank, CT, Abbott's is a true summer treat...they serve assorted seafood including my "dream about it all winter long" favorite meal: Hot lobster rolls on toasted buns with melted butter...mmmmm. Maybe we can squeeze one more trip in before they close in the fall...

We made one last trip to the beach before school starts...just the sound beach-I was too afraid of hurricane waves to go to the ocean beach...I know, wimpy. I tossed together a tortellini salad to use up some tasty summer plum tomatoes and some Avocado oil from the supermarket. I think you'll love the rich flavor the avocado oil gives the salad-but if you can't find it in your supermarket olive oil would make a good substitute.

Cracked Pepper Avocado Lime Tortellini

4 plum tomatoes
2 cups coarsely chopped baby spinach leaves, packed
1 lime
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
9 ounces cheese filled tortellini
1/2 cup small diced cooked chicken
1/4 cup avocado oil
1 avocado, diced

Dice the tomatoes and place in a large bowl with the spinach.
Remove the zest from the lime and finely chop; add to the bowl with the tomatoes. Squeeze in the juice from 1/2 the lime. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and the 3/4 teaspoon of pepper.

Cook the tortellini according to package directions just until tender, drain and stir into the bowl with the tomatoes and spinach. Stir in the chicken, avocado oil and the remaining salt. Gently stir in the avocado and squeeze in the juice from the remaining lime half. Serve at room temperature.

Yield: 6 servings


Jennifer said...

In mystic eh? So close! I did not even know there was a festival. We must plan to meet. Listen, I am a huge tortellini fan so any new recipe is a go for me.

Molly Jean said...

Avocado oil? I never knew such a thing existed! I'm off to find it this evening!!!

Veronica said...

Jennifer...apparently a lot of people didn't know there was a festival-there were not a lot of people there. I guess it's the 2nd or 3rd year they've done it-I think they need some advertising!

Molly Jean-I hope you find it...I just love it.

Mary said...

Does this look good or what :-). I love this recipe, Veronica.

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Peggy said...

that looks so delicious. I'm going to have to try this one for sure. I love tortellini.

The Japanese Redneck said...

That looks good, quick and easy.