Thursday, July 20, 2017

Cookie Fruit Salad

This salad is so delicious and you get a serving of fruit.  How can you go wrong with that?


2 cups buttermilk
1 tub (16 oz.) Cool Whip
1 large box (6 serving size) vanilla instant pudding
1 can mandarin oranges, drained
1 can pineapple tidbits, drained
2 bananas, sliced
1 package Fudge stripe cookies

Mix buttermilk, cool whip and pudding together. Then gently mix in oranges and pineapple. 

Just before serving fold in sliced bananas and cookies.



Saturday, May 27, 2017

Tortellini Vegetable Salad

This is so easy to make, looks beautiful, and tastes divine.  Perfect for lunch or dinner. Use it as a main dish or the side dish with another entree.  Makes 4 to 8 servings.


1/2 bell pepper, cut into bite size pieces (choose your favorite color)
1/2 English cucumber, peeled and cut into about 1 1/2 inch chunks
8 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
1 small turnip, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
1/2 stalk celery, sliced
1/2 bunch green onions, sliced
4 ounces cheddar cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (or choose another cheese)
1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
12 ounces frozen or fresh tortellini, any type (I used tri-color frozen cheese tortellini)
Salad Dressing:
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon granulated sugar

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook tortellini according to directions on the package. When it’s done cooking, drain and pour into medium bowl.

Place prepared pepper, cucumber, tomatoes, turnip, celery, onions, cheese, and corn around the edge of the bowl on top of the tortellini. 

In a pint size jar or small glass bowl put oil, vinegar, oregano, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, pepper, and sugar.  Shake Mason jar until dressing is combined. Or whisk thoroughly in bowl.
You can complete up to this step and store covered in refrigerator for up to 4 hours until ready to serve.
When ready to serve pour dressing over salad and gently toss with salad tongs or stir gently with spoon until well coated.