Hello Friends, hope you are as excited for the 4th of July as we are. I love that the 4th is
actually on a Saturday this year, which means a long 3 day weekend! So this little recipe
that I created is one of my favorites. It is full of all of my favorite things! The small red
stars are simple to do, but really make this salad spectacular! I just found a very
small star cookie cut out and bought large red bell peppers so I could cut it in
half and try to flatten it so I could cut out as many stars as possible. So fun!
This salad is a great menu choice for family gatherings. It is the perfect way to involve your
children and grandchildren in the kitchen, helping them to begin to feel a connection
with food and the joy of preparation. Plus, everyone is always so sweet and they want
to help. Last Sunday, at our family dinner, I had my two oldest granddaughter’s help
put the finishing touches on dessert. They did a great job, and although they are
only 8 & 10, there is so much that they can do to help. We were celebrating 4 June
Birthdays. It was so fun watching them cut and serve this special birthday
cake that made this gathering perfect.
So get ready to chop…chop…chop!
Star Studded Pasta Salad
1 lb. fresh three cheese tortellini
6 celery stalks
1 16 oz. jar baby corn on the cob
1 ½ lbs. sliced deli salami
½ c. flat Italian parsley
3 lg. red bell peppers
3 small cucumbers
Cook cheese tortellini al dente, according to directions on package; rinse and chill. Slice
salami into long strips. Clean and dice cucumbers into small pieces. Chop celery and
parsley. Chop baby corn into small bite-size pieces. Cut red peppers in half and remove
seeds: lay flat on a chopping board. Using a small star cookie cutter, cut red peppers into
small star shapes. Set 10 stars aside to garnish the top of the salad. In a large serving bowl,
toss all ingredients together and add Creamy Italian Dressing. Garnish with bell pepper
stars. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
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