#WeekendCoffeeShare: 5/21/16

A Recipe / And spring into summer

If we were having coffee, I would tell you life is just now creeping into full bloom in this area of Georgian Bay, held back by the cool of the lake and chill north winds. It’s the Victoria Day long weekend in Canada (where we inexplicably still celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday, the 24th of May), the official kickoff of summer.

Rainbow Pasta Salad

This is a weekend we always make our go-to fresh pasta salad.  So I would pass along this recipe. Great for pot lucks, always a hit with visitors. Enjoy.


Rainbow Pasta Recipe

700 gram package of multicolor cheese tortellini (1.5 pounds)

170 grams basil, garlic or other pesto (approx 6 ounces)

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 TB red wine vinegar

3 cloves garlic, minced (more if you love garlic)

1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped

2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

1 cup yellow peppers, julienned

1 cup black olives, sliced

1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, finely diced

  • Prepare pasta according to package directions
  • Drain and place in cold water to cool
  • Drain and toss with olive oil, set aside


  • In another large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and mix well


  • Add cooked tortellini, toss to mix
  • Cover and chill before serving


It’s a recipe you can easily adapt for ingredients and intensity.  Let me know what you think.


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0 Comments on “#WeekendCoffeeShare: 5/21/16”

  1. like these kind of salads that signal the warmer months are approaching, i would love to have coffee with you by the lake even if the north winds blow cold over us, the coffee and company would be keeping me warm. hope you have a lovely summer.

  2. Looks absolutely beautiful where you are! Enjoy the nice weather. I’m not usually too fond of cold pasta salads–I’m partial to warm pasta dishes–but this recipe looks mighty tasty. 🙂

  3. Although we don’t have occasion to celebrate Victoria Day, I’m happy to play along and declare this the official start of summer by preparing that delicious-looking salad. Yum! Wishing you a wonderful long weekend filled with lots of fun.

  4. The recipe sounds delicious and you can make it Gluten free by using corn or rice pasta. Thanks for sharing it. Have great holiday on the 24th. Our memorial day is next weekend.

  5. Reblogged this on beyondtheflow and commented:
    This looks like a great pasta salad recipe. I’m planning to give it a go. That is after I make a variation of Nigella’s Nutella Cake. She was on Masterchef this week and my niece made it for a family birthday last weekend. I have zero self-control xx Rowena

    1. I have pretty much zero self control as well, when it comes to certain food! Sweets mostly. Thank you for the reblog. Following you now, with great anticipation

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