Meatless Friday: Fourth-Worthy Corn and Tortellini Salad



meatless friday redesignI cook so infrequently these days that when a recent invitation to a Fourth of July potluck came, I flew into a bit of a tailspin. We were invited to bring ice cream (easy) but also a “side dish.” This sent me into a weeklong scramble that involved multiple visits to Pinterest and no fewer than four conversations with my wonderful husband about what to make.

In the end, I modified this recipe to create a salad that was actually quite delicious. You may want to check the original to spot my modifications (especially if you like cilantro), since I’d say that it is likely even more tasty than this one was.

Image credit: Lisa Hendey, all rights reserved

Image credit: Lisa Hendey, all rights reserved

Fourth-Worthy Corn and Tortellini Salad


5 ears fresh corn on the cob
2 avocados, diced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 finely diced red onion
1 package frozen cheese tortellini


3 tablespoons lime-infused olive oil (because I already had some on hand – regular is fine too!)
zest of one lime
juice from one lime
salt and pepper to taste

Cut corn from cobs and boil for three to five minutes. Place in freezer to chill if you are preparing in a hurry.

Boil tortellini for three to five minutes. Drain and chill.

Combine corn, tomatoes, and tortellini. Gently blend in avocado and toss in dressing. Chill for approximately 2 hours. This salad is one which tastes even better when left over the next day!


Image credit: Lisa Hendey, all rights reserved

And I dare you to accomplish cooking this without creating as many dirty dishes as I did!

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Copyright 2015 Lisa M. Hendey
Images copyright Lisa M. Hendey. All rights reserved.


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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