The Edmond Sun

Food

May 13, 2013

From orchard to table, apples bring flavor for the perfect picnic

Family Features — There’s nothing like the perfect picnic or barbecue to slow down and reconnect with friends and family. This season, gather together guests and surprise them with a rustic backyard picnic, starring delicious new recipes that bring out the flavor of apples — a versatile and healthy year-round fruit.

Filled with healthy antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals, apples add a flavorful twist to classic picnic fare. For a refreshing treat that both children and adults will love, try the Strawberry Banana Smoothie Popsicle, made with Tree Top Apple Juice. Or grill some Spiced Pork and Apple Burgers with Maple Dijon, made with Tree Top Apple Sauce for a lean and juicy burger.

For more recipes and inspiration, visit www.treetop.com.

Designing a Backyard Party Is Easy

Set the scene with the right décor and a little bit of creativity — and let nature take care of the rest.

• Find vintage plates and serving pieces at a local flea market.

• Serve beverages in Mason jars, which also can be used as flower vases.

• Cover a rustic table with gingham tablecloth.

• Fill large wicker baskets with apples to use as centerpieces.

• If hosting in the evening, line the table with tea lights and lanterns.

Apple Tortellini Salad

Servings: 6 to 8

Dressing:

Ingredients:

3  tablespoons Tree Top Frozen Concentrate

Apple Juice, thawed

3 tablespoons light corn syrup

2 teaspoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

2  teaspoons garlic salt

Ground pepper to taste

Salad:

Ingredients:

9 ounces cheese-filled tortellini

2 cups sliced apples (approximately 2 medium apples)

2 cups shredded salad greens

1 cup sliced fresh strawberries

1/2 cup thinly sliced celery

1/2 cup sliced scallions

2  tablespoons toasted pine nuts (optional)

Directions:

To prepare dressing, combine apple juice concentrate, corn syrup, brown sugar, vinegar, garlic salt and pepper. Cover dressing and refrigerate.

To prepare salad, cook tortellini, drain and cool by rinsing pasta under cold water. Shake gently to drain thoroughly. In a large bowl, combine tortellini, apples, salad greens, strawberries, celery and scallions. Toss salad gently with chilled dressing. Serve chilled. If desired, sprinkle with pine nuts.

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