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Roasted beets sweeten, brighten pasta salad

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  • Roasted beets add color and sweetness to this tortellini salad with fresh blueberries and soft goat cheese.

      Roasted beets add color and sweetness to this tortellini salad with fresh blueberries and soft goat cheese.
    Associated Press

  • Roasted beets add color and sweetness to this tortellini salad with fresh blueberries and soft goat cheese.

      Roasted beets add color and sweetness to this tortellini salad with fresh blueberries and soft goat cheese.
    Associated Press

 
By Alison Ladman
For The Associated Press

Roasted beets, tortellini and fresh blueberries admittedly sound like an unusual combination for a summer pasta salad.

But trust us on this one. The flavors and textures work surprisingly well together. The beets are both sweet and savory, pairing nicely with the pasta. The blueberries are refreshing, yet not at all out of place. Their gentle sweetness and low acidity make them an ideal fruit for savory recipes.

Finally, everything is pulled together with a generous seasoning of fresh herbs, and a topping of crumbled soft goat cheese.

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