Friday, June 30, 2017

I love salads! Here's a yummy one! Tortellini Salad with Greek Dressing!

 Summer is here so enjoy the warmth.  We all like to spend less time in our kitchen and more time being out enjoying the sunshine. This easy salad can be put together in the evening and refrigerated for tomorrow's lunch or dinner.  It is delicious!  Served with Feta or your cheese of choice (Goat cheese if you like)is a delicious summer dish.  Serve it on a bed of nice greens with some fresh watermelon as a side and it'll be a great summer meal.  Enjoy!

Note:  Make it according to directions below and you may even have leftovers for another day.  Just sayin..It all depends on how many you are serving.  When I made it, it was for hubby and I  for dinner so we both loved the idea of leftovers for tomorrow's lunch.  When the dressing soaks into the pasta it makes it even tastier if that is possible.  

Happy Easy Summer Salads from my kitchen to yours,

 



This salad serves 6 to 8 people so adjust accordingly.
I have made it before and it has been enjoyed by many. You can use Tri Color Tortellini for more interest.

2 packages Tortellini(cooked according to package directions)(don't overcook)
1 green pepper chopped
1 red pepper chopped
2 fresh basil leaves chopped ( 1/2 tsp. dried)
1 purple onion chopped
1/4 cup sliced seedless cucumber
1 pkg. cherry tomatoes (sliced in half)
1 - 4 oz. Feta cheese or cheese of choice
Optional green and black olives

The night before serving, prepare tortellini according to package instructions.  Chop peppers and onion..In a large bowl, mix dressing with tortellini, peppers and  onion.  Stir well with large spoon..Cover and refrigerate.  Next morning add tomatoes, basil ,cucumber and olives.  When ready to serve add feta cheese and mix thoroughly.  Serve chilled..Note:  Serves several.  Note:  I used my homemade dressing.. Bottled Greek salad dressing can be used as well.

Dressing:

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp. parsley
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. Red pepper flakes

Note:  This salad can be halved very easily..I did it and it serves two nicely using 1 pkg. tortellini. Enjoy!




Ready to serve!


I chopped it by hand!  A little work but worth it.



6/11/12 



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