Tortellini Salad

If you’re looking for a delicious, hearty yet light salad; look no further!  This tortellini salad is sure to wow your guests.  It can be served as a main dish or a side dish to your Italian feast.  The preparation is easy and you can truly add any ingredient you desire.  For this particular recipe I’ll leave measurements out as it’ll depend on the size crowd you’re feeding. 

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Ingredients:

  • Tortellini (I used spinach and 3 cheese blend)
  • Pepperoncini’s
  • Pepperoni, sliced or cubed
  • Heirloom cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • Red onion, finely diced
  • Olives, finely chopped
  • Italian seasoning (use a good quality)
  • Extra virgin olive oil (good quality)
  • Italian dressing (I used Ken’s)
  • Freshly grated pecorino Romano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil, sliced in strips

 

Directions:

Cook the tortellini as directed on the package, drain and allow to come to room temperature.  Add the pepperoni, onion, a sprinkle of Italian seasoning, and splash of dressing.  Mix until combined, add the pepperoncini’s and a splash of olive oil and more dressing.  Add your tomatoes, and salt and pepper to taste.  Do another taste test and adjust your dressing, salt/pepper and olive oil as needed.  You’ll finish off with the grated pecorino Romano and fresh basil.  This salad shouldn’t be very wet but it should be moist.   Enjoy your delicious and beautiful salad!  

 

Tasty Tips:  Add cooked pancetta for an added crunch or you could add grilled chicken or leave the meat out for a vegetarian option (using spinach tortelllini).  You can also add asparagus, bell peppers, olives, artichokes, the options are truly endless!

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