Before I made this salad my daughter and husband both were not that keen on the idea of a cold tortellini salad. What’s funny is my daughter ended up taking it for lunch two days in a row to school. I’d have to say she was surprised how good it was. I paired this with a Lemon Rosemary Chicken and some wine. This Mediterranean Tortellini Salad is great as a side dish or a simple, yet amazing potluck dish.
Fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, and a red wine vinaigrette infused with rosemary and thyme top these tortellini’s for a colorful spring salad. I think that’s why I look forward to spring. All the vibrant colors at the farmer’s market. The excitement of the bright red tomatoes and who knows what else I will find. Last time I visited I found some chocolate tomatoes. They really don’t have chocolate it’s just a name for a tomato that is a bit darker in color. They are tasty and grown locally here in Grapevine and West Texas.
Since the dressing keeps it from drying out it really is great to make ahead and use for lunches. I think when the next potluck comes along I will make this and share. You can always add pepperoni or small chunks of ham to it for a simple dinner dish. You can add some green or black olives for more color and salt. The longer you let the salad sit overnight the more the vegetables and fruits will soak up the dressing. They become soft pickled. Top it with some Tuscany Parmesan cheese for extra cheese funk! So make sure to visit your farmer’s market, sign up for the next potluck, and share this recipe! I’d love to hear what salad you like to take to a potluck. Does it have fresh vegetables or is it a fruit salad?
ITEMS TO MAKE THIS TORTELLINI SALAD
- 1 package cherry tomatoes; sliced
- 1 cucumber; sliced and quartered
- ½ red onion; sliced into rounds
- 1 package tortellini's
- 1 cup red wine vinaigrette with rosemary & thyme
- 2 tablespoons parmesan
- Boil tortellini's as directed on package.
- Wash and cool in refrigerator for about 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, chop vegetables and fruit and place in a large bowl. Toss with tortellini's.
- Toss mixture with dressing and top with Parmesan. Keep cold in refrigerator before serving.
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