Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Tortellini Salad

I love a great pasta salad in the summer... something that I can prep on the weekend and eat for a quick lunch by the pool or for dinner as a side with something off the grill.  I came across this recipe back in the Fall and last week was the perfect time to try it out. 


Here's What You'll Need...
1 (20 ounce) package refrigerated cheese tortellini
1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, cut in half
1 large cucumber, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
(the original recipe called for olives as well, but I left those out since they're not my favorite).

For the Dressing:
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper, to taste



- Step One -
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Cook the tortellini according to the package directions and then drain and rinse them with cold water. 

I grabbed these tortellini from our local Kroger store and they were SO GOOD!!!  I hadn't tried them before, but will definitely use them again.



- Step Two -
Slice the tomatoes in half, dice the cucumber and chop the onion.  



Little helper eyes are optional ;)



- Step Three -
Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper together in a bowl. 






- Step Four -
Toss the vegetables and Feta cheese with the cooked tortellini.  



- Step Five -
Pour the dressing over the salad and mix it together until it's all coated.



Hello, gorgeous...



I had mine with a grilled chicken breast and it was amazing.  And then I had it the next day for lunch.  And dinner again that night. ;)





I'd love to try out any great summer salad recipes that y'all have - so leave them in the comments or send them to me! (dave-and-andrea@hotmail.com). 

Enjoy!!! ;)

Original recipe can be found HERE.

20 comments:

  1. Hi! love your salt and pepper holder! do you remember where you got it?

    ReplyDelete
  2. That looks so yummy. I need to try it! You should join our recipe club link up today!
    www.myglitteryheart.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  3. This looks delicious! :) What type of camera do you use?

    ReplyDelete
  4. This looks amazing Andrea! Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I am definitely making this soon. Yummy!

    ReplyDelete
  6. That sounds delicious! Summer pasta salads are my love language. And to be honest, I eat them year round :) My favorite pasta salad calls for a dressing of1 1/2 cups oil mixed with 1 1/2 cups vinegar, 1 cup sugar, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 T onion flakes, 1 T parsley flakes, 1 T dill weed ,1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, and a sprinkle of Italian seasoning: that makes the dressing. Cook up a box of rotini ( or really any pasta) Stir rotini with dressing and any veggies you like-- I tend to use tomatoes, olives, crocodilians, zucchini carrots, celery and cauliflower. I also like to add strips of provolone and hard salami. When I serve it sometimes I add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Super good! And it makes a ginormous batch so I tend to use it for a week's worth of lunches :) Liz @ familyoffoley.wordpress.com

    ReplyDelete
  7. I love a great pasta salad! Perfect to leave in the fridge and snack on all week long!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I found a great one from Mel @ The Larson Lingo. I make it on a Monday and nibble all week. Yummy!

      Delete
  8. Looks delicious! Totally making it this weekend when we have company!

    ReplyDelete
  9. This looks soooo good!!! Heather from My Glittery Heart and I started a recipe club today =) You should link up with this recipe!

    ReplyDelete
  10. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Here's a favorite in our house. Even our picky son likes it.
    http://bakerbynature.com/arugula-skirt-steak-salad-with-caramelized-pears-pecans-and-gorgonzola/#comments
    I usually roast the caramelized pecans in the oven for a few minutes to add extra crunch.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Yummy! I think I'll add some shredded rotisserie chicken and call it dinner!

    ReplyDelete
  13. This probably doesn't need a recipe but I LOVE homemade mango salsa during the summer.

    We have cilantro in our garden and nothing beats fresh cilantro.

    I dice 3-4 heirloom tomatoes, 1 ripe mango, 1/4 red onion with chopped cilantro, lime juice, salt and a seeded jalapeno for spice. Sometimes I will throw a diced avocado in there if I'm feeling fancy. Then I use blue corn tortilla chips for dipping. Other times I use a white peach instead of a mango.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Looks delicious!! Making this tomorrow night! Thank you!! ☺☺

    ReplyDelete
  15. Made this today for a family BBQ and it was delicious. I kept in the olives and used mozzarella cheese balls cut in half. So good!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Just made this for our weekend up at the lake, and it was so good! I got so many compliments! I opted to add kalamata olives. Yummy!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Hi Andrea! I just tried this salad and it was delicious! Thank you for sharing! I blogged my favorite summer salad recipe today! Here is the link: http://connectedinthekitchen.blogspot.ca/2016/07/cranberry-apple-walnut-salad.html

    ReplyDelete