pasta, Side Dishes

Italian Tortellini Salad

I admit, I am a huge fan of pasta. Every year from my other half’s birthday I make a tray of lasagna bolognese with homemade noodles. Sooo damn good. Then there are times you want a nice cold pasta salad to go along side a nice grilled steak or chicken. That’s where this recipe comes in. No, you don’t have to make from scratch tortellini, though I do recommend giving making pasta a spin, it so different from the stuff you get at the store in a good way. There’s a lot of great flavor in this salad and it stores well in the fridge as leftovers. I do highly recommend let this chill out in the fridge for a few hours before eating to allow the flavors time to mingle and everything to get nice and cold.

Italian Tortellini Salad

Servings – 6 to 8 depending on how you serve up.

Ingredients

  • 19 ounce bag of frozen cheese tortellini
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup pitted, diced kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/4 cup roasted red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • Feta (optional)

Directions

  1. Cook the frozen pasta according to package directions. Once done cooking run cold water over them to cool them down.
  2. Mix all the ingredients above except the feta.
  3. Serve and top with feta (if desired)
  4. Enjoy!

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