Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spinach and Tortellini Salad

Are you ready to try the best pasta salad you will ever have? We love this stuff and it is a perfect summer salad! Especially when my garden has some of the ingredients!  I love to try new pasta salads and potato and jello and really any kind of salad.  This is full of color and flavor and it is good for you too!  It would be easy to change it up if you don't like one of the ingredients.  Each time I make this I have to write the recipe out for someone, I hope you enjoy it!
Spinach and Tortellini Salad
1(19oz)bag frozen cheese filled tortellini
1pkg fresh baby spinach, or around 4-6Cups(really just eyeball it!)
2C cherry tomatoes, halved
(you can use big tomatoes, but they are almost too juicy, so the cherry tomatoes work better)
1(2oz)can sliced black olives, drain well
1(16oz) bottle italian-style salad dressing
1/3C grated parmesan cheese, optional
1small pkg medium or sharp cheddar cheese, cubed
red onion, diced very tiny, optional

In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook tortellini per pkg directions and drain well and rinse under cold water.  In a large bowl, combine the tortellini, spinach, tomatoes, olives, cubed cheese, and parmesan cheese and red onion(if using).  Add half the bottle of dressing and stir well to combine.  Cover and refrigerate for atleast one hour.  Before serving add the rest of the bottle of dressing and stir well.  It seems like this salad tastes better if you add half the bottle of dressing and let it marinate in the fridge for an hour and then before serving add the rest of the bottle. But, if you are in a hurry, just make it and add the whole bottle at once and make sure to stir often because it will settle at the bottom.

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3 comments:

Tiffanee said...

This looks so delicious. Has all my faves. Making it soon.

Melanie said...

That salad does look delicious - and how pretty!

Leta said...

I can't wait to try your spinach salad, thanks for creating this blog and thanks to your husband at S&T for sharing this with us

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