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Italian Tortellini Salad

Features:
  • Veg
Cuisine:
  • 30 mins
  • Serves 2
  • Easy

Ingredients

  • For Dressing :

  • For Salad :

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Infused with deep cheesy flavors from the pasta and fresh flavors from the greens, Tortellini salad is a delicious and light Italian treat. Although tortellini pasta comes from Bologna and Modena, the pasta salad originates from Tuscany; where fresh flavors are prevalent in the cuisine.

This recipe is an easy and quick dish that makes a delicious salad, more flavorful than regular salads. Make this recipe for the next dinner to compliment an Italian entrée.

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How to Make Italian Tortellini Salad

For Dressing

  1. Add the balsamic vinegar, garlic, Dijon mustard, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper in a clean bowl; mix the ingredients with a whisk.
  2. Slowly start pouring the olive oil in the vinegar mixture while whisking continuously. This process should take 2 minutes. Keep the dressing aside.

For Cooking Tortellini:

  1. Fill a large pot with water, season with salt and bring it to a boil over a medium-high flame.
  2. Add the tortellini pasta to the boiling water and cook the pasta until al dente. Use packet instruction for accurate cooking timings. Be cautious of over cooking the pasta.
  3. Drain the pasta in a colander and rinse it with cold water to stop cooking. Let the water drain completely for a few minutes.

For Salad:

  1. In a large salad bowl, add the tortellini and drizzle half of the prepared dressing. Mix with a wooden spoon, making sure to coat every tortellini piece evenly.
  2. Add sun dried tomatoes, spinach, prosciutto and basil to the tortellini and toss the salad with wooden spoons.
  3. Add the remaining dressing to the salad and toss again to mix everything well.
  4. Add pine nuts and parmesan and toss the salad lightly again.
  5. Serve as a salad or as a side dish.

Trivia

  • Tortellini pasta in Italy is also known as ombelico that refers to the belly button shape of the pasta.
  • Until the 19th century, tortellini was served only in affluent homes on holidays.
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