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    Colorful Tortellini Pasta Salad

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    4 hrs 45 mins

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    Vino Girl's Note:

    I get a lot of requests for this pretty and flavorful pasta salad. I like lighter dressing, so if you like more, you may want to increase the oil and vinegar. I haven't gotten any complaints about this though - only compliments! :) I use dry, tri-color tortellini, but you can use refrigerated tortellini or whatever pasta you like. I think fresh herbs and fresh parmesan cheese (not the powdered stuff in the can!) make a big difference in this recipe. I haven't tried it yet, but I think fresh broccoli would also be nice in this. This recipe makes a ton, so it is great for larger gatherings. The number of servings is a guess!

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    1. 1
      Cook pasta according to directions on the package.
    2. 2
      When making any pasta salad, I prefer to under cook it by a minute or two so that it is a bit more firm, but this is up to you.
    3. 3
      Rinse with cold water and drain well.
    4. 4
      Whisk together vinegar, olive oil, herbs, lemon juice, garlic, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and hot sauce in a medium bowl or large measuring cup.
    5. 5
      Combine peppers, onion, and olives in a very large bowl.
    6. 6
      Gently stir in tortellini.
    7. 7
      Pour dressing over salad and lightly toss to coat pasta and vegetables.
    8. 8
      Cover and refrigerate overnight or for at least four hours.
    9. 9
      Just before serving, sprinkle the cheeses on top.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 09, 2012

      Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe Vino Girl! I made this last night for a casual Sunday summer meal, and it was absolutely delicious! It took all of my willpower not to go back to the serving bowl for seconds and thirds. I used 2 cloves of freshly minced garlic instead of the granules and didn't have any feta on hand, so just added freshly grated Parmesan cheese and it was great. I skipped the green pepper and it was still colourful and completely appetizing.

      Next time, I would pour half of the vinaigrette dressing onto the pasta, then refrigerate for four hours, then I would then add the rest of the dressing just before serving. Thanks!

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    • on September 10, 2010


      This is a delicious salad! I cut the recipe in half and used fresh garlic (minced) and followed the rest of the instructions. I did add a little more cheese (we love cheese). We had unexpected company and this really made a hit. I ran up and made her a copy of the recipe to take home. Thank you. Made for Zaar Alphabet Game.

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    • on August 10, 2008


      A really pretty and satisfying summer salad. I used spinach tortellini stuffed with mushrooms and added tomatoes. Would add more cheese and a little less lemon if using mushroom totellini again.

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    Nutritional Facts for Colorful Tortellini Pasta Salad

    Serving Size: 1 (88 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 16

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 155.8
    Calories from Fat 67
    Total Fat 7.4 g
    Saturated Fat 2.5 g
    Cholesterol 17.5 mg
    Sodium 287.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 17.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.4 g
    Sugars 1.6 g
    Protein 5.6 g

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    white wine vinegar

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