Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins
Refreshing summer salad. Came from Buitoni and the Meals.com recipe site.
- 1 (9 ounce) packagethree cheese-filled tortellini
- 1 cup red seedless grapes
- 1 cup green seedless grape
- 1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges
- 1⁄4 cup chopped red onion
- 1⁄4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup honey mustard dressing
- Cook pasta according to package directions; rinse under cold running water.
- Set aside to cool.
- When cool, combine pasta, grapes, oranges, onion and nuts in a medium bowl.
- Add dressing; toss to coat.
- Recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.
I was a little apprehensive about mixing these ingredients, but very glad I did. This is an unsual cool salad. I get requests to bring it to every potluck and family gathering. I double the recipe and always substitute slivered almonds for the walnuts. I use the homey mustard dressing #45529 from this site. Makes just enough. I like to make the tortellini ahead and add dressing and cool before adding the rest of the ingredients.
I add diced cooked chicken for a salad meal. We don't care for any honey mustard dressing, they are way to "mustardy" for our tastes. So I toss the cooked pasta lightly with fat free italian dressing and let it cool dressed with that, and then add fat-free mayonnaise, fat-free sour cream, and just enough dijon mustard for our taste. This is of course, then, a different recipe but the idea came from here. It makes a very refreshing salad dinner in the summer. I sometimes use chopped pecans instead of walnuts due to food allergies in some family members. Sometimes I leave out the mandarin oranges. Sometimes I substitute sliced green onions for the red onion, and sometimes add chopped celery, depending what I have on hand. Sometimes I throw in some different seasonings. It's very versatile and you can adjust to your tastes and what you have on hand.
I work at a high school, and I am frequently asked to bring this salad to potlucks. I usually leave out the onions,or add only a very small amount.