Tortellini Salad and Basil Dressing

Total Time
2hrs 40mins
Prep 40 mins
Cook 2 hrs

This salad is so pretty. Perfect for a ladies lunch served on plates lined with romaine lettuce. The cooking time is the time needed for chilling salad. This recipe comes from The Diabetic Cookbook.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a small bowl whisk together basil, pectin, mustard, garlic, sugar and pepper.
  2. Blend in water and vinegar.
  3. Cover and chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  4. While dressing is chilling, cook tortellini according to the package directions omiting the oil and salt.
  5. Add broccoli and carrots the last 3 minutes of cooking time.
  6. Rinse with cold running water and allow to drain.
  7. In large bowl combine the pasta mixture and green onions; drizzle with the dressing.
  8. Toss to coat, cover and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  9. Before serving, stir in tomato and pea pods.
  10. Line 4 chilled plates with romaine lettuce leaves and top with tortellini mixture.
Most Helpful

Beautiful and colorful! Only change I made was to use grape tomatoes instead of a chopped tomato. I love that this uses pectin instead of oil for a nice healthy dressing. The dressing was a bit tangy for me, I would modify it a bit to suit my tastes, although I found the fresh basil absolutely wonderful and a great compliment to the tortellini and veggies. Thanks, Paula, for sharing the recipe!

LonghornMama December 25, 2005

What was looking like a disaster turned out great! My broccoli was I used baby zucchini, pea pods were frozen so I used green pepper. I didn't think I'd ever get dinner on the table..but once I did DH raved!! We loved the salad, the dressing I followed recipe except using Balsamic instead of rice vinegar. Thank you for a great dinner!! (hope you like the pics..hope I get the darn thing posted lol) Katie

katie in the UP September 09, 2005

Wonderful summer salad which we enjoyed for supper! The only change I made was adding a bit of leftover chicken and used snow peas instead of pea pods. Thanks for sharing this keeper salad!

ellie_ July 20, 2005