Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Deli Style Pasta Salad

Summer Tortellini Salad

I had a great afternoon of having ladies over for lunch.

I called it "Lunch and Laughter!"

My goal was to relax just a smidge before the cherubs got out of school for the Summer!

Goal accomplished!

I made it super easy by serving
I really liked this pasta salad.  It was a new recipe that I tried.

I am all the time trying pasta salad recipes.

I want to make good pasta salad.

But I honestly don't have the knack!


It can't be hard,

but for me . . .

it is!

But, I finally think I've succeeded!

You try it and see what you think!

Deli Pasta Salad

1 (19-oz.) package frozen cheese tortellini                       
1/4 cup sliced green olives                
1/4 cup sliced black olives                               
1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
2 tablespoons chopped sweet onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon herbs de Provence*
1/4 cup canola oil                      

Salt to taste
Cook tortellini according to package directions; drain. Plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain and place in large bowl. Stir in chicken and next 5 ingredients.

Whisk together mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, and herbs de Provence. Add oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly until smooth. Pour over tortellini mixture, tossing to coat. Stir in salt to taste. Cover and chill at least 25 minutes. Garnish, if desired.

1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning may be substituted for the herbs de Provence.

To make this a complete meal, add  1 (12-oz.) can albacore tuna, rinsed and drained well,  or  grilled chicken. Prepare recipe as directed.

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