Thursday, June 18, 2009

Mediterranean Tortellini Salad

Yeah, I know...ANOTHER pasta salad. It saves me from having to think about what to make for lunch all week, what can I say? I made a lot of changes to the original recipe with this one - to me, that's the fun of pasta salads - you add what you have on hand and change things according to your tastes.

In the recipe below, I doubled the dressing amounts that I used for you, because I found it very dry. But I am also known to pile on the dressing, so halve it again to get back to the original amounts if you wish. Oh and just a word about the green beans - if you are making this to save for a few days, just be aware that the beans will lose their bright green color after a day or two - but they are still good!

Mediterranean Pasta Salad
inspiration from Southern Living
Makes 8-10 side dish servings

2 (13 ounce) packages frozen cheese tortellini
1/2 pound fresh green beans, ends trimmed and cut into 1" pieces
1/4 cup light mayo
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons herbes de Provence (or Italian seasoning)
1/2 cup good quality olive oil
1/2 cup roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
2 tablespoons sweet onion, minced
feta cheese (I didn't use this, but think it would be really good)
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add tortellini and cook according to package direction, 8-10 minutes. During the last 2 minutes of cooking, add the green beans to the water. Drain and rinse pasta and beans with cold water.

Whisk together mayo, red wine vinegar, and herbes de Provence in small bowl. Continue whisking and add olive oil until emulsified.

Transfer pasta and beans to a large bowl. Add red peppers, olives, minced onion, feta cheese if using, and dressing. Toss gently until dressing is evenly distributed.

Chill for 4-24 hours. Mix in fresh parsley and salt and pepper to taste.


Maria said...

I love tortellini salads. I always add in whatever veggies I have on hand. This looks great!

Ellie said...

Great recipe! I love the combination of flavors!

eatme_delicious said...

Mmm yum I love pasta salad, and love tortellini. This sounds like a great lunch!!

the happy family said...

oh i love pasta salad when it is hot outside. thanks for the reminder!

BMK said...

This looks really good! Even better, it uses my favorite spice, herbs de provence! I could definitely eat a lunch like that everyday.

Sara said...

You can never go wrong with pasta, I could eat it every day! This looks great.

Deborah said...

This looks delicious - definitely something I'd enjoy for lunch!

Julie said...

I love the green beans in there. Hmm...I might make this to go with my Father's day chow tomorrow.

What's Cookin Chicago said...

All those flavors look wonderful together and it's a great looking salad for summer!

Zoe said...

mmm I love the flavors in here!