December 23, 2011

Tortellini Salad {By Request}

Hello, everyone!  This is just a real quick post to share a recipe that's been requested.  Back this summer, I did a 'My Mom Throws a Great Party!' post series, featuring recipes she served at a wine tasting party.  Well, see the tortellini salad in the bottom left of the photo below?  A fabulous-and-faithful reader of The Kitchen is My Playground has requested the recipe for this salad.  I'm more than happy to oblige!  (And Mom doesn't mind either.)

The reader writes,

"Could you please post the Tortellini Salad recipe pictured in 'My Mom Throws a Great Party {Party Series Part 1}'? I simply can't take my eyes from this picture." 

Sure thing!  Here you go.

Tortellini Salad
Source:  My Mom, and we're pretty sure she adapted the recipe from Cooking Light magazine
(Printable recipe)
1 lb. frozen cheese tortellini  (Mom uses tri-color tortellini - ya know, 'cause it's fun)
1/4 c. wine vinegar (Mom uses white wine vinegar)
1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil
4 tsp. prepared mustard
2 T. lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, mashed
1/2 tsp. ground thyme
1 tsp. dill weed
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
Your favorite vegetables*

1.  Cook tortellini according to package directions; cool.

2.  Combine remain ingredients (except vegetables) to make the dressing.

3.  Combine tortellini and chopped vegetables; top with dressing.  Toss to coat.  Chill at least 2 hours before serving.

*My Mom used a combination of julienned red bell peppers, zucchini, and carrots.  I think yellow bell peppers, yellow squash, or cherry/grape tomatoes would also be wonderful.  Or ... whatever fits your fancy!


The {Party Series} Posts:
My Mom Throws a Great Party! {Party Series 1}
Grand Marnier & Spiced Rum Fruit Dip {Party Series 2}
Antipasto Platter with Grape Tomato & Caper Salad {Party Series 3}
Marinated Cheese {Party Series 4}
Mini Mocha-Toffee Crunch Cheesecakes {Party Series 5}
Raspberry Chocolate Truffles & Drunken Cherries {Party Series 6}
Raspberry-Almond, Caramel-Walnut, & Lemon-Coconut Bars {Party Series 7}
Toasted Pesto Rounds {Party Series 8}


  1. Oh, Tracey, thank you very much!!!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

  2. Looks yummy and perfect for a holiday lunch.


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