Creamy Tortellini Salad

Deb Justus

By
@AHappyCooker

I've always loved this recipe, but I've always felt the package ranch dressing was too salty. I decided to make a homemade ranch dressing to give this salad a fresh taste. I like this salad even more with this change to the recipe. I hope you do too.


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Serves:

15- 20

Prep:

1 Hr

Cook:

10 Min

Method:

No-Cook or Other

Ingredients

1
large or 2 small cloves of garlic
1 1/2 Tbsp
salt
1/4 c
parlsey
3 Tbsp
chives
1 Tbsp
fresh dill
1 tsp
fresh oregano
1 tsp
fresh tarragon
2
scallions
1 tsp
worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp
paprika, sweet mild
1/2 tsp
cayenne pepper (optional)
2-3
dashes tabasco (optional)
1 c
mayonaise
1/2 c
sour cream
1 c
buttermilk
1 tsp
white wine vinegar

SALAD PREPARATION

1 bag(s)
cheese tortellini cooked and cooled
1 c
ham (julienned)
1 c
pea pods (lighly steamed)
3/4 c
swiss cheese (cubed)
2
scallions (minced)
1/4 c
red bell pepper (minced)
2 c
homemade ranch dressing

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Finely mince the garlic and then add the salt and mash it into a paste.
2
Finely mince all the fresh herbs.
3
Combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, add the minced herbs and garlic. Add the milk to thin the dressing.
4
Add the remaining ingredients. You can adjust the taste to your preference by adding more vinegar, paprika, cayenne or Worcestershire to your liking.
5
Cook tortellini according to package directions and cool.
6
Add ham, swiss cheese, pea pods, scallion and red bell pepper to the tortellini.
7
Add ranch dressing and combine all ingredients. Add more buttermilk if the dressing is too thick.
8
This salad tastes the best after it has been allowed to sit for several hours.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta Salads
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American