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quick summer tortellini salad

(3 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Deb Justus
The Villages, FL

This is a quick, delicious summer salad. Perfect for picnics, no need to refrigerate. A little sweet, and a little tart with a touch of fresh basil for a punch of flavor. Choose the tortellini and smoked sausage you like the most. Chop, chop, chop and you're done!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This quick summer tortellini salad is perfect for your next picnic. We enjoyed the different textures, including cheese tortellini, chunks of summer sausage and Swiss cheese, green onions, and basil. The homemade red wine vinaigrette is slightly sweet and balances out the flavors of this super easy summer salad.

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(3 ratings)
yield 8 serving(s)
prep time 45 Min
cook time 5 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For quick summer tortellini salad

  • 20 oz
    fresh tortellini
  • 1 1/2 c
    summer sausage or salami, cubed
  • 1 1/2 c
    Swiss cheese, cubed
  • 8 oz
    sliced mushrooms
  • 1 can
    black olives (6 oz)
  • 4 stalk
    green onions, minced
  • 1/4 c
    chopped fresh basil
  • 2/3 c
    granulated sugar
  • 2/3 c
    red wine vinegar
  • 2/3 c
    canola oil
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper

How To Make quick summer tortellini salad

  • Cook the cheese tortellini in boiling water.
    Cook the tortellini in boiling, salted water for 5 minutes.
  • Rinse cooked tortellini and cool.
    Rinse with cold water and cool.
  • Add Swiss cheese, summer sausage, black olives, green onions, and mushrooms to a bowl.
    In a large bowl combine cubed sausage and cheese with the black olives, sliced mushrooms, and minced green onions.
  • Add cooled tortellini and fresh basil.
    Add the cooled tortellini and chopped basil.
  • Combine sugar, vinegar, oil, salt, garlic, and black pepper in a bowl.
    Combine sugar, vinegar, oil, salt, garlic, and black pepper in a separate bowl. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  • Pour dressing over the pasta mixture.
    Add the dressing to the pasta mixture.
  • Adjust seasoning to taste.
    Adjust seasoning to taste.