creamy tortellini salad

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By Deb Justus
from The Villages, FL

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.

serves 15- 20
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 10 Min
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For creamy tortellini salad

  • 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
    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
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How To Make creamy tortellini salad

  • 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.

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