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tortellini pasta salad

Recipe by
Laurie Sanders
Seattle, WA

We had a salad potluck at work and someone brought a tortellini pasta salad. It was so delicious, I decided to make a similar one but with some fresh basil to boost the flavor.

yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 1 Hr
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For tortellini pasta salad

  • 1 pkg
    cheese tortellini
  • 12
    grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 slice
    smoked gouda
  • 1/4 c
  • 1/3 c
    plain greek yogurt
  • 6 lg
    fresh basil leaves or 12 small ones
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    white sugar
  • 2 Tbsp
    white wine vinegar

How To Make tortellini pasta salad

  • 1
    Cook the tortellini per directions and then drain and spread out in a pan or cookie sheet. Stick in the fridge to cool. I used 1 package of fresh cheese tortellini from Trader Joe's. It was a smallish package.
  • 2
    As the pasta cools, cut the tomatoes in half. Stack up 4 slices of smoked gouda and cut into bite sized pieces. I used 4 slices from a Trader Joe's package of smoked gouda. Use more or less depending on your preference.
  • 3
    For the dressing: Place the basil leaves in a food processor or chopper, chop up, add the olive oil and process some more. Add the yogurt, mayo and vinegar. Add salt, sugar and black pepper to taste.
  • 4
    Toss pasta, tomatoes, cheese and dressing together in a bowl. Return to fridge and refrigerate until dinner time. It was even better the 2nd day.