Tortellini Salad da Country Gal – Secret Recipe Club

by Suzanne on March 19, 2012

Tortellini Salad da Country Gal

I know you are asking, “What in the heck is Suzanne thinking? Does she even know what she wrote for the title of this post?” I’m just a country girl from the, well, country. I’m Texan through and through. But somehow this salad needed a little more refined title than just “A Country Gal’s Tortellini Salad” simply because it is out of this world good!

So, I added a very refined, “da”.

The recipe comes from Amy’s Cooking Adventures and is one of the best food blogs of all times! Amy admits that she grew up in her mother’s kitchen watching her cook but she didn’t really learn a whole lot. What she did learn was via osmosis. However, the important lesson she took away from her time in the kitchen watching her mom was that families need a time to sit down together and talk about their day, their problems, and their successes.

There is something so comforting in sitting around a table of lovingly prepared homemade food and sharing it with those you care about most, something we both have in common for sure.

OK, enough or I’m going to start “tearin’ up”. *sniff*

I had such a huge number of Amy’s recipes that I wanted to make, but when I saw her Balsamic Tortellini Salad I stopped dead in my tracks. I hurried to the kitchen and put on a pot of boiling water right then and there.

Time’s a’ wastin’!

Tortellini Salad da Country Gal

4.0 from 2 reviews
Insalata di Tortellini da Suzanne
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Recipe type: Salad, Main
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Serves: 10
 
This will make a fabulous appetizer, entree, or side dish for your next family gathering. It makes a lot, but it will be completely gone before you can say "Tortellini!" Adapted from Amy's Cooking Adventures: Balsamic Tortellini Salad Serves 6-8 as a meal and 12-16 as a side dish
Ingredients
  • 1 20 oz. package of 3 Rainbow Cheese Tortellini, prepared and drained
  • 10 large spears of fresh Asparagus, parboiled
  • 1 14 oz. can of Artichoke Hearts in water, drained
  • 4 Tbsp White Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 4 cloves of fresh Garlic, rough chopped
  • 3 Spring Onions, thinly sliced using both white and the green
  • ½ Yellow Bell Pepper, julienned
  • ½ Red Bell Pepper, julienned
  • 12 large Green Olives, sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh Basil Chiffonade
  • 1 tsp creshed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 tsp fresh cracked Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 3 Roma Tomatoes, diced
  • 6 slices of Proscuiutto, diced
Instructions
  1. Cook tortellini per package directions and add asparagus spears to the boiling water with the tortellini for 2-3 minutes. Remove asparagus and finish cooking the tortellini. When the tortellini is al dente, drain and pour into very large mixing bowl
  2. Cut the asparagus into 1" pieces and add to the tortellini along with the remaining ingredients. Stir gently but thoroughly, cover and allow to chill in the refrigerator at least 1 hour before serving. Overnight chilling will really be best to allow the flavors to meld.

Of course there are a few variations of ingredients from Amy’s original recipe that you can find here. But overall I maintained the spirit of the recipe and the flavors. I KNOW you are going to love this one! And talk about perfect for the next family gathering . . . this is it!

If you want to check out all the other recipes for the Secret Recipe Club‘s Group C posts, the are all right here! Β Thank you to Angela, Group C’s Hostess with the Mostess for allowing me to post this with her group!

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Danielle March 19, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Can’t wait to try this. It will be perfect on one of these unseasonably warm days! Great choice!

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Suzanne March 19, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Unseasonably warm is right! I still feel like we should be talking about soups and stews. Thanks for stopping by and be sure and check out the rest of Amy’s recipes!

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Eliot March 19, 2012 at 6:06 PM

This looks fabulous—I love tortellini and you crack me up with the refinement of the title!!! πŸ™‚

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Suzanne March 19, 2012 at 7:44 PM

It tastes even better than it looks! πŸ˜€

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Jamie @ Cookin' with Moxie March 19, 2012 at 7:35 PM

This tortellini salad looks like it would be great for a summer party. I have friends over all the time in the summer so I’ll be sure to save this one in my collection! Thanks for the great SRC pick!

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Suzanne March 19, 2012 at 7:45 PM

This makes a huge bowl of salad, so a summer party would be perfect! I know your guests will love it!

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Mindy March 19, 2012 at 11:55 PM

I love all of the veggies (and colors in this salad)! I’m putting it on my list for my next potluck! (I’m a fellow Group C blogger.) πŸ™‚

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Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama March 20, 2012 at 12:48 AM

This looks so delicious and summery! I love pasta salads and am pinning this to try later! Great post!

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Suzanne March 20, 2012 at 1:13 AM

Thanks so much! All this really warm weather (and it is STILL winter, officially) put me in the mood for a nice, chilled salad rather than a bowl of steaming hot stew. This really hit the spot!

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Jennifer | Mother Thyme March 20, 2012 at 1:13 AM

This recipe is calling my name! What a great selection for SRC!

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Suzanne March 20, 2012 at 1:15 AM

Thanks so much! You will be the hit of the party and there will not be any leftovers, I promise!

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Teri@The Freshman Cook March 20, 2012 at 3:16 AM

This looks amazingly delicious! I am looking forward to making this!

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Renee - Kudos Kitchen March 20, 2012 at 4:14 AM

Eating the rainbow has never looked better! Colorful and healthy! Yum!!!

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Suzanne March 25, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Definitely a rainbow of color! Rainbow Salad. Great name!

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cindy March 20, 2012 at 5:08 PM

What a fun party dish. If this was served at a family gathering I would just park myself right by it! Looks yummy.

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Suzanne March 25, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Perfectly delicious and perfect for a family gathering!

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Suzanne March 25, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Wow, that is wonderful! And Thank you!

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Lisa~~ March 25, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Your salad is so colorful and delicious looking.

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Group ‘A’ SRC entry: Broiled Sushi.

Lisa~~
Cook Lisa Cook

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Suzanne March 26, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Thanks, Lisa! And I love the Broiled Sushi!

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