Memorial Day Menu: Susie’s Picnic-Perfect Pasta Salad


You saw perfect picnic outfits in Alexa’s post above, now it’s time to think about what dish to prepare for those neighborhood picnics, parties, and barbeques this weekend. My go-to for the season is simple to make but super flavorful and delicious: tortellini salad.



Tortellini Salad


20 ounces fresh cheese tortellini, cooked al dente and drained
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
1/2 pound salami, cubed
1/2 pound Havarti cheese, cubed
1 red and 1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 cup black olives sliced
4 green onions including tops, sliced

6 T red wine vinegar
2 t dried basil
2 t Dijon mustard
½ t salt
½ t coarsely ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup virgin olive oil

In a large bowl, combine tortellini, parsley, salami, cheese, bell peppers, olives, and green onions.  In a blender or food processor, combine all dressing ingredients and blend well.  Pour ½ dressing over salad and toss thoroughly.  Cover and refrigerate at least for 1 hour.  Pour more dressing on salad when ready to serve. Yield 6-12 servings.

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