This Tortellini Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette Recipe is so easy to whip up that our kids can do it.
Personally, I love recipes that can be made ahead of time. As a super busy Mom of 3 boys, they are my lifesaver for most meals and events. What about you?
Plus, it is so yummy that it will quickly become a family favorite!
Make it a Meal:
Since this pasta salad recipe is much cooler and lighter, it can pair very well with heavier sides and/or main dishes.
You could even throw some sunflower seeds and bacon pieces into it to make it a complete meal on its own.
It would also be a great pre-meal salad to enjoy before eating this one-dish Chicken Teriyaki Skillet Recipe.
Here are my recommendations for your next meal.
Main Dish – Grilled Garlic Shrimp Skewers
Side: Asparagus Spirals
Bread: Zucchini Bread
Don’t forget dessert: Four Layer Delight
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Easy Tortellini Salad Recipe with DIY Dijon Vinaigrette
This salad is a light alternative to heavy, mayo-laden pasta side dishes.
- Tortellini Salad:
- Dijon Vinaigrette recipe below or similar bottled dressing
- 1 lb. 3-Cheese Tortellini
- 2½ cups Fresh Broccoli chopped
- 3 medium Tomatoes seeded and chopped
- 1 Green Onion chopped
- Dijon Vinaigrette:
- 3/ 8 cup Canola Oil
- 3/ 8 cup Balsamic Vinegar
- ½ cup Dijon Mustard
- ¼ cup Half and Half
- 1 tsp. Dried Italian Seasoning
- 1 clove Garlic minced
Cook pasta until almost al dente, about 7 to 8 minutes. Add broccoli to pot with pasta and cook just until pasta is al dente, about 1 minute more. Drain immediately.
Rinse pasta and broccoli in very cold water until completely cooled. Drain thoroughly.
Combine pasta and broccoli with rest of vegetables in large bowl.
Prepare vinaigrette according to recipe. Add to pasta and vegetables, reserving 1/ 3 cup. Toss to coat.
Bring to room temperature before serving and drizzle with reserved vinaigrette.
Pulse in blender or whisk until thoroughly combined
Wednesday 28th of March 2018
This is a great pasta salad recipe, the tortellini makes it extra special and it sounds fresh and delicious, perfect for sharing! Thank you for bringing this to Fiesta Friday :)
Saturday 24th of March 2018
Lovely! Thanks for sharing on Fiesta Friday
Saturday 24th of March 2018
I love a salad like this that you can change up so many different ways! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing your great post with us at Full Plate Thursday! Miz Helen
Mother of 3
Monday 19th of March 2018
That sounds so yummy! We enjoy trying out lots of different pasta salad recipes. Pinned.
Sunday 17th of December 2017
This is perfect for a tasty lunch! The longer is sits, the better it gets!