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Tortellini Salad with romaine, gorgonzola, olives, garlic toasts
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5 from 2 votes

Tortellini Salad

I love a good salad and when you add in tortellini, the salad just became a party! Wouldn't this be the perfect addition to your next barbecue or family gathering?
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Entree Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Calories: 514kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 small head of romaine washed and chopped
  • 8 oz pack of cheese or meat tortellini
  • ½ small red onion peeled and sliced
  • 8-10 assorted olives
  • 1 large tomato cut into small wedges or 10-12 grape tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp mountain picante Gorgonzola cheese crumbled or blue cheese crumbles
  • olive oil to taste
  • balsamic vinegar to taste
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Italian parsley - finely chopped
  • day old bread to make garlic toasts
  • 1 clove garlic crushed and finely minced
  • 1-2 tablespoon olive oil
  • sprinkle of grated Romano cheese

Instructions

  • Cook tortellini according to directions, and then allow to cool while preparing the rest of the salad.

Garlic Toasts

  • Slice day old bread into small toasts
  • In a sauté pan, add olive oil and minced garlic and allow to heat until garlic begins to cook, then remove from heat.
  • Coat each side of your toasts with the garlic oil and place on baking sheet
  • Sprinkle the top side with grated Romano cheese and place under a broiler until one side is toasted golden brown, then turn over the garlic toasts to toast the other side.
  • Set aside to serve with salad (if you have a lot of day old bread these can be made in quantity and stored in a Tupperware container for about a week)

Tortellini Salad

  • In a salad bowl, combine tortellini, olives, tomatoes, red onion, and Gorgonzola crumbles -toss to mix.
  • Add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sea salt and black pepper to taste. Or use your favorite Italian style salad dressing. Toss ingredients to coat all the components.
  • Place a good handful of chopped romaine on your plate and top with the tortellini salad.
  • Sprinkle with chopped Italian parsley and serve with garlic toasts.

Nutrition

Calories: 514kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 942mg | Potassium: 256mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1901IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 255mg | Iron: 3mg