This ultimate pasta salad starts with copious amounts of bacon, a perfectly tangy ranch dressing, fresh vegetables and tortellini pasta. It's the perfect summer salad bursting with vibrant colors and flavors. It is versatile enough to serve with any main dish, and this recipe is so amazing and so simple to make you will be eating it all year long.
We officially broke 100 degrees here in Arizona last week. That is when I automatically start craving and looking for cold side salads. I love pasta salads. They are one of my favorites. They pretty much incorporate all my favorites into one bowl: pasta, cheese, veggies and yummy dressings and toppings. That is summer salad perfection.
Luckily for me and my family and friends, Chad and Munchkin are not as keen on pasta salads as I am so I am fortunate enough to share with our loved ones. Oddly, I can't seem to eat an entire recipe on my own and I love to love to feed my loved ones. Something about it is so fulfilling. Am I the only one?
Last week I was able to share with several of our friends and it received rave reviews! I have to say this was one time that I actually thought "maybe I should have kept more for myself". It was such a fabulous lunch. To lighten it up a bit I added in more veggies and kept everything else the same. Check out the cook's notes for more information on that.
Loaded with fresh vegetables and tortellini pasta this Greek Pasta Salad is almost perfect, add a sweet and tangy dressing to the mix and you have yourself a must try recipe! My new favorite summer salad and I am sure you will love it too. - See more at: http://www.theslowroasteditalian.com/2014/04/greek-tortellini-salad-recipe.html#sthash.1R5dOJWk.dpufI took inspiration from my favorite Greek Tortellini Salad and loaded this pasta salad with fresh vegetables and tortellini pasta. The ranch dressing and the bacon really make this salad Bursting with flavor it is sure to be a hit at your summer get together!
With love from our simple kitchen to yours.
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Greek Tortellini Salad is loaded with fresh vegetables and tortellini pasta, making this Greek Pasta Salad almost perfect. Add a sweet and tangy dressing to the mix and you have yourself a perfect must try recipe! An easy make-ahead recipe. Simply layer salad and pack dressing separately. Add dressing and toss to coat when you are ready to serve.
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Bacon Ranch Tortellini Salad
SERVES 8 | ACTIVE TIME 20 Min | TOTAL TIME 20 Min
1 (15 ounce) bag cheese-filled tortellini pasta
16 ounces grape tomatoes, halved
1 orange bell pepper, cut into bite size pieces
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into bite size pieces
1 English cucumber, cut into spears and then quartered
1/2 medium red onion, rough dice
1 (4.25 ounce) can sliced black olives
4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, cubed
1 cup bacon crumbles (1 pound cooked, cooled and crumbled)
Easy Ranch Dressing
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
3 tablespoons dry ranch salad dressing mix
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 cloves minced garlic (or 1 teaspoon garlic paste)
1 teaspoon course ground black pepper
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook tortellini according to directions on the package (do not add salt to the water). Drain and set aside to cool once cooked.
Meanwhile, prepare dressing: In a medium bowl whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream and milk. Add remaining dressing ingredients. Place in refrigerator until ready to dress salad.
Combine cooled tortellini and remaining salad ingredients in a large bowl. Pour dressing over salad and gently toss with salad tongs until well coated. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Serve and enjoy!
COOK'S NOTES: Salad is excellent the next day. If you prefer your salad more vegetable heavy, add 1 more orange pepper, 1yellow pepper, 1 cucumber. Follow the instructions for the remaining steps.
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