Tuesday Treats: Caesar Tortellini Salad

I’m a big fan of pasta salads, especially with the edition of meat because…carnivore. Even if it’s chicken. 😉 Anyway, this is an easy variation with some awesome flavors. As I’m allergic to tomatoes, I leave those out. Your mileage may vary.

Total Time: 1 Hr. 15 Min.
Prep Time: 15 Min.
Cook Time: 1 Hr.
Servings: 6 (1 cup each)

Thanks to refrigerated cheese pasta, this Caesar Tortellini Salad couldn’t be quicker (or easier) to make. Sprinkle with Parmesan and enjoy!

What You Need
1 pkg. (9 oz.) refrigerated cheese tortellini, cooked, drained and rinsed
3/4 cup KRAFT Classic Caesar Dressing
2 plum tomatoes, cut into thin wedges
1 can (6 oz.) pitted black olives, drained
1/2 cup sliced red onions, separated into rings
1/4 cup POLLY-O Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Let’s Make It
1 – Toss all ingredients except cheese in large bowl; cover.
2 – Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
3 – Sprinkle with cheese just before serving.

Kitchen Tips
Tip 1 – Size Wise: Keep an eye on portion size when you enjoy this rich salad!

Tip 2 – Substitute: Substitute 1 medium cucumber, thinly sliced, for the olives.

Tip 3 – Variation: Chicken Caesar Tortellini Salad – Add 2 grilled or broiled boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips, to salad before refrigerating.

My Tip – You can use creamy Caesar dressing which is a nice change. Also croutons and/or bacon bits for a bit of crunch. And, as above, no tomatoes for me!
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What about y’all? What’s your favorite summer dish? And would you like to visit Key West?

About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of several award-winning series--Moonstruck, Nightriders MC, The Penumbra Papers, and Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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2 Responses to Tuesday Treats: Caesar Tortellini Salad

  1. Sounds yummy. I’d do grape tomatoes, though, and no onions. Can’t do raw onions. Bleh.

    Loved this book so much!

    As for favorite summer dishes, I’m a fan of what I like to call ‘big salad’, where I put out a lettuce mix and then it’s like a salad bar on the counter – olives, mushrooms, tomatoes, carrots, cheeses, ham and/or chicken chunks, bacon bits, and croutons, along with whatever dressings I have in the house to choose from. =o)

    • Silver James says:

      Sort of a Chef’s Salad Smorgasbord! Love it. 🙂 And the fun thing about pasta salads is that you can customize to fit your own tastes. I ❤ red onions, can't do tomatoes. But I'd also consider adding chopped celery, romanine lettuce, and/or julianne carrots because I'm all adventurous like that. 😆

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