Monday, June 11, 2012

Tortellini, Artichoke and Sun Dried Tomato Salad

Summer is here!  I can't decide if I am super excited about it or dreading it.  I prefer temperatures in the 80s.  Around here, is isn't unusual to see temps in the 100s and I don't look forward to those days.  But the pool is warmer and we hang out there a lot.  I just like the idea of summer, you know?  Barbecues, lemonade, lazy pool days.   This is perfect for a summer barbecue and one of my favorite summer salads.  It's delicious and a little different than what everyone is used to.
 You can decide how strong you want the salad to be by adjusting the amount of red wine vinegar.  I got this recipe from my friend Susan in Rapid City but I think it's originally from Bon Appetit Magazine.

Tortellini, Artichoke and Sun Dried Tomato Salad
1/2 cup mayo
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4-1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt 
1/2 tsp pepper
*1/4 tsp basil or oregano
1 garlic clove, pressed
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 20 oz package fresh 3 cheese tortellini (I used the fresh frozen) cooked and drained
2 cups chopped celery
1 13.5 oz can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered or sliced
3/4 cup chopped green onion
1/2 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
1/2 cup olives, cut in half

Whisk all ingredients up to tortellini together in a non-metal bowl.  Add remaining ingredients and combine.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Serves 6-8 as a side dish.
*I didn't add the basil this last time because I bought sun dried tomatoes that were seasoned with basil.
**I really wish I had some of this salad right now.  Sadly I made it last week and it's gone. :(  If you make it, bring me some.


  1. Looks yummy! I love any salad that has tortellini in it.

  2. This recipe is great, in Spain the temperature is crazy these days!!!

  3. What a fun and tasty looking salad!


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