July ActiveRain Challenge-Savory Stories...Cold Tortellini Salad

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Original content by Kathy Streib

July ActiveRain Challenge-Savory Stories...Cold Tortellini Salad


Many years ago when I was learning how to cook and entertain, I came across a recipe that was so easy I had to try it. All it required was a package of tortellini and a bottle of caesar salad dressing.  I served it cold in a large bowl with some of those long bamboo skewers in it at our apartment pool party and everyone loved it. 


It became a go-to for me when I had to bring a salad or even an appetizer. Like many recipes, though (think of the seven-layer salad, Waldorf Salad, and meatloaf) people moved on to try newer dishes and recipes that were not their parent’s recipes.

But this year I resurrected my cold tortellini salad and the only change was that I added other ingredients that I had on hand. 


There’s no real recipe but I’ll share what I did. 


Cold Tortellini Salad

Celery- chopped


Tomatoes-chopped (or use cherry tomatoes cut in half)- I like to salt the tomatoes first to bring out the juice of the tomato.

Juice of one lime(optional)

Black or Spanish olives -sliced or chopped (optional)

Grated Parmesan Cheese


Cook the Tortellini* in boiling salted water according to package directions. Drain and mix with everything above. 


Add the Caesar dressing (as much or as little as you wish)  Place in the refrigerator to cool. Before serving you may need to add more of the dressing since pasta tends to soak up the liquids. 



This is one of those dishes that takes anything you want to throw at it...hard-boiled eggs, capers, avocados, artichoke hearts...just open your fridge or take a walk down your produce aisle. 


*The tortellini shown here are smaller than what I like to use. The ones I have used in the past are twice as large and I’ve already ordered some from Amazon!


This is an entry in Rocky Dickerson's July ActiveRain Challenge-Savory Stories.


 Kathy Streib 

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Comments (4)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Roy - I missed this one.  I have to go back o Kathy.

Aug 03, 2021 03:16 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Please be sure to leave comments at the original blog by Kathy Streib

Aug 03, 2021 04:37 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Roy,  Kathy has a great recipe I need to try.  I go out for lunch 3 days a week with clients and always get a salad.  Like to stay home more but the  clients perfer to meet out for lunch.


Aug 03, 2021 06:56 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Roy- Thank you for reblogging my post. 

Aug 03, 2021 06:14 PM