Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tortellini Spinach Salad with Tomato Balsamic Dressing

My friend Kelly from Running Mama Cooks (which came from our other friend Juliann who got from somewhere else...) made this salad a few weeks ago for a playdate. It was absolutely delicious, and I couldn't wait to make it myself.

This meal is hearty enough for dinner, and the leftovers make a fantastic lunch. This is absolutely perfect for those summer nights when it's too hot to eat much else. Plus... the ice cream I ate later was almost guilt-free. ;)


  • 20 oz package three cheese tortellini
  • 6 oz turkey bacon, cut into chunks
  • 6 oz bag baby spinach
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small jar roasted red peppers, thinly sliced

  • 9 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 ½ tablespoon tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper to taste (about 1/8 teaspoon each)
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
Cook tortellini in boiling water until al dente. Drain and toss with a teaspoon of olive oil to keep from sticking. Let cool in colander.

Cook turkey bacon until crisp. Remove with slotted spoon onto paper towel. Allow to cool.

In a large bowl, toss all the salad ingredients together after the pasta and bacon has cooled.

In a blender add all of the dressing ingredients except for the olive oil and process until smooth. Then, while the blender is running, slowly add the olive oil and blend until completely combined. If serving the salad right away, immediately pour the dressing over the salad and toss well (you may not need all the dressing). Serve.


  1. loved when you made this! soo good! i told my mom about it on my way home and decided it's my next summer gtg contribution!

  2. This recipe is going to make the rounds through all my friends too. So glad you liked it as much as I did.......and everyone else too !


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