Wednesday, July 30, 2008


When I was up in Yosemite at the end of June I got to go to the weekly barbecue with all the students up there. My new friend Sunny made this awesome tortellini salad. She told me it was an America's Test Kitchen recipe (always great!) but my mom couldn't find it in her big ATK book and my kids were on the computer being good, so I didn't want to disrupt that with a recipe expedition on google. And thus I just made it up and put it together from memory ... with a little improvisation, too. You know me.

Tortellini Salad with Basil

1 package small cheese tortellini (mine came from Costco), cooked
2 small-medium zucchini, sliced
1 c. cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 of a small red onion, diced (no more than 1/4 c.)
2 chicken breasts, cooked and diced (grilled would be fabulous but I was lazy and used the microwave)
2-3 slices bacon, cooked to crispy and crumbled
A big handful of fresh basil leaves, chiffonaded
1/4 c. grated parmesan cheese
1/4 c. olive oil
2 tbsp. vinegar (red or white would be fine)
generous fresh ground pepper

Whisk the oil, vinegar, cheese, basil, bacon and pepper in a large bowl. Add everything else and mix.

On the side: grapes. 'Tis the season in California! We got the most amazing tiny champagne grapes in our CSA box last night. Perfect!

I am having the best leftovers for lunch today!


Braden and Meredith said...

You just made that up? Sheesh. Pretty impressive. It looks like it would be good, at any rate.

Sara said...

Keep the recipes comin'. I made this for dinner tonight and L.O.V.E.D. it. My roommates thank you too.

SalGal said...

The champagne grapes are SOOOO cute! I have to buy them every time I see them!!

Marta said...

yum! what part was the improv? i made pasta salad tonight too, but you'll have to read about it on my blog :)

Ana said...

The only parts I could remember were the tortellini, the basil, the red onions and the parmesan. I have no idea what else was supposed to be in there. So I just added color (veggies) and protein.

Thanksgivingmom said...

That sounds delicious!!!