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!