Beans will bring bravos when you present this pleasant pasta and veggie salad. "I first made it for friends who are very good cooks. When it was gone, they asked where the second bowl was," chuckles Lenore Adams of Dayton, Ohio. "Among my make-ahead favorites, it's a big hit every time I serve it."
Here’s a great meatless recipe with real Mediterranean flair that’s hearty enough to qualify as an entrée. Laced with a tart vinaigrette dressing and bursting with strips of sweet pepper, onion and zucchini, it’s also colorful enough to serve as a pretty side dish. Thanks to subscriber Stacey Mofle in Universal City, Texas for this tasty dish!
“My family always asks for and enjoys this salad when we have special gatherings,“ shares Patricia Mallon from Yakima, Washington. “It also works great for potlucks since it's so quick and easy to prepare.“ TIP: To turn the Veggie Tortellini Salad into an easy stand-alone meal mainstay, try adding grilled chicken strips, pepperoni or Italian salami. Serve with slices of crusty bread and iced sun tea.
“This salad's a family favorite-especially at summer picnics-and unbelievably easy," writes Susan McCarthy from Old Lyme, Connecticut. "Sometimes I'm embarrassed at how little effort it takes to get such rave reviews! Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as our family does.”
"After tasting this wonderful side dish at a potluck, I had to have more, so I experimented with lightening it up," Tiffany Anderson-Taylor explains from Gulfport, Florida. "It ended up tasting as good as the original."
Once you've cooked the tortellini, the rest of this salad is a breeze to finish in the microwave. Sour cream provides the mild coating over this memorable medley of pasta, ham and broccoli shared Catherine Allan of Twin Falls, Idaho.
Being from Vermont, the nation's leading maple syrup-producing state, I use pure maple syrup for a special sweet taste. By adding chicken, this salad can be a light main course. — Vicky McClain, St. Albans, Vermont