One of my childhood friends moved to Italy 20 years ago. During a recent visit to see her, I enjoyed a scrumptious salad made with tortellini and fresh vegetables. I fell in love with the dish and have been trying to recreate ever since. How'd I do? —Kelly Mapes, Fort Collins, Colorado
Two ladies from our church brought this over after I had my first child. Every time I make it, I think of those two dear sisters who made my initial days as a mom easier.—Jacqueline Graves, Lawrenceville, Georgia
“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.”
"This tried-and-true salad is simple to toss together and convenient since you make it ahead," reports May Sisk Hazlet, New Jersey. "Now that my husband and I are retired, we travel a lot and enjoy having more time for family and hobbies."
Hasel King from Nacogdoches, Texas combines spinach tortellini and carrots to bring color and variety to this tasty chilled pasta recipe. Italian dressing and fragrant basil add lively flavor with minimal effort.
"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."
This is an easy salad to make for your gathering—orange peppers certainly add a Halloween flair. For a fun presenatation, use a plastic cauldron for serving. You can also make this into appetizers by cutting the orange pepper into 1-inch cubes and threading the peppers and the other ingredients onto skewers.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen