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
Just reach for this recipe when you want a nicely tangy change of pace form ordinary salads. Everyday ingredients come together is a delightful dressing that enhances the greens, vegetables, oranges and walnuts.
THIS salad is surprisingly flavorful and light, a refreshing change from a mayonnaise-based dressing. There is a nice contrast of textures and it's very easy to make. It can be adjusted to the number of people served.
Puree some leftover strawberries, add a little oil and white wine vinegar and you'll have strawberry vinaigrette.
Some grocery stores do carry strawberry vinaigrette, which can be used in place of raspberry vinaigrette.
"I'm a cook on a tour boat for a month at a time and never leave home without this recipe," writes Rita Evans of Evansville, Indiana. "This marinated salad is a snap to serve when you're rushed."
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"When it comes to pleasing a crowd at a picnic or other summer gathering, this colorful pasta and veggie salad does the trick," say Taunja Roberts of Amity, Oregon. "My good fried Melody created this terrific recipe and shared it with me.
“An interesting combination of sweet and salty flavors gives this Greek salad a delicious twist. And the tart chewiness of the dried cranberries makes a wonderful complement to the salty feta cheese. I often take this to work for lunch,” says Carine Nadel in Laguna Hills, California.