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Tortellini Caesar Salad

 Tortellini Caesar Salad
This salad was served at a dear friend's baby shower by a health-conscious friend, who suggested the dressing be prepared with low-fat or fat-free ingredients. Either way, the creamy dressing has plenty of garlic flavor and coats the pasta, romaine and croutons nicely. -Tammy Steenbock, Sembach Air Base, Germany
10 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (19 ounces) frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup plus 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 cups torn romaine
  • 1 cup seasoned salad croutons
  • Halved cherry tomatoes, optional

Directions

  • Cook tortellini according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a
  • small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, milk, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese,
  • lemon juice and garlic.
  • Drain tortellini and rinse in cold water; transfer to a large bowl.
  • Add romaine and remaining Parmesan. Just before serving, drizzle
  • with dressing; toss to coat. Top with croutons and tomatoes if
  • desired. Yield: 10 servings.
Nutritional Facts: One serving (prepared with fat-free mayonnaise and fat-free milk and without tomatoes) equals 144 calories, 4 g fat (0 saturated fat), 14 mg cholesterol, 318 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 8 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.