Tortellini Caprese Salad

Tortellini Caprese Salad

Welcome back, food enthusiasts! Today, I’m excited to share a delightful and vibrant recipe that’s perfect for summer gatherings or a light dinner – Tortellini Caprese Salad. This dish is a wonderful twist on the classic Caprese salad, adding a bit more substance with cheese tortellini. It’s fresh, easy to make, and incredibly delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 20 oz cheese tortellini, uncooked (approximately 5 cups uncooked) πŸ§€
  • 10 oz cherry tomatoes, halved πŸ…
  • 8 oz Mozzarella pearls πŸ§€
  • 1 cup chopped spinach πŸ₯¬
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil 🌿
  • 1/2 cup olive oil πŸ«’
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 🧴
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced πŸ§„
  • 3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning 🌿
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper πŸ§‚
  • Balsamic glaze, optional 🧴

Instructions:

1️⃣ Cook the Tortellini: Start by cooking the tortellini according to the package instructions. This should take about 10 minutes. 🍝

2️⃣ Prep Ingredients: While the tortellini cooks, prep and chop all other ingredients. Halve the cherry tomatoes, chop the spinach and basil, and mince the garlic. Set everything aside. πŸ…πŸ§€πŸ₯¬

3️⃣ Cool the Tortellini: Once the tortellini is cooked al dente, strain the water and rinse with cool water for a few seconds to cool it slightly. 🍲

4️⃣ Combine Ingredients: In a medium to large bowl, add the cooked tortellini. Then, add in the chopped spinach, halved cherry tomatoes, mozzarella pearls, chopped basil, and minced garlic. πŸ₯£πŸ₯¬πŸ…πŸ§€πŸŒΏπŸ§„

5️⃣ Dress the Salad: Pour over the olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Add the Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Toss the salad well to ensure everything is well combined and evenly coated. πŸ«’πŸ§΄πŸŒΏπŸ§‚

6️⃣ Chill and Serve: Chill the salad until you’re ready to serve it. Just before serving, give it a good toss to redistribute the olive oil. If it seems a bit dry, add a bit more olive oil. πŸŒ¬οΈπŸ«’

7️⃣ Optional Garnish: Add a drizzle of balsamic glaze just before serving for an extra touch of flavor. 🧴

Storage:

Store any leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days. ❄️

Time and Servings:

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Servings: 6 servings

This Tortellini Caprese Salad is not only a feast for the taste buds but also a visual delight with its colorful presentation. It’s perfect for meal prepping as it stores well in the refrigerator. Give this recipe a try and let me know how you like it! Enjoy your culinary adventure!

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Tortellini Caprese Salad


  • Author: Dulcia
  • Total Time: 25 min
  • Yield: 6 1x

Ingredients

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20 oz cheese tortellini, uncooked (approximately 5 cups uncooked) πŸ§€
10 oz cherry tomatoes, halved πŸ…
8 oz Mozzarella pearls πŸ§€
1 cup chopped spinach πŸ₯¬
1/4 cup chopped basil 🌿
1/2 cup olive oil πŸ«’
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 🧴
34 garlic cloves, minced πŸ§„
3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning 🌿
1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper πŸ§‚
Balsamic glaze, optional 🧴


Instructions

1️⃣ Cook the tortellini according to the package instructions. 🍝

2️⃣ While the tortellini cooks, prep and chop all other ingredients and set aside. πŸ…πŸ§€πŸ₯¬

3️⃣ When the tortellini is cooked al dente, strain the water and rinse with cool water for a few seconds to cool it slightly. 🍲

4️⃣ Add the tortellini to a medium to large bowl. πŸ₯£

5️⃣ Add in the spinach, tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and garlic. πŸ₯¬πŸ…πŸ§€πŸŒΏπŸ§„

6️⃣ Pour over the olive oil and balsamic vinegar, then add the Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Toss the salad well to combine. πŸ«’πŸ§΄πŸŒΏπŸ§‚

7️⃣ Chill until ready to serve. When ready to serve, toss well to redistribute the olive oil that is on the bottom of the bowl. Add more olive oil if it seems too dry. πŸŒ¬οΈπŸ«’

8️⃣ Add a drizzle of balsamic glaze just before serving, if desired. 🧴

Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days. ❄️

  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min

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