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An easy and hearty salad with tortellini.

Herb Chicken Tortellini on Taste and Tell

Photo Updated November 2013

It was hot here yesterday. Really hot! I wanted to get some yard work done, so I went out in the morning, knowing that it was going to be a hot day, but an hour into it, I was already dripping with sweat. I lasted about 2 hours before I called it quit and decided to go inside for the day. You would think that with the heat (reaching 100 degrees F) I would park myself in front of the television with a cold beverage, but no, I get ambitious and want to cook all day. So, with the air conditioner on and all of the ceiling fans running, I set to work.

The main part of my baking day went to making a tart that I will post about tomorrow. I knew that I didn’t want something really hot for dinner, so I went looking through some salad recipes. I found this Herb Chicken Tortellini Salad that was not only a cold salad, but looked really fast and easy, since I already knew what I wanted to make for dinner. It is a pasta salad that would work well as a side, but I decided to serve it as our main dish, but I knew we needed something else. Knowing I was stuck in the house the rest of the day, I got ambitious and made some breadsticks. Making any sort of bread is ambitious because I don’t have a stand mixer. But I went for it anyway….

The salad was great. The only thing I did differently is that I didn’t add in the whole 10 oz bag of spinach. I had put about 2/3 in, and it looked like enough, so I stopped there. It worked really well as a main dish, and the best part was that I was able to finish it a little before hand and put it in the fridge until it was time to eat.

UPDATE – if you are looking for the breadstick recipe, you can find them HERE.

Herb Chicken Tortellini
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An easy and hearty salad with tortellini.
Serves: 6 servings
  • 1 (9-oz) package Refrigerated Herb Chicken Tortellini – prepared according to package directions and chilled
  • 1 (10 oz) bag ready to use spinach torn into bite size pieces
  • 1 cup diced mozzarella cheese (4 oz)
  • 1 (6 oz) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and sliced
  • 1 cup sliced ripe olives
  • ⅓ cup roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
  • 1 c Caesar salad dressing
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Combine pasta, spinach, mozzarella cheese, artichokes, olives and roasted peppers in a medium bowl. Add dressing; toss to coat. Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese.
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12 Responses to Herb Chicken Tortellini Salad

  1. Joe says:

    If you wanted to halve the recipe, you could certainly lightly beat the egg in a small dish, measure out half and use that – I do that often as there is just two of us here as well.

  2. Kelly-Jane says:

    Your salad looks lovely and those breadsticks, wow!

  3. Kristen says:

    That salad looks and sounds delectable. Those breadsticks… my mouth is watering!

  4. Lis says:

    I wish I had that salad in front of me this afternoon! The breadsticks too! (of course hehe).. this is the kind of pasta salad I like.. with a lil green in it too. =)


  5. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Those breadsticks look delicious, Deb! The salad does, too. 🙂

  6. Anh says:

    What a great meal! And your bread does look so good!

  7. Freya and Paul says:

    At last! A sophisticated pasta salad! Delicious!

  8. Ellie says:

    What a delightful looking salad – man, I can see that being a wonderfully refreshing dinner salad for hot summer nights!

  9. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    This looks lovely!

  10. Liz Collet SmoothBreeze7 ArtPhoto says:

    sounds delicious
    greetz Liz

  11. Liz Collet SmoothBreeze7 ArtPhoto says:

    sounds delicious
    greetz Liz

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