Monday, August 29, 2016

meatless monday: tortellini tomato salad

one of the best things about living in a neighborhood is having neighbors! often times, when we don't have weekend plans, we'll plan a casual dinner and people will bring sides. since I'm a vegetarian, I am always bringing the veggie sides! a couple weeks ago, our realtor gave us a beautiful cookbook holder for our housewarming party and I immediately added a cookbook to display. I randomly turned to this page with a photo of tortellini tomato salad. it looked delicious! I didn't realize that it would inspire me so much that I would end up making it a few days later.

I also like this recipe because it was very portable in this case, for neighbor dinner. I mixed up the dressing in a mason jar and only had to bring tortellini, tomatoes, and basil in addition to the dressing. easy peasy! I would definitely recommend this recipe for a quick, easy, and yummy side dish that comes together in about 20 minutes. not only that, it's super colorful and all the guys liked it too. 

I just threw this little mason jar in my bag and put this dish together in no time at our neighbor's.


-18 oz. of frozen or refrigerated cheese tortellini
-1/2 c. olive oil
-1/2 c. grated parmesan cheese
-3 T. lemon juice
-2 garlic cloves
-1 t. worcestershire sauce
-1/2 t. salt
-2 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
-1 c. corn kernels (I used canned)
-1/2 c. green onions
-1/2 c. roughly chopped basil
-salt to taste


1. prepare the tortellini according to the package.

2. meanwhile, process the olive oil and next 5 ingredients in a food processor until smooth. (I just shook them all in the mason jar). 

3. toss the olive oil mixture with the hot, strained tortellini in a large bowl. add tomatoes, corn, and basil.

4. season with salt and pepper to taste, serve.


  1. It looks just like the dang picture!!! And it looks marvelous!

    1. Woohoo! The picture is what sold me on making this dish!