Simple Tortellini Cesar Salad Recipe
The first time I had this Tortellini Cesar Salad was at my sister’s house. She is one of those people who pull out all the stops and plan the perfect meals for her guests. It feels super special to visit her because she has thought about the details of your stay. If anyone truly takes hostessing seriously it is my sister. I absolutely adore her for this. And someday I would like to be as attentive to my guests as she is.
If I remember correctly she was apologizing to me that she wasn’t making something more grand for lunch. She had chosen this Tortellini Cesar Salad recipe from one of her well loved cookbooks, although I don’t remember which one. Perhaps it was the spring blooms and sunshine out the window and the company that made this such a perfect afternoon lunch with my sister. But it was a recipe that I asked for and I knew I was going to use it regularly at home. Food can be so impressionable.
May: National Salad Month
When I heard that this month’s Foodie Extravaganza was all about salads I knew immediately which recipe I would make. May is National Salad month and I knew Tortellini Cesar Salad would be my perfect go-to salad. Although sharing a green salad sometimes seems like such a basic recipe and unworthy of a blog post. A large number of my meals are green salads. In fact I would go as far to say that salads are one of my favorite meals. The humble salad is super underrated. Unless you put it in a mason jar and all the sudden it’s fancy.
Well my Tortellini Cesar Salad is NOT in a mason jar. Sorry hipsters. Although, I am sure you could easily layer it and it would be just as incredible. I suppose I am old fashioned when it comes to my salad in a bowl. Back in the day they used to have waiters come with a cart to your table and make Cesar Salads for you. This was tres fancy. Really good restaurants would even use fresh anchovies to make the dressing. My dressing doesn’t have anchovies but it feels fancy enough to share with your sister, like you are ladies who lunch on a perfect spring day. While your kids are wild in the background.
Tortellini Cesar Salad
As per usual here are my notes about the recipe. First, if you have time make homemade onion straw nests to garnish. Not only are these delectable they add a certain amount of flair and I wish I had taken the time to add them for pictures. But my head cold wasn’t going to give me that much energy. If you are short on time the store bought fried onions are a delicious addition as well. My husband is not huge on croutons so I rarely add them to my dishes although they do have a place here if you so desire.
Now I am a carb lover. I could carb load all day. But I am NOT a cardio lover so I tend to avoid too much pasta. The reason I really love this salad is the mix of lots of veggies with a subtle amount of starchy pasta to satisfy me. It’s the perfect way to get that pasta craving satisfied but fill up on lots of greens. I hope you enjoy this salad as much as I do! It’s simple and elegant. After all “Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication.” Bon Appetit!
- 1 8oz Package Tortellinis Cooked and Drained
- Salad mix of Arugula and Baby Kale
- 1 Cup Shredded Parmesan (Divided)
- 1 Cup Mayo
- Juice of 1 Lemon
- ¼ Cup Milk
- 3 Cloves Garlic Crushed
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Garnish with homemade onion straws or croutons (optional)
- Start by cooking your tortellini according to package directions.
- Then set aside to cool, toss with olive oil to keep from sticking.
- Next make your dressing by adding Mayo, Lemon, Milk, Garlic, ½ the Parmesan, and S & P.
- Mix well. Let the dressing sit to develop the flavor.
- Take your washed and dried greens and tortellini toss with the salad dressing.
- Finally garnish with remaining cheese and a nest of onion straws or croutons.
- A nice grind of black pepper on top really finishes the salad nicely.
May’s Foodie Extravaganza
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