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Tortellini-Broccoli Salad

 7 Ratings
3 Comments
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 20 min
  • Servings 4

Pasta salad can be a whole new flavor experience each time you make it just by switching the veggies.

Ingredients

Garlic Vinaigrette

1/4
cup cider or balsamic vinegar
1
tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
2
tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
1/4
teaspoon paprika
1/8
teaspoon salt
1
clove garlic, finely chopped

Salad

1
package (7 ounces) cheese-filled tortellini
1
medium carrot, sliced (1/2 cup)
2
cups broccoli flowerets
2
medium green onions, sliced (2 tablespoons)

Directions

  • 1 In tightly covered container, shake all vinaigrette ingredients.
  • 2 Cook and drain tortellini as directed on package. Rinse with cold water; drain.
  • 3 In large glass or plastic bowl, mix carrot, broccoli, onions and vinaigrette. Add tortellini; toss until evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour to blend flavors but no longer than 24 hours.

Expert Tips

If you have leftover ham, chop it and add to make a main-meal salad!

Supermarket salad bars can be a real time-saver. Rather than chopping the vegetables yourself, why not buy already-sliced carrots, broccoli and onions from the salad bar? To save more time, use 1/3 cup purchased balsamic vinaigrette dressing or another vinaigrette dressing of your choice.

For brightly colored vegetables, blanch them by immersing in boiling water for a few seconds and then plunging into ice water to stop the cooking process.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
250
Calories from Fat
100
% Daily Value
Total Fat
11g
16%
Saturated Fat
3g
14%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
Cholesterol
20mg
6%
Sodium
270mg
11%
Total Carbohydrate
29g
10%
Dietary Fiber
3g
12%
Sugars
4g
4%
Protein
8g
8%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
70%
70%
Vitamin C
60%
60%
Calcium
8%
8%
Iron
8%
8%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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