Spinach Tortellini Salad, The perfect holiday salad!

It’s Christmas…. almost at least! It took me a while to get into the holiday swing this year, but now I am definitely ready! During this time of year there are always plenty of parties and social outings where bringing a covered dish is common. This salad is one of my favorites for this time of year, mainly because it is red and green and tastes delicious! I use a lot of store-bought pieces, but overall this salad is fresh, fun, and light in comparison to a lot of other traditional holiday dishes!

For this salad, I have commonly purchased my ingredients from Trader Joe’s because I have a slight obsession with their cheese tortellini and light champagne vinaigrette. You can get these ingredients from just about any food store, so I’ll give you the general quantities for each ingredient that I typically use.

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Side not, yes my kitchen is vey messy! I apologize in advance, but with the holidays also comes lots of mess in the Quinn household! I tried to clean it up a little, but 24 hours later it was right back to where I had started.

I really hope you give this yummy salad a try! Let me know what you think, and happy holidays!

Spinach Tortellini Salad

Ingredients: (serves 8-10)

  • 1 heaping cup dry cheese tortellini; is using fresh cheese tortellini you can use about 1 1/2 cups
  • 4 cups (or about 3/4 bag) of fresh spinach
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese (can sub goat cheese)
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup walnut or pecan pieces
  • dressing to taste (I tend to use Trader Joe’s Light Champagne Vinaigrette)
  • black pepper to taste

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(PS that is my super cute golden retriever, Eddie! He loves to supervise me in the kitchen!)

Directions:

Cook your tortellini as directed, strain and let cool. I usually add a drizzle of olive oil to prevent the pasta from sticking together. In a large bowl, add your fresh spinach, sun dried tomatoes, nuts, cheese, and cooled pasta. Wait until 5-10 minutes before serving to add your dressing and toss. I tend to finish with a little sprinkle of black pepper. Enjoy!

 

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