Italian Chopped Salad with Tortellini recipe

Italian Chopped Salad with Tortellini

by sheri silver (@sherisilver)
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ItalianLunchDinnerMain CourseSaladMeatNut-FreeNon-Vegetarian

Pasta salad gets a major upgrade with this easy, delicious, do-ahead recipe!


4 Servings
(1 serving = 1 serving)

For the dressing:

  • 1tbsp
    red wine vinegar
  • 2tsp
    dried oregano
  • 1clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1
  • 1/2tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1
    ground black pepper
  • 1/2cup
    extra virgin olive oil

For the salad:

  • 16oz
    cheese tortellini
  • 1/2
    small red onion
  • 1pt
    cherry tomatoes, halved and placed on a paper towel-lined baking sheet
  • 1can
    chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4lb
    provolone, 1/4″ thick and cut into cubes
  • 1/4lb
    Genoa salami, 1/4″ thick and cut into cubes
  • 5
    pepperoncini, cut into thin slices
  • 1cup
    marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • fresh basil leaves, for garnish


Make the dressing:

  1. Whisk together the vinegar, oregano, minced garlic, juice from the lemon, salt, and pepper. While whisking constantly, add the olive oil in a steady stream, whisking until emulsified. Set aside.

Make the salad:

  1. Cook the tortellini until al dente. Drain and place in a large bowl, tossing with a little bit of the dressing to prevent sticking.

  2. Thinly slice the onion and place in a bowl of ice water. Set aside while preparing the rest of the recipe.

  3. Season the tomatoes with salt and let sit while preparing the rest of the recipe.

  4. Combine chickpeas, provolone, salami, pepperoncini, and artichoke hearts with the tortellini. Drain the onions, pat dry, and add to the salad. Add the tomatoes, pour in half of the dressing, and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. When ready to serve, add the remaining dressing and toss again. Adjust seasoning to taste and serve, garnished with basil leaves.

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