Tortellini Salad with Pesto

  • 8 C tortellini, cooked and chilled (4 C dry)
  • 1 C pesto (on this site)
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 C Marilyn’s French Dressing (on this site)
  • 14 C romaine (or other green leaf)
  • 2 C cooked chicken, diced – optional
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Combine all ingredients (except cheese) in a mixing bowl.  Stir to blend all ingredients.  Sprinkle with cheese and serve.

from Sensational Summer Salads (

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Southwest Chicken Salad

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 6 T olive oil
  • 6 T balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 t salt
  • pinch of pepper

Salad and Toppings:

  • 10 C lettuce of your choice, freshly washed and torn
  • 1 bell pepper of your choice, chopped
  • 2 C cooked or grilled chicken, cubed
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • sliced green onions
  • 2 avocados, peeled and diced
  • a handful of chopped fresh cilantro

Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk with a fork or small whisk.  Set aside for flavors to combine.  Prepare lettuce and toppings as specified in the ingredients list.  Layer salad starting with the lettuce.  Sprinkle pepper, chicken, black beans, green onions, avocado, and cilantro.  Drizzle dressing on top and enjoy!

adapted from

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Pasta Salad

  • 3 C dry pasta (8 oz.), your choice
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 C frozen peas
  • 1/2 C red sweet pepper, diced
  • 8 oz. cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 1 C cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 T fresh basil, chopped (or 2 t dry) (may substitute oregano)
  • 1/2 C vinaigrette (also on this site)

Cook pasta and rinse with cold water; drain.  Combine pasta with other ingredients and chill.

(Auntie Karen served this to us in Ohio.  It’s a big hit!)

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Tortellini Caesar Salad

  • 24 oz. cheese and garlic tortellini, uncooked
  • 20 oz. salad greens
  • 1 1/2 C grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 1/4 C croutons (see Creamy Caesar Salad recipe on this site)
  • 1 C Caesar salad dressing, divided (see Creamy Caesar Salad recipe on this site)

Cook pasta according to package directions.  In bowl, toss salad greens with tomatoes, croutons, and half of the dressing.  In another bowl, toss cooked pasta with the remaining dressing.  Serve pasta mixture over salad greens.

(recipe from Ronzoni tortellini package)

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Creamy Caesar Salad

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 C mayonnaise
  • 1/4 C red wine vinegar
  • 4 t Dijon mustard
  • 4 t soy sauce
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 t Cajun seasoning
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 3 C of 3/4″ bread cubes
  • 36 oz. romaine lettuce
  • 2/3 C Parmesan cheese
  • 2 C cooked, diced chicken, optional

Combine first 7 ingredients in blender and process until well blended.  Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.  Combine oil, Cajun seasoning, and garlic in pan over medium heat.  Bring to a boil, stirring 9 seconds; remove.  Add bread cubes and toss gently to coat.  Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes until golden brown.  Place lettuce in a large bowl.  Add dressing and Parmesan cheese.  Toss gently to coat.  Top with toasted bread cubes.

from The Bread Beckers Recipe collection

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Tuna Pasta Salad

  • 9 oz. tortellini pasta, filled with cheese
  • 2 (5 oz.) cans tuna, drained
  • 4 boiled eggs, chopped
  • small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 C relish
  • 1/2 C celery, chopped
  • 1/2 C mayonnaise

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain and cool.  Add all other ingredients to pasta.  Chill and serve.  (May substitute chicken for tuna.)


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Todd’s Broccoli Salad

  • 12 oz. bag broccoli florets
  • 1/4 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 C sunflower seed kernels
  • 1/4 C golden raisins
  • 1/4 C mayonnaise
  • 1/4 C honey sucanat
  • 2 T red wine vinegar

Combine first 4 ingredients in large bowl.  In small bowl, stir together dressing ingredients until smooth.  Pour dressing over the salad and toss to coat.  Chill for 30 minutes to 24 hours.

(Recipe slightly adapted from Eat Smart Broccoli Florets package)

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Broccoli Salad

  • 7 C broccoli florets
  • 1 C raisins
  • red onion, finely chopped (to taste)
  • 1 C mayonnaise
  • 2 1/2 T honey sucanat
  • 2 T apple cider vinegar

Combine broccoli, raisins and onion.  Mix remaining ingredients to make dressing and combine with broccoli.  Marinate in refrigerator several hours or overnight.

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Classic Carrot Raisin Salad

  • 20 oz. crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 pound organic carrots, shredded
  • 1 C raisins
  • 1/2 C mayonnaise

Combine, chill and serve.

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Carrot Salad

  • 3 C fresh carrot pulp
  • 1 C diced celery
  • 1/2 C diced red pepper
  • 1/2 C diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 C diced onion
  • 1/2 t sea salt
  • 1 1/2 T flax oil
  • 1 T fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 1/2 t lemon  juice
  • 1 C mayonnaise

Mix all ingredients except mayonnaise.  Add that last.  Chill.

We serve this as a side dish, but may be served on bread, leaf  lettuce, or crackers.

(adapted from Ruth Gonzalez-thanks Ruth)

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