i helped cook for an event this weekend and this recipe was a hit! it's easy and absolutely delicious. i have to thank my sister-in-law for this one as it's originally hers. enjoy!
prepare the tortellini:
one 48 oz. package of refrigerated, cheese-filled tortellini
cook tortellini according to package directions; drain in a colander. rinse well with cold water.
make salad dressing:
1/4 c. canola oil
1/4 c. chopped white onion (i use frozen chopped onion)
2 T. white wine vinegar
1 T. dried basil
1 T. dried oregano
1 T. dried chives
2 cloves garlic, minced (i use pre-minced garlic in a jar)
1/4 t. salt
1/8 t. pepper
whisk together in a large bowl. add the tortellini. mix well.
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and cut into chunks
12-15 cherry tomatoes, halved
3/4 c. sliced pitted kalamazoo (greek) olives
3/4 c. sliced black olives
3/4 c. finely shredded parmesan cheese
fresh mozzarella, chopped into bite-sized chunks
this recipe can be made in advance. leave parmesan, pine nuts, fresh mozzarella and spinach leaves until ready to serve.