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Garden Fresh Tortellini Salad

Updated February 23, 2016
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A wonderful fresh host of vegetables play beautifully with spinach and egg tortellini. Coat it all with a vinaigrette made with balsamic vinegar, orange zest, and thyme. What a way to celebrate summer.

8 to 10 portions

CostModerate

Moderate

Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursemain course

Dietary Considerationpeanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Equipmentfood processor

Mealbrunch, dinner

Taste and Texturecreamy, herby, light, savory, tangy

Type of Dishmain course salad

Ingredients

  • 1 pound good-quality fresh or frozen spinach tortellini
  • 1 pound good-quality fresh or frozen egg tortellini
  • 1 head broccoli(1 pound), broken into florets and tender stems sliced
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and cut diagonally into ¼-inch slices
  • 3 leeks (white part and 2 inches green), well rinsed, dried, and cut into thin julienne
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, cored, seeded, and cut into julienne
  • 1 large sweet yellow pepper, cored, seeded, and cut into julienne
  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

Cook the tortellini in boiling salted water according to package instructions. Drain thoroughly and place in a large mixing bowl.

Cook the broccoli florets, stems, and carrots separately in boiling salted water just until tender. Drain and combine with the tortellini.

Blanch the julienned leeks 1 minute in boiling water; drain. Add the leeks, red and yellow peppers, and fresh basil to the salad and toss to combine.

Process the egg yolk, lemon juice, mustard, and vinegar in a food processor fitted with a steel blade for 30 seconds. With the machine running, pour the oils in a thin steady stream through the feed tube to make a light mayonnaise. Add the thyme, orange zest, and salt and pepper to taste. Process to combine.

Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat thoroughly. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled.

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