I love going to a restaurant and eating something that I love and recreating my own version at home. This tortellini salad is something similar to what they serve at The Cheese Board in my hometown of Linwood, NJ. I am not sure exactly how they make theirs, but this is pretty darn close. Mine might even be better.
I made this when I was playing around with different kinds of sweeteners. I tried using sucanat, but I did not like that it did not dissolve, so I prefer to use honey. White sugar works too. Whatever you got. You just need to add a touch of sweetness to balance the tang of the vinegar in the dressing.
This salad is really easy to make and tastes even better if you let it sit for awhile.
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 Tablespoon honey (or some sort of sweetener)
1/3 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup olives
1 (14-ounce) can artichokes in water
1 package cheese tortellini
Mix together the vinegar, salt, pepper, and honey in a large bowl. Slowly whisk in the olive oil.
Toss the parsley, tomatoes, olives, and artichokes in the dressing.
Cook the tortellini according to the package directions. Drain and cool with cold water.
Gently toss with the rest of the ingredients.
Chill in the fridge until you are ready to serve.
Sometimes I add some grilled chicken or shrimp on the side. This is salad reminds me of summer.