This tortellini salad is tossed with a Greek yogurt dressing, bacon, lettuce and tomato! Perfect BBQ food!
There is nothing quite like a homegrown tomato is there? I remember plucking juicy beef steak tomatoes right from my mom’s garden when I was a kid. I’d bite right into them like they were apples. I’d sprinkle a little salt onto each bite to bring out all the juices. Then I used the back of my hand to clear the juices and seeds from my chin. Those were heavenly snacks.
I do not have my own garden. We don’t have the yard for one. At least that’s the reason I give. The truth is, I have the blackest thumb around. Therefore, I have to wait until my parents leave for vacation so I can pilfer their garden while they are away! I’ll grab their peppers, lettuce, peaches and of course tomatoes! Especially those cherry tomatoes! My goodness those babies are like candy! I can pop an endless amount into my mouth and never feel satiated. I can always eat more.
Since my parents are NOT on vacation, I settle for the next best thing: my local Walmart where I know I’ll be greeted with a rainbow of fresh, flavorful Walmart produce. All my summertime favorites will be displayed there just tempting my tastebuds. It might be hard for me to not grab a plump tomato and bite right into it! Ok, I wouldn’t actually do that….until I got in the car anyway.
This time of year is all about BBQ’s, potlucks and picnics. Pasta salad is always the perfect side. This tortellini salad is dressed with a light and simple dressing made from tangy Greek yogurt. I added crispy bacon, tender spinach and of course lots of perfect little cherry tomatoes! Lucky for me, I found my favorite sweet, yellow tomatoes right there among all the Walmart produce!
I think I’m going to have to bring this tortellini salad to all my cookouts this weekend. I just hope no one notices me picking the tomatoes out of the salad. I’ll just have to use the back of my hand to wipe away the tell-tale tomato seeds from my chin
YOU SAY TOMATO, I SAY TOMATO
- 1 19oz bag frozen cheese tortellini
- 1 cup torn, fresh spinach
- 1 cup yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 cup red cherry tomatoes, halved
- 3 strips cooked bacon, chopped
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon Ranch seasoning
- 2 cloves of garlic
- Prepare tortellini according to package directions. Rinse in cold water and drain. Place in a large bowl. Add tomatoes, spinach and bacon to pasta.
- In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt, milk, garlic and ranch seasoning until smooth. Pour over pasta and toss to coat.