Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tortellini Caesar Salad

I was in a sorority my first two years of college.

Well, sort of.

It was a sorority/fraternity program set up by my church (so, you know, none of that hazing, drinking, panty-dropping, girls-gone-wild stuff), which has since been disbanded. It makes me kind of sad to think that it's no longer around, because I made some particularly wonderful friends for life before I moved on.

I also got well acquainted with this salad.

It was affectionately known as the "Psi Salad" (fitting, as we were in the Psi chapter of the sorority), and it was served all. the. time. All I remember about the girl who used to bring it is that her first name was Emily. I feel like I should probably remember more about her than that... so I feel bad. Ish. But she probably doesn't remember me either, right? Anyway, the point is that it's delicious, and you should make it.

It's pasta salad meets caesar salad, and it brings joy to my heart, and to my tastebuds. What really makes it is plenty of black pepper, so don't skimp! I like it best when it's had time to chill overnight, so start the day before your event -- this makes the day of more relaxed, too!

Tortellini Caesar Salad

1 pkg. frozen cheese tortellini
1 pkg. romaine hearts bagged salad mix
1 tomatoes, seeded and diced
caesar salad dressing of your choice
caesar croutons (or whatever croutons you like best that don't clash with caesar dressing)
salt and pepper to taste
parmesan cheese

Cook tortellini according to package directions, drain and rinse under cold water. Drain well again.
Combine cooked tortellini with some caesar dressing (a few tablespoons, or enough to coat) and refrigerate for a couple of hours or up to overnight. (I usually choose to do this the night before.)
When ready to serve, toss tortellini with lettuce, tomatoes, dressing, and croutons until well combined. The amount of dressing is up to you, but you'll want to make sure everything is coated pretty well. Add salt and pepper to taste -- the pepper is the most important part, so use a generous amount. Garnish with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
Sometimes I'll toss together everything but the croutons and let it hang out in the fridge for a while to let everything get friendly, but that's not necessarily necessary.

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