Lemony Tortellini Broccoli Salad
Cheese tortellini combined with fresh broccoli, a creamy, lemony dressing, and crisp bacon all piled on top of mixed greens. This Lemony Tortellini Broccoli Salad is gorgeous on the table and absolutely delicious!
For the Salad:
- 8 ounces refrigerated cheese tortellini (about 2 cups)
- 4 cups fresh broccoli florets, cut into small bite-size pieces
- 5 ounces salad greens (butter lettuce or spring mix blend)
- 4 bacon strips, cooked
For the Dressing:
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup light sour cream
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook tortellini according to package directions, being careful not to overcook. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked tortellini to a colander. Rinse well with cold water and drain well and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
Bring the water back to a boil and add the broccoli. Cook for only 1 to 2 minutes, just to blanch slightly. Quickly transfer the broccoli to the colander, rinse with cold water, and drain well. Transfer the broccoli to the mixing bowl with the tortellini.
In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Set aside.
Add about half of the dressing to the tortellini and broccoli and toss to coat. Add as much of the remaining dressing as you'd like. You may not need the entire amount but pasta has a tendency to absorb dressing quickly so let it sit for a minute or two and then add more, if needed.
Spoon the mixture over salad greens and sprinkle with bacon pieces. Serve immediately.
If you are making this salad to transport to a gathering, keep the greens separate and put the salad together when you arrive to prevent the greens from wilting.
To cook the bacon:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place bacon on a foil lined, rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until browned and crisp. Transfer cooked bacon to paper towels to drain. I like to use clean kitchen shears to cut the bacon into strips.
Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 472mg | Potassium: 300mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 690IU | Vitamin C: 64.4mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 1.7mg