Mediterranean Tortellini Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette



Not all pasta salads have to be mayo-drenched! This Mediterranean tortellini salad with red wine vinaigrette is full of fresh veggies and bright flavors…perfect after spending a day in the sun.
mediterranean tortellini salad with red wine vinaigrette

This is my attempt to try not being the girl who brings the food with weird ingredients to every family gathering.

It was a struggle. I wanted to go to crazytown with all sorts of olives and sun-dried vegetables and funky cheeses that technically are of Mediterranean descent.

But exercising restraint at the Whole Foods cheese counter is “good for you”. Or so I’ve heard.

Plus the.boy hates olives with the kind of fiery passion that is matched only by my disdain of celery, and it’s only fair that, since he respects my celery ban, I don’t insist on putting olives in every meal I make.

INGREDIENTS
For the pasta
  • 1 lb tortellini
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cucumber, seeded and diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 4 oz feta cheese, crumbled
For the dressing
  • ⅓ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
INSTRUCTION
  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the tortellini according to package instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, place the onions in a bowl of cold water to get rid of some of the bite. Drain after 5 minutes.

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