Years back when Claudia and her husband played table top DND with my husband and I, we'd enjoy going to each others homes for game nights. We'd all bring food, get the wine flowing, set back, visit and enjoy playing the game. During one visit to their home Claudia made this WONDERFUL side dish that I just LOVED! Its so every simple but its flavor packed and so hearty that one might think its more complicated.
Claudia was sweet enough to share this recipe with me years ago and I've made and enjoyed it many times since. When I make it I ALWAYS think of her and thus why I have lovingly named the dish after her.
I recently asked Claudia where she got this recipe from. She said the recipe comes from her brother's mother-in-law. She is not sure if she created this dish or got the recipe elsewhere but agrees that its very simple and it has many variations to its possibilities.
Claudia's Sweet N Zesty Italian Tortellini Salad (p3)
This is really a very simple dish and you can add or delete what ever you like. Below is the way I like to make it.
- 1 large pkg Meat stuffed tortellini pasta. ( other kinds of stuffing may be used instead but I find this to be the best).
- fresh, soft mozzarella (the kind packed in water), drained and torn into bite size pieces.
- 1 can of black olives, drained
- 1 bunch of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half.
- 1 small purple or other sweet onion, sliced
- 1 bunch fresh basil leaves, torn or chopped
- about 1/2 c. of good tasting quality Olive oil
- about 1/4c. of good tasting quality balsamic vinegar
- Splenda or sugar to taste (its to have a sweet/tangy flavor)
- a dash of salt
Meanwhile toss sliced tomatoes in a large mixing bowl, along with black olives, sliced onion, torn mozzarella, and fresh chopped basil.
When pasta is cooked and cooled add it to this bowl as well.
In a small bowl mix olive oil, vinegar, splenda/sugar and a dash of salt and pepper. When mixed pour over salad and mix well.
Serve or chill up to 30 mins and serve.