Are you racking your brain for something to bring to your friend’s housewarming party? Or maybe you need a new side dish for the next family dinner at your in-laws? Perhaps you’ve got a relative’s baby shower coming up and would rather not show up with a bottle of wine? You never want to arrive empty handed when a someone invites you over, so I’ll share my favorite hostess gift with you… Bring a bowl!
That’s right. A bowl. Find a unique, perhaps locally made, serving bowl. Fill it with something delicious, you know like this Antipasto Salad. Or Sesame Ginger Pasta Salad. Or Kale Caesar Pasta Salad. And bring it to your next gathering for the host to keep. Not only are you sharing the love with your homemade salad, you’re giving them a beautiful serving bowl they can use again and again.
Better yet, I’ll give you the bowl! Whaaaaaaat?! A giveaway and a new recipe at the same time?!?! This Monday just got a whole lot better! Head over to my Instagram page and enter to win this one of a kind handmade serving bowl–pictured in the photos on this post–from Cambridge WoodFired Pottery in Cambridge, Wisconsin!!! Just look at how gorgeous that serving dish is, brimming with hearty tortellini salad! And it could be yours! To bring to your next baby shower, backyard barbecue or ladies night.
There’s just a few short weeks of summer left here in Wisconsin which means you’ve probably exhausted all of your favorite pasta salad and side dish recipes. So here’s another favorite you can add to the list. Cheese filled tortellini, fresh tomatoes, sliced salami and mini pepperonis, fresh mozzarella, smoked Gouda, olives and artichoke hearts tossed in a simple red wine vinaigrette. Garnish with fresh parsley for a pop of color and you’ve got the perfect appetizer you can eat with a fork!
A hearty pasta salad that could double as a main course served with a sliced baguette and a glass of red wine. This salad is loaded with veggies and meat and tossed in a simple red wine vinaigrette.
- 20 oz. cheese tortellini, cooked according to package directions
- 1 (15 oz.) can quartered artichoke hearts
- 1 cup green olives
- 1 cup black olives
- 1 cup mini pepperoni
- 1 cup salami slices, halved
- 8 oz. smoked Gouda, diced
- 8 oz. fresh mozzarella pearls
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- Kosher salt
- fresh cracked pepper
- Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl. Combine dressing ingredients in a mason jar and shake until well combined. Pour half the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Pour remaining dressing over the salad just before serving.
Keywords: easy, simple, pasta, salad, side dish, noodles, antipasto, tortellini