Lunchtime is the best time of the day! You get a little break from what you’re doing to rest and eat something delish. Tortellini Caprese Salad is the best way to pause and indulge! In under 25 minutes, you can have a big ‘ole bowl of cheesy, tender tortellini tossed with juicy cherry tomatoes, smooth, creamy mozzarella, and fresh spinach and basil! Covered in a savory, tangy, light-and-airy kind of dressing, it’s the perfect balance of satisfying and not-too-heavy to keep your day going strong. Ditch the sandwiches, the boring salads, or skipping right over lunch all together, because the flavors of Tortellini Caprese Salad will give you everything you want and need to keep your good day going!

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Ingredients

  • 20 ounces cheese tortellini, uncooked
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped
  • 10 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8 ounces mozzarella pearls
  • 1/4 cup basil, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • balsamic glaze, optional, to taste

Directions

Step 1 –In a large pot of boiling salt water, cook the tortellini to al dente according to the package directions.

Step 2 –Drain the water and then rinse the tortellini with cool water until the pasta is slightly cool, about 5-10 seconds.

Step 3 –In a medium bowl, add the tortellini, the spinach, the tomatoes, the mozzarella, the basil, and the garlic.

Step 4 –Add the olive oil, the balsamic vinegar, the Italian seasoning, the salt, and the pepper to the pasta mixture and toss well to combine.

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Step 5 –Chill the pasta salad until ready to serve.

Step 6 –Before serving, toss the salad well to redistribute the olive oil at the bottom of the bowl. Add more of the olive oil to the salad if it seems too dry.

Step 7 –Drizzle the salad with the balsamic glaze.

Step 8 –Serve.