ZESTY TORTELLINI BACON VEGETABLE SALAD

A zesty italian salad with tortellini, bacon and vegetables.  This salad will be a huge hit wherever you take it!

ZESTY TORTELLINI BACON VEGETABLE SALAD

This tortellini pasta salad is full of such amazing flavors and textures.  I loved all of the veggies inside!  You can definitely customize the veggies in this salad to your taste.  But I loved the tomatoes, bell peppers, red onion, cucumber, and zucchini.  It was delicious with the added bacon.  But bacon just makes the world a better place doesn't it?

This tortellini pasta salad is INCREDIBLE!  It is a must to take to your upcoming gathering and is sure to be a huge hit!

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 (20 oz) package refrigerated tortellini (I used spinach and cheese)
  • 2 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, chopped in half
  • 1 large cucumber, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
DRESSING:
  • 1 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon celery seed
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water. Add cherry tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber, green and red bell pepper,red onion, and bacon in a large bowl.
  2. To make the dressing: Whisk together italian salad dressing, parmesan cheese, sesame seeds, paprika, celery seed, and garlic powder. Pour over salad and toss until coated. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.

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