Creamy Tortellini Salad

This is another one of Our Best Bites' recipes.  You really can't go wrong with them.

I made this as a side dish with chicken sandwiches at a get-together recently and it was a hit.  This would be a great picnic item for the summer or add some chicken and make it a meal.  I will say that I would toss the dressing on at the last minute because the tortellini soaks it up and I like it saucy.

I used dried tortellini because I'm frugal and it's cheaper but fresh would be just fantastic.

Creamy Tortellini Salad
adapted from Our Best Bites

14 oz dried tortellini or 20 oz fresh, cooked according to package directions
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped OR 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cucumber, seeded and sliced
1 c. black olives, halved

Mix all salad ingredients together in a large bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.

1/4 c. fresh lemon juice
1/4 c. white wine vinegar
3 Tb. white onion, coarsely chopped
4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp honey
2 Tb coarse grain or Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp sea salt
fresh black pepper
1 c. canola oil

Add all ingredients except oil into the blender and mix well.  While the blender is running slowly (very slowly) stream in the oil until everything is  mixed.  Refrigerate the dressing until you're ready to serve the salad.  Before serving toss the salad with the dressing.

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