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“This was adapted from a recipe in Better Homes and Gardens.We call this the "Family Salad" in our house. We each have a favourite ingredient that we put in. So easy to make and lasts for a few days in the fridge. Try different types of cheeses in place of the cheddar. Havarti with jalapeno works very well. Be sure to use the prepared oil & vinegar dressing.”
4 cups

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 13 cup oil & vinegar salad dressing (store bought)
  • 3 tablespoons basil pesto (Classico works well)
  • 1 (350 g) package cheese tortellini (Oliveiri tri-colour)
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 12 cup stuffed green olive
  • 12 pickled pepperoncini peppers
  • 12 cup cherry tomatoes, halved (optional)


  1. Cook tortellini according to package directions.
  2. Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside to cool.
  3. Combine oil & vinegar dressing and pesto in a small jar with tight fitting lid.
  4. Shake well to combine. Set aside.
  5. Combine tortellini, cheese, olives, peppers and tomatoes (if using) in a large glass bowl.
  6. Stir to combine.
  7. Shake dressing & pesto to combine. Pour over pasta salad.
  8. Mix well.
  9. Cover and refridgerate at least 1 hour.
  10. Serve cold.

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