Tortellini Caesar Salad

From the Kitchen of: Yolanda Caccamo Quackenbush


* 8 cups of cut up Romaine Lettuce

* 1 package of frozen cheese tortellini

* 1 cup of croutons (I like garlic or Caesar ones)

* About 3 plum tomatoes chopped up or some cherry tomatoes halved

*1/2 cup of Hellmann's Mayo

* Juice from 1/2 a lemon

* 1/4 cup of 2% Milk

* 2 cloves of Fresh Garlic

* 1/3 cup of Grated Parmesan Cheese (the fresh kind, not the one that comes in a jar on a shelf!) (In my picture the cheese is shredded, I have found that using grated is much better!)

* Salt and Pepper to Taste


1st Make the Salad Dressing (If you want, this could be made a few days in advanced as well):

* In a small bowl or a jar, add mayo, milk, and grated cheese.

* Mince garlic and add to mixture

* squeeze half a lemon into mixture (be sure to not get seeds in it)

* Add some black ground pepper to taste and mix with a small whisk or fork.  If you are using a jar, just close and shake.

* Cover and place in fridge, until you are ready to serve your salad.

Salad Procedure:

* Cook your tortellini according to package directions

* When done, drain in cold water and set aside

* Cup up your Romaine Lettuce and place in a large salad bowl

* Add your cooled tortellini

* Add your cut up tomatoes or cherry tomato halves

* Pour dressing all over the top and toss until the salad is well coated

* Sprinkle the croutons over the top and enjoy!