Saturday, January 25, 2014

Greek Tortellini Chicken Salad



Believe me when I tell you that this is one recipe where you will WANT to have leftovers!  This tortellini chicken salad is such a great "bring to work for lunch" meal!  You won't feel heavy and weighed down afterwards... and in my opinion, the longer the flavors marinate together, the better it gets! 

This is a snap to put together, and requires no more kitchen skills than boiling pasta!  It's more of an "assembly" recipe.  HaHa.  Think of all the places you could bring this.  It would be perfect for a picnic, as there is no mayo involved.  Pot lucks, family reunions, office functions, bridal and baby showers... very versatile!
Ingredients:   
  • 1 family sized package of cheese tortellini
    • or the filling of your choice
  • a rotisserie chicken
    • or about 3 cups of cooked chicken
  • purple onion slices very thin (1/2 - 2/3 cup)
  • sun dried tomatoes (about 1/2 cup)
  • crumbled tomato basil feta cheese (about 1/2 cup)
  • black olives (a little over 1/4 cup)
  • fresh basil (a little over 1/2 cup)
  • Romano Basil Vinaigrette 
    • (I used Wish bone brand)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • freshly grated Parmigiano reggiano cheese
 Please feel free to make the recipe "your own" by adding or deleting ingredients as you see fit.  Enjoy and have fun!

Start my removing the chicken from the carcass.  If you have leftover cooked chicken lying around, feel free to use that.  Cooked shrimp may be really nice, too!
Boil the tortellini according to package directions, just until done.  Don't over boil them as you don't want them mushy. 

Add the cooked and drained tortellini to a large bowl.  NOT the size I used... I had to switch bowls as this one was clearly not large enough in the end.
To the tortellini, add the rest of the ingredients.  It's that easy.
Cooked chicken, cut into bite sized pieces.
Use your mandoline to shave the onions super thin.  I used setting #2 on my el cheepo mandoline.
Very thin slices of red onions. 
a big handful of sun dried tomatoes
A small handful of black olives.  Careful.  Too many can be overpowering.
Lots of the Romano Basil Vinaigrette.  I probably used 2/3 of the container.
about 1/2 the container of tomato basil feta cheese crumbles
a handful of leaves of fresh basil, cut thinly
salt and pepper to taste
Give it all a nice stir to combine.  Then adjust any of the ingredients that you may like more of.  It's a touchy feely sort of recipe.  :)

* Don't let these purple onions scare you off.  After sitting there with all the dressing and stuff, they really soften and mellow!   You really need them in there.
Finish it off with a nice grating of Parmigiano reggiano.
Parmigiano reggiano
Garnish with a bit more fresh basil and feta to serve.   It's pretty good when you first make it, when it's still warm... but I find it to really be best if you refrigerate it for the next day! 

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Written Method     
Start by removing the chicken from the carcass.  If you have leftover cooked chicken lying around, feel free to use that.  Cooked shrimp may be really nice, too!  Boil the tortellini according to package directions, just until done.  Don't over boil them as you don't want them mushy.  Add the cooked and drained tortellini to a large bowl.  NOT the size I used... I had to switch bowls as this one was clearly not large enough in the end.

To the tortellini, add the rest of the ingredients.  It's that easy.  Give it all a nice stir to combine.  Then adjust any of the ingredients that you may like more of.  It's a touchy feely sort of recipe.  :)  * Don't let these purple onions scare you off.  After sitting there with all the dressing and stuff, they really soften and mellow!   You really need them in there.  Finish it off with a nice grating of Parmigiano reggiano.

To serve - Garnish with a bit more fresh basil and feta.   It's pretty good when you first make it, when it's still warm... but I find it to really be best if you refrigerate it for the next day! 

1 comment:

  1. You are so right. This is the perfect "To go to dish". I like how I can add whatever I choose to.

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