Add a big bowl of this Bacon Broccoli Tortellini Salad to your holiday picnic plans. The creamy homemade dressing, meats, and veggies make this easy pasta salad a hit with everyone.
I know we all have funny food quirks, but sometimes I just have to laugh at my husband. He has a hard time eating eggs and drinking milk. Why you wonder? It’s all about where they came from. The minute he starts thinking about where an egg or milk starts from, he gets totally grossed out. Our kids think it is hilarious to pour a big cup of milk and then drink it right in front of him.
He also has a hard time with white creamy things. Ok, so mainly just mayonnaise because he can do sour cream and yogurt just fine. It’s probably because he knows mayo is made from eggs. As long as I don’t tell him there is mayo in a dish, he will eat it.
Although, this grape pecan chicken salad is one of his favorite summer salads, and he eats it every time we make it. He even knows there is mayo in the salad. What a crazy boy!
We make a lot of different pasta salads during the summer months. Most of the time we make a big bowl of this veggie pasta salad and grill a huge package of chicken or burgers at the beginning of the week, then dinner is ready to go all week long.
I love not having to think about what we are having for dinner. It gives me more time to think about dessert instead!
Of course, I tend to get bored eating the same thing over and over and over. After seeing this sausage broccoli cheddar pasta salad last week, I decided to make a full meal out of my broccoli salad by adding some tortellini pasta and smoked sausage. Honey and red wine vinegar was a fun way to add a little different twist to the dressing too.
One taste and I was in love. I may never make coleslaw dressing the same way again. Since my hubby doesn’t like super creamy salads, I never make a lot of dressing for our dishes. Feel free to make more dressing if you and your family are ok with creamy salads. Or make a bowl of this delicious looking strawberry pecan salad instead. I love fresh fruit with my greens.
One tip to remember when making this bacon broccoli tortellini salad is to stir the dressing into the veggies and pasta right before serving. Since this recipe doesn’t call for a lot of dressing, your pasta will soak it up if you make the salad ahead of time or if you refrigerate it overnight.
Just whisk together your dressing ingredients and chill them in a separate bowl from the rest of the ingredients. When you are ready to eat, add the dressing and give it a stir.
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