Probably 8 years ago I was looking for a new dish to take for Christmas Eve lunch for the Janac gathering. Some dear friends always made a similar pasta salad for events they hosted and I decided to take a stab at it. This salad was perfect!
I make this salad throughout the year and the type of Buitoni Tortellini I buy varies but typically for a Christmas function I will choose the spinach mix to make it look a little more festive. If you have picky eaters pick sliced instead of diced olives so they are easier to pick out.
There are 22 great grandkids on this side of the family and, well, I decided bell peppers are not the best option for this kind of event so I swapped those for pepperoni this year.
A few alternate add ins could include bell peppers, sundried tomatoes or kalamata olives instead of black.
Regardless of how you throw this together, be sure to find a place early in the line or risk going without! Looks like next year a double batch will be in order as this was all gone by the time I made my way by. Another trick I’ve tried a few times is to add some plain bowtie pasta into the mix to make it go just a tad further and it is still just as yummy.
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