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Pasta Salad with Southwestern Vinaigrette Recipe

Pasta Salad with Southwestern Vinaigrette

1 pound cheese-filled tricolor tortellini
1/2 pound salami, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 pound white cheddar cheese, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 7-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained
1 pint grape tomatoes
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
Juice of 1 medium lime
1/4 medium red onion, chopped
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
1/2 cup fresh spinach leaves
1/2 cup olive oil
Salt and black pepper, to taste

Prepare tortellini according to package directions. Rinse in cold water and set aside.

Place cut salami and cheese in large bowl. Slice roasted pepper into strips and add to bowl. Add grape tomatoes and cooled tortellini to bowl and toss.

In food processor, place vinegar, lime juice, red onion, garlic, honey, cilantro and spinach. Pulse to combine. Add olive oil to feed tube with motor running. Season vinaigrette with salt and pepper.

Pour vinaigrette over salad. Toss, cover and chill 30 minutes. Drain any extra vinaigrette before serving. Makes 6 to 8 servings.



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