Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Chicken and Tortellini Salad

This request came from my babysitter. Not Jack’s babysitter, my babysitter. Tara used to babysit me and my rotten sisters. I am so sure we were rotten. Tara, were we rotten?

Tara was looking for a tortellini salad that she can send with her husband for his lunch while he works. I hope this will do the job!

1 rotisserie chicken, shredded and picked free of bones and skin (about 4 cups of chicken)
1 9 oz package Buitoni fresh cheese tortellini
½ red onion, thinly sliced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 8 oz package white mushrooms, stems removed and thinly sliced
A few handfuls fresh baby spinach
Kosher salt and ground pepper
1/2 cup fresh or prepared pesto
2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
¼ - ½ cup extra virgin olive oil

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook tortellini according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Let cool.

In a large bowl combine, chicken, red onion, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and spinach. Season with salt and pepper.

In a separate bowl, combine pesto and white wine vinegar. Whisk in olive oil, until a thin consistency is achieved.

Add the tortellini to the chicken mixture. Stir well to combine. Add pesto vinaigrette. Serve at room temperature or cold.

Yields 6 servings.

Rookie’s Notes: Do not add the spinach until right before serving or it will get all mushy. So Tara, when you send this off with your husband when he goes to work, put the spinach in a separate baggy and then he can add it.

Mushrooms??? Did I put mushrooms in this? I did, much to my dismay. Anyone who consistently reads this blog knows I don’t like mushrooms and cheese. Yes, a total travesty. But to be considerate to the mushrooms lovers out there, I added mushrooms to this recipe. I am kind, aren’t I?


meg said...

I KNEW IT! And I was shocked.

When I fancified the photo I thought that little lovely up front was a mushroom. "Naw," I told myself, "Whit hates those things. Meg, you just don't know what food looks like."

But you added them! Your dismay? They were yucky?

You're lame.

meg said...

Oh, and we ABSOLUTELY were rotten. Remember the Chapels and the burnt popcorn debauchle?

Poor Tara.

whitney said...

Meg, at least give me credit for putting shrooms in a recipe!!!!

I don't remember the popcorn debauchle. Remind me.

p.s. I am going to start using the work "debauchle" now. Thanks.

Katherine said...

Just found your blog - wow it's great!! I like this salad too, but my family isn't sold on mushrooms...any good substitutes?

Can't wait to look at the rest of your recipes!