Tortellini Salad for Memorial Day Picnic

Everyday it seems that I find more and more convenience products that make life easier.  One of my latest finds is the Dellalo muffaletta spread from their Bruschetta collection.

I went to college in Louisiana and as we all know you cannot beat the food in that region. I fell in love with muffalettas, a sandwich full of salami and ham, cheese, and olive salad (and probably many other ingredients).  They are so full of flavor, largely due to the olive salad which is a key ingredient. 

It’s hard to find a decent muffaletta outside of southern Louisiana.  I’ve even tried making them.  But making the olive salad is labor intensive so I was so happy to find this in the refrigerated aisle.  I no longer eat like I did in college #the good ol’ days, but I do still love food with lots of flavor.

The olive salad is a great addition to tortellinis.  I buy the Buitoni chicken and prosciutto tortellini, but the cheese ones are a good vegetarian alternative.  After cooking the tortellini and draining it, add the mufffaletta spread.  I add additional garlic, about 2 cloves, and some salt and pepper.
If I really want to go all out,  add some diced green pepper, sliced mushrooms, diced celery, halved cherry tomatoes.  It’s one of those dishes where you add the ingredients that you like.
To finish dress with a little olive oil and vinegar dressing, a half cup of olive oil to a fourth cup of vinegar.  You can add a tablespoon of dried Italian seasoning if you like.
Most of these ingredients I have on hand so all I have to do is get a couple of packages of tortellinis and a couple of containers of the muffaletta spread and I can make a quick salad to take to

 my Memorial Day picnic.

Do you have some go-to recipes for picnics and other summer potlucks?

This is not a sponsored post.  I like to share products I find worthy.

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