Cheesy Tortellini Pasta Salad

Cheesy Tortellini Pasta Salad

9oz package of tri-color cheese tortellini [the fresh refrigerated kind]
1-2 cups of chopped veggies [tomatoes, pesto tomatoes, bell peppers, mini peppers, etc…]
2-4 ounces of your favorite flavorful cheese, cubed [I used Cabot Sharp Cheddar this time]
finely grated parmesan and romano cheese [fresh or the sprinkle kind!]
salt and pepper, if desired

Simple Italian Dressing:
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 TBSP mrs dash italian seasoning [this blend tastes AMAZING]
1/2 TBSP of garlic powder
1/4 tsp of salt
freshly ground black pepper, if desired, to taste

Whisk all ingredients together and allow to sit. Giving the dressing some time to mingle will not only infuse flavor into the oil/vinegar but also soften the dry herbs and seasoning. After letting it set, whisk once more and pour over your salad! It should keep in your fridge for about a week, if needed. If you’re making this salad to serve the following day [it tastes awesome the next day!] feel free to follow my lead and make extra dressing so you can drizzle some extra over the salad just before serving.

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