Deli Salad with Tortellini
- SERVES: 6
- PREP: 15 minutes
- TOTAL TIME: 45 minutes
A house salad that's anything but boring.
One of my absolute favorite pizza spots is Lucali in Brooklyn. They have an open kitchen and you just drool while you watch your pizza getting made. BUT, they have another item that I love just as much, if not more: their house salad. It’s ridiculously simple, yet so unbelievably good - crisp lettuce, tomatoes, onions and loooots of dressing. That's it. They purposely overdress the salad too, leaving you with tons of red wine vinaigrette to dip your pizza crust in. The first time I had it, I beggged Mark (owner/chef) to give me the recipe (and lucky for you, it's now online!). Since I can’t always eat it with pizza (I mean, I could...but I can’t), I wanted to make one that’s a bit more filling. I added all my deli favorites (salami, turkey, pepperoncinis) and pasta, and came up with this Lucali-inspired salad. It's super creamy from the mozzarella and tortellini, but you still get a nice bite from the red onion and pepperoncinis, and juiciness from the tomatoes and olives. Just make sure to make extra sauce! You’ll want it on everythinggg.
(9-ounce) package fresh or frozen cheese tortellini
cup good quality olive oil, plus a bit to keep the pasta from sticking
cup red wine vinegar
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
ounces mozzarella cheese, cubed
medium tomatoes, cored and cut into chunks
small red onion, sliced
ounces salami slices, cut into strips
ounces deli turkey, sliced
tablespoons sliced pepperoncini peppers
tablespoons pitted black or kalamata olives
small head iceberg lettuce, cut into chunks
Italian bread, for dipping
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