Assuaging my guilt for indulging in those luscious, decadent Drunken Brownies, I had salad as a part of more than one meal this week. Of the 2-3 salads I made, this Spring Salad with tortellini was the winner!

Spring Salad with tortelleni

Looks like the spring is here? Finally! I do not have to bundle up every time I step foot outside of my door. But I will miss having soups. Sigh… Nevertheless, I have decided to explore the vast avenue of salads and some homemade dressings.

Not exactly a super low-calorie salad considering the pasta and the cheese in it but it sure felt fresh, very in season with the sunny days and the best of all, it was FILLING (I am not a skinny girl who can eat a plate full of leaves and complete my meal).  This salad did not make me sneak into the kitchen an hour later peeping into the refrigerator or pantry. Not a plate full of pasta but a salad with pasta and a fresh orange juice dressing, my spring salad recipe is something I will repeat again and again… as an afterthought, and AGAIN 😀

Spring Salad

My ingredient list has TORN lettuce leaves. You can chop them up too. My mom says that using a knife alters the taste of food. Hardly so:D But, I do think there is some joy in biting into a whole apple or guava, squeezing an onion into pieces with your palm and many other things like that. In the same league is my obsession with tearing the lettuce leaves. The crunch while tearing them and the irregularity of shapes in the salad puts a smile on my face 🙂  Here is the recipe for

Spring Salad

PS: I was out of cherry tomatoes. So, I have used regular diced tomatoes

Spring Salad with Tortellini


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes



    For the salad
  • 2 cups cooked tortellini
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese (the choice is yours)
  • 2 cup torn lettuce leaves
  • 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup quartered artichoke hearts
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • For the dressing
  • 1/8 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp crushed black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme


  1. Get all the ingredients together.
  2. Take the orange juice in a small bowl. Pour in the olive oil in a steady stream and mix steadily.
  3. Add the orange zest, black pepper, salt, thyme and mix well.
  4. Pour over the salad and mix well.
  5. Serve cold.

My Take:

You could try lemon juice + honey in place of the orange juice. It should be able to give the citrus-y and sweet flavor of orange juice.

Yummily Yours'



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  1. I can never say no to a salad and this salad is looking so inviting. I have never tried artichokes and so this is all the more tempting 😀

  2. I so like salads, and yours looks so tempting! 🙂

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