A Salad For Everyone

A lot of people are not eating carbs anymore. My Keto food blogging friends are blowing up social media with their cheese, veggie and meat recipes and people are loving it. Clearly I am not on the Keto train but I do have an appreciation for it. I often entertain and I know there are going to be times that I need to make food that makes everyone happy so I decided to create a salad for everyone.

The salad I came up with is inspired by an Italian Sub Sandwich and can be made two ways with most of the same ingredients. One is appealing to low carb lovers, one is a delicious tortellini salad. Here is what you need to make it happen:

2 Hearts of Romaine, Shredded
1/2 lb of Salami, Sliced, Cut into Squares
1/2 lb of Provolone, Sliced, Cut into Squares
8oz Package of Marinated Mini Fresh Mozzarella Balls
1 Cucumber, Sliced Thin
1 Red Pepper, Sliced into Strips
1 C of Mild Pepper Rings
1 White Onion, Sliced into Strips
1 T Black Pepper
1 T Dried Basil
1 C of Parmesan, Cubed
1/2 lb Pepperoni, Diced
1 20 oz Packaged of Frozen Cheese Tortellini, Prepared According To The Package, Rinsed and Cooled
2 T of Olive Oil
2 t Salt

For The Dressing
1 C Red Wine Vinegar
1/2 C Olive Oil
1 T Garlic Powder
1 T Dried Basil
1 T Brown Sugar (or a natural sweetener)
2 t Kosher Salt

For the Tortellini Salad
In a large bowl add the marinated fresh mozzarella, 1/2 the red peppers, 1/2 the cucumbers, 1/2 the cheeses and meats, 1/2 the peppers, 1/2 the onion. Toss well to coat in the marinated fresh mozzarella oil.
Add 2 t salt, 1 T pepper, 2 T olive oil, 1 T dried basil, toss well to coat.
You do not want the pasta to be swimming in a dressing, only a light coating of dressing makes this salad great.
Add the cooked and cooled tortellini.
Toss well to coat.
Top with the mild pepper rings.
Let sit covered in the fridge overnight.

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