Make ahead, favorite potluck Southwest Pepper Jack Tortellini Salad = cheesy pillows of tortellini, sweet corn, black beans, avocado, bell peppers, etc. bathed in Creamy Salsa Dressing and garnished with bacon, Pepper Jack, and sunflower seeds. Oh my YUM!
You, my readers, have good taste – or just my taste (which I think is good taste?) – either way, thank you so much for following my Carlsbad Cravings on FB, Instagram, Pinterest, or my email updates. You allow me to do what I love, work from home and stay healthy! yay! When my doctor asked if I could quit my office job years ago because I was immuno-suppressed due to my lung transplant (due to cystic fibrosis) and he didn’t want me around sick co-workers (especially during flu season), I never seriously considered quitting my job. Then when I had to step away due to my new kidney transplant because I was WAY immuno suppressed right in the middle of flu season, I never imagined I wouldn’t go back to work. But thanks to YOU and your good taste, I am able to stay home and do what I love, share what I love and meet people to love! Thank YOU!
As I share Carlsbad Cravings creations, I share what I love and I share what I crave – I’m kind of selfish that way but it keeps cooking and posting 3X + a week fun. Sometimes I know when a recipe will be a “hit” AKA go crazy on pinterest, but most of the time, I have no idea – I am just hoping you, my kindred foodie buddies, will love it as much as me. But last January, I posted my Southwest Pepper Jack Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing and I CANNOT believe how it took off! As of today, it has almost 600K repins and is continually one of my top viewed recipes every day. I am not sure if it is the Creamy Avocado Salsa Dressing – because that is completely unique – or its the fact that everyone loves a good Southwest Salad – probably a combination of the two, but still, it boggles my mind.
So in honor of that salad, the raving reviews, your good taste, and so you can have the best pasta salad to bring to your summer gatherings, I bring you her sister – Southwest Pepper Jack Tortellini Salad with Creamy Salsa Dressing!
I am normally not a pasta salad kind of girl but when the salad is bursting with sweet corn, black beans, crunchy red bell peppers and creamy avocados – you can count me in – and way in once you toss the chilled salad with crispy bacon, salted sunflower seeds, and pepper jack cheese – and diving in once you douse the salad with Creamy Salsa Dressing. This dressing makes this salad, just like it makes my Southwest Pepper Jack Salad. It is basically the same dressing – just doubled and the avocados are in the salad instead of the dressing so the dressing doesn’t brown while the tortellini salad is chilled, soaking in the creamy salsa bath. And like I said when I shared that salad – don’t be intimidated by the long list of dressing ingredients – many of them are spices and you simply toss them in your blender and have luscious Creamy Salsa Dressing in 5 minutes.
After being chilled, you toss the salad with more dressing so you enjoy velvety, cheesy tortellini pillows and southwest crunch in every bite.
Carlsbad Cravings Original adapted from my Southwest Pepper Jack Salad with Creamy Avocado Salsa Dressing
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