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Tortellini & Summer Sausage With Tomato Basil Vinaigrette

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Tortellini & Summer Sausage With Tomato Basil Vinaigrette

Summer sausage is an American label to designate a sausage that can be kept without refrigeration until opened.

The sausage was traditionally cured during the winter months and remained consumable through summer.

Summer sausage is made with lean meat scraps are fully cooked to ensure that the sausage does not become rancid during the curing process.

The cooked meat, either beef or pork is fermented or cured using a curing salt. It is either dried or smoked, and seasonings can include mustard seeds, black pepper, garlic salt, chilies and sugar.

The sausage is fermented with a low pH that helps to slow the growth of bacteria.

Different brands of summer sausage to choose from include:

  • Old Wisconsin Premium Summer Sausage
  • Hickory Farms Signature Beef Summer Sausage
  • Deli Direct Beef Summer Sausage

Tortellini & Summer Sausage With Tomato Basil Vinaigrette

1/2 cup olive oil

1 cup fresh basil, packed, coarsely torn

1 cup chopped plum tomatoes, remove seeds

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp. Dijon mustard

1 16 ounce package cheese tortellini

1 16 ounce package beef summer sausage, smoked

1 cup black olives, sliced

Cook tortellini according to package instructions. Set aside.

Place the first 6 ingredients into a food processor.


chopped Plum tomatoes in food processor

Chopped Plum Tomatoes In Food Processor


Put the removed seeds and veins of the tomatoes into a small strainer, and placed it over the opening of the processor to allow the tomato juice to drip off before processing.

Process until well blended. Add 1 cup of the vinaigrette to a large salad bowl.

Next slice sausage into 1/2 inch slices. Then slice rounds into 3 strips. Add sliced meat with prepared olives to vinaigrette.


Tomato Basil Vinagrette at bottom of salad bowl

Preparing Salad Bowl With Basil Vinaigrette & Summer Sausage


Add cooled tortellini to the salad bowl, and mix till ingredients are will coated well with basil vinaigrette.


Tortellini and Summer Sausage with Tomato Basil Vinagrette

Plate and enjoy.

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