I really don't like mayonnaise. I will tolerate it on occasion in a sandwich, but as a base for anything pasta-salad-related... um...no. I will do pesto, or Italian dressing-type things, but oily mayonnaise just doesn't do it for me. So, I invented a really great deconstructed lemon-pesto type of dressing for this salad.
For those hot summer days, when you don't really feel like cooking...you should totally try it!
Lemony Tortellini Salad
1 package fresh tortellini pasta
6 basil leaves
1/2 lemon, juiced and zested
1 Tbsp. olive oil
shredded parmesan cheese (about 1/4 c.)
1 tomato, diced
Cook pasta according to directions, drain, and toss with the olive oil so that it doesn't stick together. Cool in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Cut the basil into small ribbons (chiffonade!). Remove from fridge and drizzle with the lemon juice. Add the tomatoes, lemon zest, and basil. Shred some parmesan over the top to taste, and call it good!
You could also add any other assortment of veggies that you would like, for instance green beans that you cook lightly with the pasta, or serve it over some spinach. Totally up to you.