Back in the 1980s we used to holiday with a group of friends every Easter. Everyone would take and make dishes which we would all share. One the the girls made this Tortellini salad, it was the first time we’ve ever tasted tortellini used this way and we all loved it. When we got home she shared the recipe with all of us.
On the same sheet as the American Potato Salad was this Italian Salad. This at least had pasta as it’s base, which does give it an Italian style. Using pasta in a salad was still fairly unusual when this was published in 1991 and I certainly don’t think Mum had ever made a pasta salad at that stage.