NICU Unit Clerk Shares Tortellini Salad Recipe

A family favorite will be featured on the menu at the VacaValley Hospital Café every Wednesday this month, thanks to a NorthBay NICU clerk and a home cooking supply party held years ago.

Lorraine Dinis, NICU unit clerk/nurse assistant, is the May winner of the monthly recipe contest at the café. Her Tortellini Salad is a family favorite she learned from her mom.

“My mom learned this recipe from a Pampered Chef party a long time ago,” she explained. “We always use it as a pot luck dish or a side dish for family barbecues.”

Kerry Harris, food service manager at VacaValley said, “The staff loved the simplicity of the recipe and the refreshing mix of fresh greens and pasta, guaranteed to wow your taste buds.”

The winning entry means Lorraine gets a free meal at the café and her recipe will be featured each Wednesday in May on the menu.

Entries for the June contest are being accepted. To enter, e-mail a recipe by May 17 to: and then watch the NorthBay Facebook page ( where the winner will be announced May 29.
Salad recipe