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Colorful And Flavorful Italian Tortellini Salad


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Italian Tortellini Salad is the perfect salad for spring and summer gatherings. This colorful salad is packed with veggies, protein, and flavor!

Italian Tortellini Salad in a white dish

CAN YOU EAT COLD TORTELLINI?

If you are new to eating or cooking with tortellini you may have some basic questions.

One question I have been asked is whether it is okay to eat cold tortellini. 

The answer is yes you can eat cold tortellini. 

Tortellini need to be cooked first according to the package directions. This applies to fresh or frozen tortellini. Once the tortellini is cooked it can be eaten cold or hot. 

INGREDIENTS FOR ITALIAN TORTELLINI SALAD

This is a simple salad to customize for your own personal tastes and preferences. Add extra veggies if desired or swap out different vegetables based on what you have on hand. 

  • Cheese Tortellini
  • Olives
  • Orange Bell Pepper
  • Salami 
  • Pepperoni
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Parsley
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Mozzarella Pearls 
  • Olive Oil
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Basil
  • Garlic Powder
  • Oregano
ingredients for Italian Tortellini Salad in a glass bowl

HOW TO MAKE ITALIAN TORTELLINI SALAD

I love easy and this Italian Tortellini Salad is definitely easy. The best part is that it tastes amazing and no one will know you didn’t spend hours making this side dish.

Italian Tortellini Salad in a white dish

STEP ONE: COOK TORTELLINI

Start off with a bag of frozen cheese tortellini. Cook the tortellini according to the package directions. After the tortellini are cooked drain them thoroughly. 

STEP TWO: MAKE DRESSING

While the pasta is cooking go ahead and make the dressing. Pour the olive oil, red wine vinegar, basil, garlic powder, and oregano into a small jar and shake the ingredients together.

ingredients for salad dressing in glass bowls, glass jar, and measuring spoon

STEP THREE: COMBINE INGREDIENTS

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked tortellini, olives, bell pepper, salami, pepperoni, tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, parmesan cheese, and mozzarella pearls. 

Toss to combine the ingredients with the dressing and it is ready to serve. 

Serve the salad immediately or cover and refrigerate. This will be good for up to 3 days!

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ITALIAN TORTELLINI SALAD RECIPE

You can print off the complete ingredients and instructions for this Italian pasta salad recipe via the recipe card below.

Italian Tortellini Salad

Italian Tortellini Salad is perfect for spring and summer. A colorful, flavorful salad packed with veggies and protein.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 533 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 19 ounces frozen cheese-filled tortellini
  • 1 cup black olives sliced in half
  • 1 cup orange bell pepper diced
  • 1 cup salami slices quartered
  • 1 cup pepperoni slices quartered
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes sliced in half
  • 1 cup cucumber peeled, sliced, and cut into quarters
  • ¼ cup parsley chopped
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces mozzarella pearls
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

Instructions
 

  • Cook tortellini according to package directions.
  • In a small jar, pour olive oil, red wine vinegar, dried basil, garlic powder, and dried oregano. Seal the jar and shake to combine.
  • Combine all other ingredients in a large bowl. Toss with pasta.
  • Pour dressing over the salad and toss until well combined.
  • Serve immediately for best results or refrigerate up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 533kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 25gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 1242mgPotassium: 224mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1029IUVitamin C: 29mgCalcium: 292mgIron: 3mg
Keyword easy salad, side dish, tortellini
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