Easy and Delicious!

Tortellini Pasta Salad Recipe Simple and satisfying with wholesome ingredients. You won’t find store bought “Italian dressing” (that’s not really Italian anyway) in this pasta salad. You will find REAL ingredients with a simple method to deliver a quality pasta salad to share with your guests and family. This Italian pasta salad comes together quickly and can easily be made ahead of time. Add this to your list to make and your family will love you for it. It doesn’t take much effort to gather friends and family around the table with this well loved meal. Enjoy!

Recipe for Italian Balsamic Garlic Vinaigrette

Staple Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe. Classic Italian balsamic vinaigrette recipe! It doesn’t get more Italian than quality olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and fresh garlic.

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Fresh Ingredients in Pasta Salad Win Every Time!

It is delightful with the summer tomatoes, olives, and fresh mozzarella bocconcini (bites). It is tossed with tortellini pasta and a balsamic garlic dressing.  A delicious classic with so many fresh ingredients. You are going to love it just as much as we do!

  • cheese tortellini
  • cherry tomatoes
  • fresh mozzarella
  • black olives
  • shredded carrots
  • balsamic garlic vinaigrette
  • basil leaves

This is a vegetarian recipe. You can add chicken, tuna, or dried salami if you wish!

 Tortellini’s diminutive, “tortello,” translates to “stuffed cake.” Tortellini is folded into hat-like shapes similar to dumplings. Traditionally, in Italy, tortellini are served warm in a broth. Here are two recipes that are more traditional to how we eat tortellini in Italia.

Tortellini Soup with Spinach and Lemon

Tortellini in Brodo (in broth)

Italian tortellini salad recipe Italian Style

Can I make Pasta Salad Ahead of Time?

Absolutely! That’s the best part. You can serve it at room temperature or cold. Make it two hours ahead of time and let it sit on the counter (toss well before serving) or a couple of days in advance and store in the fridge. Bring it to a picnic or BBQ and you will be loved!

pasta salad in a bowl with cheese and vegetables

Bonus- Time Saver Shortcut!

The only thing you have to cook is the tortellini! The other ingredients are cold and get tossed in after the pasta is coated in the dressing and slightly cooled. For best results do not add the mozzarella until the pasta is cooled or it will melt into globs- no, no!

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Serving and Storing Cold Salad:


As the Italian tortellini pasta salad chills, the flavors may become more mild. So, give it a taste test before serving. Then decide if you need to add any additional seasoning before serving. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days. Do not leave out at room temperature longer than 2 hours. Do not freeze it once mixed for best quality.

Easy Italian Tortellini Pasta Salad Recipe

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pasta salad in a bowl with cheese and vegetables

Easy Italian Tortellini Pasta Salad

  • Author: Elena Davis
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 68 servings 1x
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Italian/ American
  • Cuisine: Italian/ American

Description

This Italian pasta salad comes together quickly and can easily be made ahead of time. It is delightful with the summer veggies, olives, and fresh mozzarella bocconcini (bites). It is tossed with tortellini pasta and a lemon garlic dressing.  A delicious classic with so many fresh ingredients. You are going to love it just as much as we do!


Ingredients

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  • 1 recipe for Balsamic Garlic Vinaigrette
  • 1 lb (624 grams) cheese tortellini of choice
  • 1 pint (280 grams) cherry tomatoes (or mixed medley variety), cut in half  
  • 1 small can (64 grams)  pre sliced black olives 
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots 
  • 1 package (227 grams) fresh mozzarella balls, cut in half 
  • 2 tablespoon fresh basil, torn by hand
  • Salt and Pepper to taste 

Instructions

  1.  Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook cheese tortellini according to al dente directions (do not overcook). In the meantime, add the tomatoes, olives, carrots, and basil to a large serving bowl. Add the balsamic dressing and toss to combine.
  2. Drain the tortellini and add to the bowl with prepared ingredients. Toss well and let cool on counter, about 15 minutes, before adding the fresh mozzarella balls. Toss again, add the mozzarella, and toss more to combine. Season with more salt and pepper, if desired. Serve at room temperature or cold. Refrigerate up to 2 days and enjoy!  

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