Italian Tortellini Salad

Italian Tortellini Salad

This EASY tortellini salad recipe is perfect for any pot-luck, picnic, cookout or backyard barbecue!  This delicious tortellini pasta salad is loaded with all of your Italian favorites, like salami, tomatoes, olives, banana peppers and more!  Topped with Italian dressing and shredded Parmesan cheese, this Italian pasta salad is amazing!

The perfect pasta salad or side dish for any pot-luck, picnic, cookout or backyard barbecue! This delicious tortellini salad is loaded with all of your Italian favorites, like salami, tomatoes, olives, banana peppers, red onion, and topped with Italian dressing and shredded Parmesan cheese!

Italian Tortellini Salad – the BEST Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

If you love cold tortellini salad, this Italian Tortellini Salad is a winner! It’s absolutely perfect as a side dish for your next cookout or barbecue, and fantastic with your grilled chicken or burgers as a weeknight meal.

Growing up in the mid-west, pot luck dinners were always a community-wide event!  Every home cook brought their best dishes, including salads, fried chicken, sandwiches and decadent desserts to share with everyone!  

The food was ALWAYS fabulous, and typically enough to feel the crowd twice over.  Also, people NEVER brought store-bought food to a pot luck – that was a big no-no!  The two unwritten rules of pot luck dining were always 1) bring enough to feed your family, and 2) bring something homemade.  This tortellini pasta salad would be the perfect dish to share for any pot luck event.

The perfect pasta salad or side dish for any pot-luck, picnic, cookout or backyard barbecue! This delicious tortellini salad is loaded with all of your Italian favorites, like salami, tomatoes, olives, banana peppers, red onion, and topped with Italian dressing and shredded Parmesan cheese!

What does this easy tortellini salad recipe include?

Loaded with fresh, delicious tomatoes, onions, peppers, olives, and mini-pepperoni, this salad could easily be a meal in itself.  The tri-color tortellini pasta comes together wonderfully with the rest of the ingredients making an amazingly colorful dish.  The shredded Parmesan cheese really brings the salad together and is complimentary to the cheese tortellini.

If you absolutely love veggies in your pasta salad you should check out this gorgeous Spring Orzo Salad Recipe by Yummy Healthy Easy. That asparagus looks amazing!

What type of tortellini should I buy for this tortellini pasta salad recipe?

I tend to use frozen pasta for this tortellini salad. You can also buy tortellini from the refrigerator section of the grocery store. This is very easy to make, but a bit more expensive than the frozen. Occasionally, you can find (dry/boxed) tortellini in the pasta section of the grocery store, however, this can sometimes be hard to come by.

The perfect pasta salad or side dish for any pot-luck, picnic, cookout or backyard barbecue! This delicious tortellini salad is loaded with all of your Italian favorites, like salami, tomatoes, olives, banana peppers, red onion, and topped with Italian dressing and shredded Parmesan cheese!

What makes this Italian pasta salad recipe so easy to make?

This tortellini salad is very simple to make, and comes together quickly and easily.  Feel free to use a store-bought Italian dressing, as is coats the pasta and veggies well and adds a nice, complimentary flavor.  It also brings all of the ingredients together, including the fresh vegetables, cheeses and pepperoni.

The perfect pasta salad or side dish for any pot-luck, picnic, cookout or backyard barbecue! This delicious tortellini salad is loaded with all of your Italian favorites, like salami, tomatoes, olives, banana peppers, red onion, and topped with Italian dressing and shredded Parmesan cheese!

Here’s a shopping list of ingredients you’ll need for this fantastic tortellini salad:

  • Frozen or Dry Tortellini
  • Mini Pepperoni
  • Sliced Black Olives
  • Red Onion
  • Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
  • Yellow Banana Peppers (can be found in a jar, near the olives and pickles at the supermarket)
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Ground Pepper

Tortellini Pasta Salad Q&A:

Can you make tortellini pasta salad the day before?

Yes, definitely! It’s a great side dish to make the day before a party or pot-luck. Because the tortellini soaks up the dressing, I would recommend reserving the dressing or making an extra batch of dressing and keeping it in a separate container. Just before serving, add the addition dressing and toss together.

How long with tortellini salad keep in the refrigerator?

I wouldn’t keep any leftovers for more than 5 days. Because of the Parmesan cheese and the cheese inside the tortellini, the freshness of the pasta salad isn’t as good as when it’s first made.

Can you freeze Italian pasta salad?

No, I wouldn’t recommend it. 

What goes with Italian Pasta Salad?

Here are a few of my grilling recipes that go wonderfully with this Italian Pasta Salad:

Grilled Caprese Chicken

Brown Sugar Balsamic Grilled Chicken

Grilled Balsamic Rosemary Steak

Lemon Pepper Grilled Chicken

Italian Grilled Chicken

 

If you loved this delicious tortellini pasta salad, be sure to check out these other salad recipes:

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Greek Tortellini Salad

 

If you love Italian anitpasto, then this chopped salad recipe is right up your alley! Loaded with fresh romaine lettuce, mozzarella, olives, salami and more, this incredible anitpasto salad will quickly become a family favorite for every potluck, cookout, and picnic this summer!

Italian Chopped Salad

 

Garden Vegetable Pasta Salad by Delightful E Made

Garden Vegetable Pasta Salad

 

With just 6 ingredients, this simple tomato salad recipe will be your new go-to summer side!  Made with fresh cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and a 3 ingredient balsamic vinaigrette, this caprese salad takes just minutes to make and tastes incredible!

Italian Caprese Tomato Salad

 

Here’s the easy, delicious recipe for my Italian Tortellini Salad:

Nutrition

Calories

2215 cal

Fat

96 g

Carbs

261 g

Protein

80 g
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Yields 8 servings

Italian Tortellini Salad

The perfect pasta salad for any pot-luck, picnic, cookout or backyard barbecue! This delicious tortellini salad is loaded with all of your Italian favorites, like salami, tomatoes, olives, banana peppers, red onion, and topped with Italian dressing and shredded Parmesan cheese! The ultimate side dish for any meal!

15 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 10 oz. small or medium cheese tortellini pasta (tri-color or regular)
  • 1 (5 oz.) pkg, mini pepperoni's
  • 1 c. cherry tomatoes (red and/or yellow), quartered
  • 1 (3.8 oz.) can, black olives, drained
  • 1/2 c. red onion, diced
  • 1/2 c. jarred mild yellow banana peppers, chopped
  • 1 c. Italian salad dressing
  • 1 c. shredded Parmesan cheese
  • pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Let set to cool.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the mini pepperoni, tomatoes, olives, red onion, and banana peppers. Toss with the cooled tortellini pasta. Add the dressing and cheese and toss all ingredients to coat. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Serve chilled.
  3. Store in an air-tight container for up to 1 week.
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The next time you’re invited to a pot luck dinner, or back yard cookout, bring this fantastic Italian Tortellini Salad.  It’s such a wonderful dish to share with your friends and family and will definitely become a new pot luck favorite that everyone will ask for!  Enjoy!  ~Erin

 

The perfect pasta salad or side dish for any pot-luck, picnic, cookout or backyard barbecue! This delicious tortellini salad is loaded with all of your Italian favorites, like salami, tomatoes, olives, banana peppers, red onion, and topped with Italian dressing and shredded Parmesan cheese!

Comments

  1. Dear Erin, your tortellini salad looks marvelous! This would complete at Summer cookout or get-together. Pinning for later. xo, Catherine
  2. Hi Erin, This looks and sounds so delicious! I'll have to try it soon! Thanks for the recipe! Blessings, Janet
  3. This looks SO delicious! Pasta salad is my all time favorite, and adding tortellini is genius!
  4. This looks delicious! I have a similar family recipe I make every summer. :)
  5. This looks so good! We're having my son's high school graduation party in June and this would be a perfect addition to our menu. Thanks for sharing. Over from SITS..
  6. Your pasta salad looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight party. Pinned & shared.
  7. This is my favorite type of pasta salad. I love the use of tortellini! Thanks for sharing at the Shine Blog Hop!
  8. Lori Painter says
    I've been so hungry for a salad like this! Trying this today, can't wait! Thanks, Erin.
  9. Frosty lady says
    The tortellini salad was great addition to our normal grill out menu. Didn't use the black olives family doesn't care for the so added zucchini. Thanks for sharing it
  10. I love pasta salad and I love tortellini - a perfect match!! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party!
  11. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday! Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us real soon. Miz Helen
  12. This is a delicious stand-alone meal. It looks so good.

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