Italian Tortellini Salad {Perfect Pasta Salad}

Italian Tortellini Salad made with cheese tortellini, tomatoes, salami, olives, basil, zesty homemade Italian dressing and more! This hearty pasta salad can be served as a main dish or side dish.

Italian Tortellini Salad

Our Greek Tortellini Salad has been a reader favorite for years! I am so glad you guys love it.

Let me introduce you to another favorite, our Italian Tortellini Salad. If you like the Greek salad, I know you will love this Italian version. It only takes 30 minutes to make and can be served as a main dish or side dish.

My boys LOVE this pasta salad and every time I take it to a party or potluck, I leave with an empty bowl. That is always a good sign:)

Italian Tortellini Salad Recipe

Salad Ingredients

This tortellini salad is loaded with all of your favorite Italian ingredients!

  • Cheese tortellini (refrigerated or frozen)
  • Tomatoes (grape or cherry)
  • Black olives
  • Red bell pepper (yellow, orange, or green would be good too)
  • Red onion
  • Salami (if you need the salad to be vegetarian, you can leave out the salami.)
  • Pepperoncini peppers (You can use mild or medium, they add great flavor!)
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Basil

You could also add: pepperoni, chicken, prosciutto, ham, artichoke hearts, fresh mozzarella cheese, provolone cheese, capers, or Italian parsley. Feel free to mix it up!

Italian Dressing

Italian Dressing

The salad gets dressed with a simple homemade Italian Dressing. Of course, you can use your favorite store bought Italian dressing, but my homemade dressing is the BEST!

And I promise it only takes a few minutes to whisk up. Plus, you can made it in advance. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Italian Tortellini Pasta Salad

How to Make Italian Tortellini Salad

  • Cook the tortellini according to package instructions, you want it to be al dente. Don’t over cook the pasta or the tortellini will fall apart.
  • Drain and rinse with cold water. Place the tortellini in a large bowl.
  • Add the goodies, the tomatoes, olives, red bell pepper, onion, salami, pepperoncini, Parmesan cheese, and basil.
  • Drizzle with Italian dressing, making sure the salad is well coated, and toss well.
  • Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve the salad at room temperature or chilled.

And if you want to serve garlic bread, caprese garlic bread, or bruschetta on the side, GO FOR IT! I always say yes to more carbs!

How to Store

You can make this salad in advance, but don’t toss the salad with all of the dressing, only use half of the dressing and reserve the rest for later. Adding some of the dressing will prevent the tortellini from sticking together and it will give all of the ingredients flavor while it’s chilling in the fridge.

When you are ready to serve the salad, add the remaining dressing and toss. This will freshen it up. I also like to garnish with more basil and Parmesan cheese right before serving.

Keep the dressed salad in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to three days. The leftovers are great! Sometimes, I sneak a few bites right from the container, don’t tell Josh:)

Italian Tortellini Salad in bowl

More Pasta Salad Recipes

  • 18 oz cheese tortellini
  • 3 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 6 oz pitted black olives, drained and halved
  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, chopped
  • 8 oz salami, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped pepperoncini peppers
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Italian Dressing

Store the pasta salad in the fridge for up to 3 days. See above on how to make the salad in advance. 

Nutrition Facts

Italian Tortellini Salad

Amount Per Serving

Calories 388 Calories from Fat 180

% Daily Value*

Fat 20g31%

Saturated Fat 7g35%

Cholesterol 51mg17%

Sodium 1353mg56%

Potassium 315mg9%

Carbohydrates 33g11%

Fiber 4g16%

Sugar 4g4%

Protein 19g38%

Vitamin A 1169IU23%

Vitamin C 34mg41%

Calcium 187mg19%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Photos by Molly

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