Two Peas and Their Pod

Tortellini Salad

Memorial Day is on Monday and if you still need a tasty salad for your barbeque or picnic, make this Tortellini Salad. It is one of my favorite salads to take to summer parties. It is always a hit and I usually get asked for the recipe. I am always happy to share my recipes, so today everyone is getting my Tortellini Salad recipe.

This easy tortellini salad is colorful, filling, and loaded with flavor. Cheese tortellini are surrounded by artichokes, peppers, grape tomatoes, black olives, basil, and Parmesan cheese. I like to buy the tri-colored tortellini, but any tortellini will do. I toss the salad in balsamic dressing, making sure all of the ingredients are covered. I use store bought dressing to keep it easy. My favorite brand is Maple Grove’s Balsamic Vinaigrette, but feel free to use your favorite brand or make your own dressing.

This is a cold pasta salad, which makes it perfect for summer. Make sure you chill it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving. I like to make a big bowl so we can eat it for leftovers. It is great as a main dish or side dish. The salad will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Add this Tortellini Salad to your Memorial Day menu and have a fun, safe holiday weekend!

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Tortellini Salad

Yield: 8-10


1 (16 ounce) package cheese tortellini, cooked according to package instructions, rinsed and drained
2 cups water-packed artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
1 large red pepper, chopped, seeds removed
1 large yellow pepper, chopped, seeds removed
1/2 cup pitted sliced black olives
1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes
3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup freshly chopped basil
1 1/4 cups balsamic dressing (use your favorite brand)
Salt and pepper, to taste


1. In a large bowl, combine tortellini, artichokes, peppers, olives, tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, and basil. Stir until combined.

2. Add the balsamic dressing and gently stir until all of the ingredients are coated with dressing. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Place tortellini salad in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving. Serve chilled.

If you like this Tortellini Salad, you might also like:

Greek Style Tortellini Salad from Recipe Girl
Warm Tortellini & Pesto Chicken Salad from Cooking with My Kid
Tortellini Skewers from Dana Treat
Tortellini Spinach Salad from Two Peas and Their Pod

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58 Responses to “Tortellini Salad”

  1. What a beautiful pasta salad! Love all the colors! Perfect for a summertime cookout.

    Love the new look of the blog!! Have a great holiday weekend!

  2. Maria your new site is making your recipes look even MORE delicious and vibrant and colorful. I love it!

    Have a happy long weekend!

    • Two Peas replied: — May 27th, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

      Thanks so much! Have a great weekend!

  3. Joanne — May 27, 2011 @ 4:46 am

    I love pasta salads like this! Black olives and tortellini…perfection!

  4. Katrina — May 27, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    This sounds so lovely. Beautiful recipe!

  5. I have been craving a pasta salad lately- I can’t think of anything better than YOURS now!!!

  6. Kalyn — May 27, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    That looks good, especially the artichoke hearts. I love that last photo where it feels like you’re just ready to take a bite!

  7. Erica — May 27, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

    This is colorful! I love the idea of this salad (minus the olives ;)). I totally want to make it! Such a unique salad

    • Two Peas replied: — May 27th, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

      You can leave the olives out, I won’t tell:)

  8. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — May 27, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

    This would make a wonderful side dish (or main course) for a summer meal! I love tortellini but barely ever eat it.

  9. marla — May 27, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

    Perfect for Memorial Day or any time at all!

  10. Kelley — May 27, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

    I can see why you get asked for the recipe- it looks divine! Perfect for a summer bbq.

  11. Angie — May 27, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

    I love this idea to make tortellini in a salad. It’s a perfect summer salad.

  12. Katrina — May 27, 2011 @ 10:30 am

    Mmm! Looks good. I love all your meatless dishes, Maria.

  13. Cookin' Canuck — May 27, 2011 @ 10:38 am

    The artichoke, olive and tomato combination is wonderful, Maria. This is the perfect salad to take to any barbecue.

  14. Jenny Flake — May 27, 2011 @ 10:43 am

    Oh yah, loving all of these summer recipes, makes me so excited for summer!

  15. brandi — May 27, 2011 @ 11:04 am

    I love any kind of pasta salad, especially with tortellini! The more olives the better :)

    Hope you guys have a great weekend!

  16. Feast on the Cheap — May 27, 2011 @ 11:07 am

    A deli classic! This looks delish

  17. Kristen — May 27, 2011 @ 11:07 am

    Looks delicious! Perfect for this weekend.

  18. Jennifer (Savor) — May 27, 2011 @ 11:20 am

    Love making tortellini salad – thanks for the reminder

  19. Ann — May 27, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    Looks amazing! I love tortellini salad and your pictures are beautiful!

  20. Heather @ Heater's Dish — May 27, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

    Holy colorful salad! Looks so fresh and delicious…I think I’ll make it for our memorial day BBQ!

  21. Lori @ RecipeGirl — May 27, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

    You’re right- everyone does love a good tortellini salad. I enjoy the Maple Grove salad dressings too. Thx for the link, & have a fun weekend!

  22. Lucy Leana — May 27, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

    Very bright and sunny salad – my kids would gobble it up – especially the olives

  23. Tessa — May 27, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

    I can see how this would be popular at BBQ’s. I could eat this for my meal. Looks great!

  24. Wow. I haven’t made a pasta salad of any kind in such a long time. And I don’t know why because they are so delicious. And perfect for warm weather. Thanks for reminding me! And, by the way, I’m loving your new site design. Very nice!

  25. Esi — May 27, 2011 @ 5:33 pm

    I love tortellini in salad

  26. looks fantastic!

  27. Allison [Haute Box] — May 27, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

    Wow. Love the colors in this pasta salad. Gorgeous!

    I also like the new header on your site. :)

  28. The site design looks so great and so does this salad!

  29. susan — May 28, 2011 @ 8:58 am

    Summer has arrived! Looks yummy

  30. Jeanette — May 28, 2011 @ 8:58 am

    This tortelllni salad looks perfect for a Memorial Day gathering – love all the colors and is so easy to make!

  31. Weekend Cowgirl — May 28, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

    Yum. This looks like a great summer dish!

  32. Tracy — May 28, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

    I love a good cold pasta salad, especially if it includes artichokes. Yum!

  33. Amanda — May 29, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    I think my hubby would LOVE this… I might have to make a trip to the grocery store so we can try this… great job girl!! How are you feeling by the way? Can I make a special request for BABY update posts on a regular basis???

    • Two Peas replied: — May 30th, 2011 @ 10:43 am

      I know, I need to do some baby updates. Soon-just for you:)

  34. Sarah @ The Pajama Chef — May 29, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

    this sounds lovely! and simple. can’t wait to try it!

  35. I love pasta salads like this, they are perfect for summer picnics! Hope you guys are enjoying the long weekend!

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  37. Cookbook Queen — June 1, 2011 @ 11:15 am

    Sounds so fresh (and easy). This would be perfect for dinner here in Arkansas, where I’m about to sweat to death already.

  38. patsyk — June 1, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

    I love how colorful this salad is and think it’s so perfect for any outdoor get-together.

  39. This looks great! In fact, I think this is a recipe that my hubby can handle, so I think I’ll add it to our menu next week. :)

  40. I looooooove tortellini! I never thought to use it in a pasta salad, but it’s genius. This looks delicious!

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