Greek Tortellini Salad

Greek Tortellini salad made with cheese tortellini, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, red onion, feta cheese, and simple Greek dressing. This easy pasta salad is perfect for summer potlucks and barbecues. 

Tortellini Salad with feta cheese, cucumber and olives

Cheese Tortellini + Classic Greek Salad = Yum

June is here and that means summer is here. I know summer doesn’t officially start until later in the month, but I am ready!  I am giving us all permission to start summer early. We kicked off our early summer by making a Greek Tortellini Salad for dinner. I love making pasta salads during the summer months and this one is already a favorite!

I love a good classic Greek Salad, but I also like to mix things up. Last year, I made a Greek Quinoa Salad and it has become a staple in our house. This year, I jazzed the traditional Greek Salad up by adding cheese tortellini to the mix. Josh loves cheese tortellini and was very happy my new salad creation.

Greek Tortellini Salad Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com This salad is always a hit at potlucks! It is a family favorite!

Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad Ingredients laid out on cutting board

Tortellini Salad Ingredients

To make this tortellini salad you will need:

  • Cheese tortellini-you can use refrigerated, frozen, or even dried tortellini. Refrigerated or frozen tortellini is our favorite to use.
  • Grape tomatoes-you can use cherry tomatoes too.
  • Cucumbers-seedless cucumbers or regular cucumbers work well, use your favorite!
  • Kalamata olives-make sure you buy pitted kalamata olives.
  • Red onion-thinly slice the red onion.
  • Feta cheese-you can buy a block of feta cheese and crumble it into the salad or buy pre-crumbled feta cheese.
  • Greek dressing-this dressing is easy to whisk up and gives the salad great flavor.

Greek Tortellini Salad served in wooden bowl

How to make Tortellini Salad

I love making tortellini pasta salads because they are filling and easy to make. Cook the tortellini, according to package instructions, and add in tomatoes, cucumbers, kalamata olives, red onion, and feta cheese. Toss the salad with the simple Greek dressing made of olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, and oregano.

You can serve the pasta salad right away or chilled. This salad can be made ahead of time, which is a huge bonus. It will keep in the fridge for 2 to 3 days. I love making a big Greek Tortellini Salad so we can nibble on it for a few days. This pasta salad is always a hit at parties and potlucks. Everyone will beg you for the recipe!

Close up of Tortellini Pasta Salad with feta, cucumber, olive and tomato

Celebrate summer with this Greek Tortellini Salad! It is a great salad to take to summer barbecues, pool parties, and picnics. No need to wait, let’s get this summer party started!

Greek Tortellini Salad Video

Tortellini Salad that is Greek Inspired

Greek Tortellini Salad

The classic Greek Salad gets an update by adding cheese tortellini. This salad is great for picnics, parties, potlucks, and every day meals!
4.67 from 36 votes

Ingredients
  

For the Salad:

  • 1 20 ounce package refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 large cucumber chopped
  • 1 cup kalamata olives pit removed and chopped
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

For the Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the tortellini according to the package directions. Drain the tortellini and rinse with cold water.
  • Place the tortellini in a large bowl. Add the tomatoes, cucumber, olives, red onion, and feta cheese.
  •  In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper. Pour the dressing over the salad and stir until salad is well coated. Serve immediately or place in the refrigerator.
  • Note-this salad will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 137kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 12mg, Sodium: 423mg, Potassium: 147mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 400IU, Vitamin C: 5.5mg, Calcium: 90mg, Iron: 0.5mg
Keywords Greek pasta salad, tortellini salad

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  1. I just made a salad like this a couple of weeks ago! Oh my gosh it’s amazing flavors. Love that you used cheese tortellini’s! Beautiful salad!

  2. Mmmm! I’m with ya, tortellini are so very, very good! 🙂 Thanks so much for linking to my Spring Pesto Tortellini salad…and for the new recipe to try! Hope to meet you this weekend in Austin!

  3. I love Greek anything and this salad is no exception! The colors are gorgeous and the flavors are lovely!

  4. My littlies love tortellini too, and I was just thinking that it was time to start up the summer salads. I love keeping a stash of salads in the fridge for quick summertime meals. What a delight to find this waiting for me in my inbox this morning!

  5. Pasta salads just scream summer to me. I have an intense urge to go have a picnic. Like, right now. 🙂

  6. Such a fabulous idea! This would be a perfect side dish or main dish on weeknights with grilled meat!

  7. My hubs would go crazy over this! I can’t wait to make a big bowl of this when he returns home!

  8. Thank you! I have two packages of tri-color tortellini & I’ve been looking for the perfect recipe. Found it.

  9. I’m always looking for a new salad to try in the summer months. I’ll have to omit the red onion because I’m allergic, but I think it will still be greek without it 🙂

  10. That salad looks so refreshing and light. I have got to make that ASAP. On a side note, your photos are always so beautiful.

  11. Hi Maria…this looks great and I want to make it for a work event…I don’t have red wine vinegar and storage space is an issue…do you think white balsamic can be subbed? Thanks!

  12. My GREEK brother in law couldn’t stop eating this. Authentic or not, it’s crazy yummy. Keep the wonderful summer salads coming and thank you!

  13. This was terrific!!! Threw some grilled chicken strips on top for my protein loading husband, but I loved it as is! Thank you!!

  14. Very nice. I made this today with a few variations, not better, just different based on my tastes. I used 1/2 lb. of orzo, as I like it better than those store-bought cheese-filled tortellinis. I also pureed the garlic clove rather than minced, tossed in a few leaves of shredded basil (could have used fresh mint but my wife doesn’t like it), and added a bit more vinegar to the dressing, as I love the vinegary taste of a Greek salad. You gave me an excellent palette to work with however and I thank you. Very imaginative idea.

  15. Just made this for a party that we are having tomorrow. Oh my word! I’m trying to keep myself from eating it up. It’s so delicious!!

  16. Made this for our 4th of July BBQ, except I doubled the recipe. It was sooo good! It went pretty fast. Will definately make again!

  17. Quick follow-up to my post re the variation I tried, after I ate it. Doing it again I would use 1/4 lb. of orzo (about half a cup), as you will want to feature the Greek Salad, not making it too much of a pasta dish. Still, it was quite good. Thanks again.

  18. Hi! So I just realized I picked up ravioli instead of tortiliini because I couldn’t find it (as I’m making it, I now remember where it is). Will that work?! Please let me know. Sigh. Go figure!!!

  19. Mmm. Looks so good . I can’t wait to try it. I’d better hurry up while the tomatoes are still nice here in New Jersey. Thanks for the pin!

  20. Made this tonight and it was SO good! Refreshing and light and the dressing was simple and full of flavor. I will be making this more often!

  21. i make a variation of this salad using mini penne (when i don’t have tortellini on hand) and because i don’t like cucumbers i substitute with peppers (usually green and yellow)

  22. Makes my mouth water and this is a recipe I will make. Looks so yummy, but at the same time has tons of healthy ingredients. Thanks for sharing.

  23. This salad was awesome!!! I left out the Feta cause I can’t stand it, and added a can of artichoke hearts (quartered) and it was to die for!!!

  24. I used to make plain greek salad, not anymore! The tortellini make it very filling and satisfying while the dressing kicks it up BIG TIME! I will be making this for lunch regularly. I did not have a cucumber, replaced it with a few leaves of romaine.

  25. Hi! I made this today…YUM! I blogged about it at fourmilesnorthofnowhere.blogspot.com and at whatscookin4milesnorthofnowhere.blogspot.com and I linked back to your site/recipe in both places.

    If you have any objection, let me know and I will take down posts.

    Thanks for this recipe. LOVE it!

  26. Tried this yesterday. It was delicious. I am making extra oil to have on hand. Does this have to stay refrigerated?

  27. OH EM GEE, this is sooo Delish!! I just made it and took a few bites and am LOVING IT!!! thanks so much for sharing!!!!!

  28. I did a review of this on my blog, I didn’t post the recipe and gave you totally full and WELL DESERVED credit! I linked everyone here for the recipe! This was amazing, and I did add one thing (not that it needed anything) Garbanzo Beans! It added a little extra! 🙂 Thank you soo much for this delish pasta salad!

  29. This salad is delicious, love the tortellini in it!! Served with grilled chicken, perfect Summer meal. Thanks for sharing!

  30. Made this today for a BBQ. I added an additional tbsp of red wine vinegar for extra tartness, a tbsp of dried dill for a bit of brightness, and artichoke hearts cause it’s not greek without them.

    Everyone LOVED it and we came home with no left overs!

  31. made this for a party. Doubled recipie used a bought balsamic vinaigrette
    And added romaine lettuce. It was a hit at the party! Will make this again

  32. I made this for a party last night and doubled the recipe. I added romaine lettuce and used a high quality Balsamic dressing. It was fabulous ! Big hit at the party too. Thanks for the recipe ,this will be my go to salad !

  33. A huge hit! Beside exempting the red onion and substituting a smidge of grated white onion and a pinch of sugar in the dressing I made no changes. It was so delicious my husband demolished it for dinner last night and requested it again today. Thanks for sharing!

  34. This recipe is a staple for potlucks, my husbands coworkers always ask him to have me make it for functions. I usually add some pepperoni and pickled artichoke hearts. absolutely delicious!!

  35. Loved this recipe! Oven roasted my tomatoes and added some orange and yellow roasted peppers. No need for any dressing!

  36. I just made this for lunch today, and I love it! I was wondering if anyone knows how many calories are in this thing? I have been keeping track with my Fitbit.

  37. I’m no fan of cucumber or raw tomato (except as an unrecognizable element in sandwiches). However, I’ve been really wanting to eat healthier lately, and I want to develop at least a like for these fruits. Then, on Saturday, I was gifted with a quantity of little bitty tomatoes, leaving me scrambling to find some way to use them before they went bad. So I made this yesterday. Holy bananas. It’s so good! So addictive! I could eat it until I exploded. The variety of textures is outstanding! My roommate, who hates olives and also dislikes cucumber, can’t get enough of this, either!

    The only down side is that making this really showcased how ill-equipped my kitchen is. The biggest bowl we have could barely contain all of the salad, making it extremely difficult to stir.

    Thank you so much for providing this recipe! Great way to use up my tomatoes, and a great addition to my work meals! I’m just SO SAD that I’ll have to eat this like crazy to get through it before it goes bad…

  38. I freaking love this stuff. I make it for every potluck or party I go to. The only issue I have with it is that it’s too difficult to not eat all of it before it gets to the car! I usually have excellent self control but there’s just something magical about this recipe. I could eat the whole thing in one day. I would give it 20 stars.

  39. I just made this for an early Memorial Day picnic and oh my goodness is it delicious! I had to make myself stop eating it and put it in the fridge lol. I know everyone is going to love it.  Great recipe, it is SO good!!

  40. I just found this salad recipe last weekend, and have a potluck for 70 tomorrow.  Just made the salad (doubled!!) and it’s a good thing because I can’t stop ‘sampling’ it.  Yum!!  

    I salted the water the pasta was cooked in, and it didn’t need any more in the salad. I did leave out the red onions – the cucumber added enough crunch for me, and I don’t care for onions.

    I will be inflicting this on my extended family 😀  Thank you for the recipe!

  41. I made this today and oh my goodness it’s so good! Light and refreshing, perfect for today since it 97 degrees outside! I didn’t have Kalamata olives so I used the green olives I had on hand and it was great. Any kind of olive is good! Do you by chance have any nutritional information on this? It tastes so yummy I can’t believe it will fit into my low cal diet plan lol. 

  42. This are delicious dishes, thank you for your help in mimimaze the dayling cooking!! May the Lord bless you!
    Att.
    Isabel Salas.

  43. My daughter made the Greek Tortellini salad for our Labor Day gathering and it was absolutely fabulous! We never thought of using tortellini in a salad and it was refreshing. This salad can stand on its own as an entree!

  44. Io sono di bologna (italia) e questo è un insulto alla mia terra….
    non siete capaci di cucinare nessun tipo di pasta, ancora meno quella ripiena…avete ucciso un paese e tutte le cose buone che ha creato….pessimo pessimo pessimo video…

  45. 5 stars
    I loved this salad. It only last 2 days in my frig because I inhaled it!!!! LOL!!!! Flavors are great and not overwhelming. On to the next salad. Thanks Maria for this great receipe

  46. 5 stars
    My new “go-to” pasta salad!!  So yummy.  I Added a jar of artichokes and 2 sliced avocados. I have also used Gazebo light Greek Dressing when in a pinch.   So very good!  Add a toasted pita pocket and tah-dah!!  

  47. 5 stars
    I’ve made this many times to great reviews. Also served at a friend’s baby shower, it doubles and triples well! This is a go to for me.

  48. 5 stars
    Tried this recipe for a “salad contest” at work – I won 3rd place! Great flavor, thanks for the recipe!

  49. This recipe was absolutely fabulous! It was amazing simple and quick to make too. The taste was just fantastic!

  50. 5 stars
    Great for our potluck. Garnished with chopped parsley and additional feta. Everybody loved it. Pretty like the picture

  51. 5 stars
    I love this dish! I’ve made it many times for family gatherings and parties with friends. It’s a hit every time!

  52. Would it be ok to make this Greek tortwllini salad the night before or would you suggest making it the day I will serve it?

  53. 5 stars
    We love this recipe I made it as directed and will make it again. It was easy and delicious! That’s a winner in my book! Thanks for the great recipe.

  54. 5 stars
    A friend brought this salad to my house and then directed me to this website. I’ve made it a few time for events and it is always a HUGE hit. It’s so fresh and easy to put together and is absolutely delicious.

  55. 3 stars
    Very easy, light and healthy supper. I used pre-sliced kalamata olives and that reduced prep. We had some leftovers and refrigerated. The tomatoes lose all flavor after being refrigerated. Recommend using it all in one go.

  56. 1 star
    Good morning, my name is Anna and I’m from Greece, I really like your site and I made the tortilla Greek salad. They came out awesome and I have a photo to upload to my facebook recipes and tips

  57. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh Maria I made this a few weeks ago and it was so good. i felt like I was in Greece again eating at an outside cafe. The flavors are amazing and a wonderful heart healthy recipe. i will make it again this week. Thank you!

  58. 5 stars
    Very easy recipe. Instead of cheese tortellini, I used what I had in the pantry which was tomato with oregano purchased at Aldi. I figured the recipe had tomatoes and oregano, so the tortellini should be okay. It was delicious. Great combination of flavors and perfect ration of dressing to salad.

  59. I’ve made this salad for 15 years. You’re missing the marinated prawns, Italian squash and all the herbs. You have a good starter though.

  60. 5 stars
    I made this today. My husband doesn’t like cucumbers so I left them out, but added some to my bowl. I also added some pepperoni and salami. It was delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

  61. 4 stars
    Thank you for sharing your recipe. It was my inspiration for lunch today, working w/what we had on hand due to the pandemic. Here were my notes: I made this 4/25/20. With some minor changes, this can be a spectacular salad. 1st, quadruple the dressing, you won’t regret it. And definitely use a LOT more fresh minced garlic. Be sure your pasta is cooked & well chilled ahead of time. If there is time, marinate all the veggies in the dressing in a ziplock bag long before assembly. Because I was only cooking for 2, I did not follow the proportions, but instead put together a portion for 2. Example, I only used ~ 2.5 c tortellini. Add a sprinkling Parmesan cheese before serving. Definitely could use some spicy meat such as Genoa Salami or Kielbasa. A hard boiled egg cut up and served on top would be the crowning touch. Consider serving it with hot crusty bagget bread. I put bell pepper in my spouse’s salad because he likes it. Obviously these are just ideas based on our taste preferences.

  62. Unfortunately,tortellini seems to be another one of those products in short supply at this time. ☹️

  63. 4 stars
    I made this the other night & we loved it! The dressing didn’ Make enough so when I make it again I’ll double the amounts.

  64. Besides being a colorful salad, the ingredients are healthy and you can’t go wrong with Feta and Kalamata Olives!

  65. 5 stars
    I’ve made this multiple times and it’s always a hit! Any time I bring this to a BBQ or potluck I always get asked for the recipe! I like to add a little lemon juice to the dressing to brighten it up just a tad. I like how versatile it is as well, there are so many things you could add to this! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  66. 5 stars
    This is the perfect summer salad! I hate to cook, but this recipe is easy and tastes amazing! Everyone I have ever made it for wants the recipe.

  67. I will be making this greek salad soon……I have been making a cheese tortellini antipasto salad…..I just use the cheese tortellini and add ingredients you would put into an antipasto….green and black itialian olives, roasted red peppers, red onion, cherry tomatoes, ham, salami and mozzarella balls artichoke hearts…..and use a light Italian dressing….its very good.

  68. This sounds wonderful but I’m not a fan of olives. Would capers be a reasonable substitute? What would you suggest? Thank you.

    1. I think capers would be good. You can also leave them out. I like artichoke hearts too!

  69. 4 stars
    Yum! This was a great make-ahead meal for family visiting. I doubled the dressing like some of the reviewers mentioned, and I’m glad I did. It definitely needed more dressing than the recipe called for, and I had a little extra to revive the leftovers the next day. If you’re using this for multiple meals, keep a little dressing in the fridge to add. I added a little Dijon mustard (maybe a teaspoon?) to the dressing as well as I felt it was missing a little zip. It was gobbled up by guests and makes for a perfect summer meal.

  70. I’ve been making this recipe for a few years. I decided to make a wee bit healthier. I swapped out the tortellini for quinoa, and added chickpeas for a protein boost. Its by far one of favorite go to salads.