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Tortellini Salad

It’s that time of year here in sunny Florida where we start bringing out our favorite salads, and Tortellini Salad is just one of them. It’s the perfect salad for lunch, family gatherings, church potlucks, graduation parties; you name it. This Tortellini Salad is guaranteed to ROCK any gathering you take it to.

As you all know, around The McCallum Household, we love two things; one is Iconic Southern Foods, the other is Italian-American Foods. Today, I’m sharing one of our family’s go-to salads for Spring and Summer, and you are going to LOVE it!


Tortellini Salad This Tortellini Salad is so deliciously flavorful it’s ridiculous, filled with fresh ingredients such as Tortellini, Prosciutto, Pepperoni, Genoa Salama, fresh Mozzarella, fresh spinach leaves, Roasted Red Bell peppers, fresh basil, sliced zucchini, grape tomatoes, mild banana pepper rings, red onions, artichoke hearts, green and black olives, then served with healthy a drizzle of Extra-Virgin oil and vinegar. 

We love this Tortellini Salad so much when I make it. It disappears in the drop of a hat. I have made triple batches for Family Gatherings and Potlucks and still not had enough. You know a recipe is epic when you make that much, and it’s still not enough, so be prepared for this to be one of your most requested pasta salads at parties and gatherings. It’s that damn GOOD!



Tortellini Salad I like to use fresh Cheese Stuffed Tortelli when I make this pasta recipe. Still, if you have a favorite brand of dried tortellini pasta, you can substitute the fresh for dried tortellini, be sure to follow the package instructions when cooking the Cheese Stuffed Tortellini. You can also pretty much use any Stuffed Tortelli you enjoy. OptionsOptionsOptions!

Hint: If you are looking for a timesaver option on a busy night, you can use your favorite Greek or Italian Dressing in a pinch. The recipe will, of course, taste a bit different than my recipe. However, it will still be good with a quality salad dressing. If you have the time, though, be sure to at least try it once with the Homemade Dressing.



Tortellini Salad Ideally, organic locally grown fresh veggies are best used in this salad recipe, but organic is not an option. Go with locally grown vegetables from the Produce Market for optimal taste. It supports the farmers in your area. Win-win if you ask me! Look for the vibrant colored grape tomatoes with smooth skin textures free of bruises or blemishes. 



Frequently asked questions about the  Tortellini Salad.

  • Can I use a few different ingredients? The answer is absolutely you can. Swap the cherry tomatoes out and use sun-dried tomatoes, use kale instead of baby spinach or pancetta instead of salami, and replace the fresh mozzarella with Parmesan or goat’s cheese. It’s easily customizable.
  • Can I skip making the vinaigrette dressing and use bottled? I love this dressing, and making your own is simple, but in a pinch, you could use your favorite bottled dressing with different results from above. 
  • Can I make this ahead of time? This Tortellini Salad is perfect for making ahead of time. It can be assembled and held at room temp for up to 2 hours or stored in the refrigerator overnight. If making the day before, I recommend waiting to add the spinach or kale until you are ready to serve the Tortellini Salad. 





Tortellini Salad

This Tortellini Salad is packed with fresh ingredients such as Tortellini, Prosciutto, Pepperoni, Genoa Salama, fresh Mozzarella, fresh spinach leaves, fresh basil, sliced zucchini, grape tomatoes, mild banana pepper rings, red onions, artichoke hearts, green and black olives, then served with healthy a drizzle of Extra-Virgin oil and vinegar. 
5 from 23 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Chill 1 hr
Total Time 35 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8 People
Calories 430 kcal


  • 20 ounces Cheese Stuffed Tortellini Pasta Cooked
  • 4 cups Baby Spinach leaves Stems removed
  • 12 ounces Plain Artichoke hearts Drained
  • 1 pint Grape Tomatoes Halved
  • 1 Roasted Red Pepper Sliced
  • 1 medium Zucchini Sliced
  • 1/2 cup Red Onion Diced
  • 12 Black Olives, or to own taste
  • 12 Green Olives, or to own taste
  • 12 Banana Pepper Rings Drained
  • 12 Fresh Mozzarella Balls or Sliced Mozzarella
  • Deli Sandwich Pepperoni, to own taste Sliced
  • Deli Prosciutto, to own taste Sliced
  • Deli Genoa Salami , to own taste Sliced

Homemade Dressing

  • 1/3 cup Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 tablespoons White wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice Do not use bottled
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 2 cloves Fresh Garlic Minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 6 Fresh Basil Leaves Finely chopped
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil To toss after draining pasta
  • 1 pinch Pepper Flakes Optional


Homemade Dressing

  • Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl and whisk until completely combined. Reserve until needed. You may keep refrigerated 3-4 days.

Tortellini Salad

  • Cook the Tortellini according to the package instructions. Once done remove from the heat source and drain. Run cold water over the pasta. Let the pasta drain. Drilled a small amount of olive oil on pasta and toss
  • Place the cooked tortellini in a large serving dish, add all the salad ingredients listed above and the Homemade Dressing. Gently toss the salad until combined and evenly coated. Refrigerate up to 60 minutes then toss before serving.


Although themccallumsshamrockpatch.com attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and how ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Under no circumstances will themccallumsshamrockpatch.com be responsible for any loss or damage resulting from your reliance on nutritional information.


Serving: 01Calories: 430kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 12gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 1148mgPotassium: 309mgFiber: 6gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 2172IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 145mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Tortellini, Tortellini Salad
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This easy Tortellini Salad is absolutely bursting with rich colors and layers of flavor from locally grown veggies, cheeses, and select  Italian deli meats. If you’re harvesting tomatoes or zucchini in your garden this year, Tortellini Salad is a fantastic way to use those fresh ingredients up in a snap.



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  • Reply
    June 14, 2019 at 12:07 am

    Love this salad, looks perfect for summer get together, filling I haven’t tried making Tortellini salad I need to now.

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      July 14, 2019 at 11:13 am

      Hello! Thanks for stopping by, if you love pasta salad you are really going to love this!!!

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    June 13, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Just the sound of everything makes me so hungry. I can’t imagine what would happen if I was literally making this Tortellini Salad from scratch! 🙂

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      July 14, 2019 at 11:12 am

      Ha Ha, that would be so awesome to have fresh homemade Tortellini! I haven’t made homemade in years but now am really thinking of it!!!

  • Reply
    June 13, 2019 at 9:36 am

    I love pasta salad. Any kind of it. And tortellini is like eating luxury salad which I wish I could eat all days of the week. It looks super delicious!

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      July 14, 2019 at 11:11 am

      Pasta Salad is awesome but this Tortellini Salad is one-up on pasta salad! You are gonna love it!

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    June 12, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    This has summer written all over it. It looks so good and refreshing.

    • Reply
      July 14, 2019 at 11:10 am

      Hey there, Ms. Mirlene, thanks for the sweet comment! Let me know if you make the recipe.

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    May 5, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Hi Heidy,

    YUM! I love the combination of flavors and colors. Healthy, filling, and delicious. What happense if i leave out the garlic?

    • Reply
      May 5, 2019 at 2:04 pm

      The taste will be a little off, but if you are not a fan of garlic you won’t miss it.
      Have a great day.

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    Chef Lola's Kitchen
    April 29, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Our family gatherings are never complete without delicious pasta salads. Can’t wait for everyone to try this out at our next meet up!

    • Reply
      July 14, 2019 at 11:09 am

      Thank you, Chef Lola! I hope it turns out well. Thanks for dropping by to share.

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    April 29, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    What a great pasta salad for spring and summer! Would be perfect or a party or a picnic!

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      July 14, 2019 at 11:17 am

      Thank you, so much Beth! It does make a great covered dish for those occasions.

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    Samantha H.
    April 29, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    YES! I’m totally going to make this next week! There used to be a grocery store here that made the best tortellini salad and then they went out of business and I haven’t been able to replicate it since. This looks exactly right!

    • Reply
      July 14, 2019 at 11:18 am

      That’s awesome Samantha I am so glad this reminds you of theirs. I hope it tastes just as good and even better! Enjoy!

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    April 29, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    My kids love anything with tortellini in it and I love all the fresh veggies in this recipe, thanks!

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      July 14, 2019 at 11:18 am

      Hello, Ms. Emily, I hope they enjoy this salad! Let me know how it goes over with the family.

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    April 29, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    This is one of my go-to dishes especially during the summer. So flavorful and easy to make.

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      July 14, 2019 at 11:19 am

      Thanks for dropping by Jen and sharing! I always love hearing from everyone!!

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