Tortellini Salad Recipe

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This tortellini salad recipe is made with delicious ingredients that the whole family will love. It’s an amazing Italian antipasto salad that you can use as a side dish or eat for a meal on its own.

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Making this tortellini salad recipe is great if you need lunches or even an easy dinner. It’s packed with so many savory ingredients that it can stand very well on its own. If you are making it for a side dish you can pair it with a light veggie salad, since it’s packed with Italian meats you don’t really need to pair this one with a protein.

Top down view of the finished tortellini pasta salad.

What do I need to make tortellini salad at home?

Here is a handy list of the ingredients used in this version of an Italian antipasto salad. It’s quick, easy, and so delicious. Once you make it one time you’ll be hooked…like we are. The whole family gobbles this recipe up. I don’t even get to pack up leftovers most of the time.

Side view of the finished tortellini pasta salad recipe in a bowl ready to be eaten.
  • 1 16-ounce box of Tortellini pasta
  • 1 bottle of Italian Dressing 
  • 2 cups cured Italian meats (we chose salami, prosciutto, and capicolla)
  • 1/2 cup one other cheese of your choosing (we chose Havarti) 
  • 1/2 cup large, pitted, black olives  
  • 1/2 cup red, orange, and yellow banana peppers
  • 1/2 cup fresh mozzarella cheese
Another pin showing a variety of images of the finished Italian antipasto salad

How to make Italian antipasto salad:

In just five easy steps you’ll have a delicious recipe on the table that will have everyone drooling. It’s loaded with all your favorite Italian flavors, you can customize it to suit what you have on hand as well. Got leftovers from a charcuterie board? They’ll go great in this amazing recipe.

Top down view of the finished bowl full of tortellini salad.
  1. Add pasta to 6 quarts of lightly salted water. Cook according to the instructions on the bag. Remove pan from stove and drain the water. 
  2. Cut cheese and meats into strips and roll and set aside.
  3. Add pasta into a large bowl and chill in the fridge. Once pasta is completely chilled, remove from fridge.
  4. Add meats, cheeses, peppers, olives, and peppers on top of the cooked and chilled pasta.
  5. Pour your Italian dressing onto the salad and using a large spoon, toss all the ingredients until well incorporated. Garnish with sesame seeds if desired.

Can I use different pasta for this recipe?

Whatever pasta makes you happy you can use in this recipe. I use tortellini because it adds flavor and texture to this recipe. If you need something gluten free or even dairy free you can make adjustments to the recipe to suit your needs.

Close up view of the finished salad ready to be shared.

The only thing you’ll need to do is recalculate the nutrition info as it will vary based on the ingredients you use!

Looking for even more delicious pasta salad recipes?

You might have missed some of these delicious pasta salad recipes. I make pasta salad with shrimp, chicken pasta salad, and Greek pasta salad for lunches and even quick dinners.

A top down view of the finished bowls full of Italian pasta salad.

My pesto pasta salad, creamy pasta salad, and copycat Ruby Tuesday pasta salad are all great for parties. If you are looking for something more unique, try out my bow tie or orzo pasta salads!

No matter which pasta salad you choose, you’ll love it! Each one is unique and delicious. If you have a busy life (who doesn’t) these recipes can be a lifesaver.

This Tortellini Pasta Salad Recipe never needs reheating and you can pack it in lunches or have the kids get their own after school snack without help. Not to mention you can make these recipes for pasta salad for your summer parties, backyard bbq’s, and holiday gatherings.

Featured image showing the finished salad ready to be enjoyed.

Printable Tortellini Salad Recipe:

Here is a convenient printable version of my tasty tortellini salad recipe. You can use this as a printable shopping list for the ingredients as well. It’s all on one page, easy and simple!

Yield: 12 Servings

Tortellini Salad

Tortellini Salad

This tortellini salad recipe is made with delicious ingredients that the whole family will love. It's an amazing Italian antipasto salad that you can use as a side dish or eat for a meal on its own.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cooling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 16-ounce box of Tortellini pasta
  • 1 bottle of Italian Dressing
  • 2 cups cured Italian meats (we chose salami, prosciutto, and capocollo)
  • 1/2 cup one other cheese of your choosing (we chose Havarti)
  • 1/2 cup large, pitted black olives
  • 1/2 cup red, orange, and yellow banana peppers
  • 1/2 cup fresh mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Add pasta to 6 quarts of lightly salted water. Cook according to the instructions on the bag. Remove pan from stove and drain the water.
  2. Cut cheese and meats into strips and roll and set aside.
  3. Add pasta into a large bowl and chill in the fridge. Once pasta is completely chilled, remove from fridge.
  4. Add meats, cheeses, peppers, olives, and peppers on top of the cooked and chilled pasta.
  5. Pour your Italian dressing onto the salad and using a large spoon, toss all the ingredients until well incorporated. Garnish with sesame seeds if desired.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 205Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 269mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 13g
I am not a medical expert. These calculations are provided as a courtesy.
Pin showing the finished salad with title at the top and bowl full of tortellini salad at the bottom.

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