Tortellini Pasta Salad

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You all know my love for pasta.  I can pretty much eat it any time and anywhere.  The only time I have trouble eating it is when it’s hot outside.  I’m not talking like 80 degrees hot, I’m talking 95 degrees, really humid, with a heat index of 105 degrees.  Then I can’t eat pasta and it makes me sad.

Make this quick and flavorful Tortellini Pasta Salad!

Oh sure, I still make pasta salad about once a week in the summer and while I love it, it’s not the same as having a good bowl of pasta for dinner.  For starters it just doesn’t feel as filling.  Then it has so many vegetables and an oil and vinegar dressing which just changes everything.

Everything you need to make Tortellini Pasta Salad

I know I didn’t want to have a hot bowl of pasta and I couldn’t put marinara sauce on cold pasta so I did the only thing I could think of.  I used a heartier pasta instead.  In this case I used cheese tortellini.  I absolutely love tortellini and because it’s stuffed with cheese it’s pretty filling.

This Tortellini Pasta Salad is delicious and perfect for summer parties and gatherings.  It’s also a tasty summer lunch or dinner because it has vegetables, cheese, and pasta all in one dish.  The dressing is light but flavorful and it works as an entree or a side dish.

Tortellini Pasta Salad is a flavorful and easy to make summer side dish.

I added in cucumbers, red peppers, red onions, two types of cheese, and pepperoni but really you can add in all of your favorite vegetables and cheese to make a tortellini pasta salad that works for your family!

Make this quick and flavorful Tortellini Pasta Salad!

Tortellini Pasta Salad

Yield: serves 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Tortellini combined with vegetables, cheese, and pepperoni for the ultimate summer salad.


For the dressing:

  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 1/4 c. red wine vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • salt and pepper

For the pasta salad:

  • 12 oz. cheese tortellini
  • 1/2 cucumber, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 c. cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 1/3 c. pepperoni, chopped


  1. Place all the ingredients for the dressing in a bowl and whisk until combined. Set aside.
  2. Cook the tortellini according to the package directions and drain. Run under cool water until the tortellini is no longer hot.
  3. In a large bowl combine the cucumber, red onion, and red pepper. Add in the tortellini. Pour the dressing over top and toss to coat.
  4. Fold in the cheese and pepperoni. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.


A Hezzi-D original recipe

You'll love the flavors in this Tortellini Pasta Salad

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