Easy Tortellini Salad

Lillian Russo Recipe

By Lillian Russo Lilliancooks

20 Min
10 Min
Stove Top

This is my fresh tasting, flavorful, tortellini salad that is always a big hit at family gatherings!

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This isn't just your regular ol' pasta salad! The dressing is very light and the tortellini make for a very filling dish. You could easily serve this with some crusty bread and a nice salad for a lovely, light meal.


1-8 oz
pkg. spinach filled tortellini-dry type (ronzoni or barilla brand) not frozen
1-8 oz
pkg. 3 cheese tortellini-dry type also
1-6 oz
jar marinated artichoke hearts-cut into small pieces
1 pt
grape tomatoes-cut in half or 1 large beefsteak tomato seeded and diced
6 oz. can(s)
black pitted olives-drained and sliced
red onion-sliced thin
1/4 c
grated carrots
2 Tbsp
fresh parsley-chopped-as a garnish.
~~~~ my salad dressing ~~~~
1/2 c
apple cider vinegar
1/2 c
olive oil, extra virgin
3 oz
corn oil
1 Tbsp
1/4 tsp
black pepper
1/4 tsp
oregano, dried
1 tsp

Directions Step-By-Step

In a small bowl or jar, mix together the salad dressing ingredients and set aside.
Cook both tortellini packages according to the package directions, al dente.
Drain and cool completely, and set aside.
In a large salad serving bowl, mix together the artichoke hearts, tomatoes, olives, red onion and carrots.
Then add in all the cooled tortellinis and toss well.
Shake or wisk to salad dressing very well and immediately pour the entire amount over the tortellini salad. Toss til evenly coated.
Refigerate a few hours or overnight. Toss again before serving. And add some chopped fresh parsley for even more color!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta Sides, Pasta Salads
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian

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Donna Brown gabbiegirl
Jul 23, 2010
Yummm, looks wonderful!
Juliann Esquivel Juliann
Jul 23, 2010
Hi Lillian this looks so good, cool and refreshing. I am going to try this one. Should be great on a hot afternoon. My kids love tortellini, sometimes I add to my soups. Thanks for sharing.
Lillian Russo Lilliancooks
Jul 24, 2010
Thank you both!

Ooops...I forgot to mention the chopped parsley! It gives this salad even more color! I just added it to the ingredients!
Donna Brown gabbiegirl
Jul 26, 2010
It was sooo good in this 100 degree heat!
Rene Palmer slinky789
Jul 27, 2010
I tried this tonight and man was it amazing! I couldn't find the tortellini, so I subbed ravioli. Also, instead of using oregano in the dressing, I used dried basil (I'd run out of oregano). Then at the end, I used fresh basil from my garden instead of the fresh parsley. It was fantastic! I'm already telling my friends that I want to do a pasta salad throwdown! ha ha
Lillian Russo Lilliancooks
Jul 27, 2010
Thank you so much Rene! I love your changes! I never thought to use ravioli...I'll have to try that too! Very cool idea!!! And you can't go wrong with basil!
Donna Brown gabbiegirl
Aug 20, 2010
I passed this recipe along to my daughter and she made it for her ladies' group. They loved it!!
Lillian Russo Lilliancooks
Aug 20, 2010
Oh..I'm so glad! Thank you! Did she use my dressing recipe too?
Kitchen Crew JustaPinch
Oct 4, 2010
Janet awarded this recipe a Blue Ribbon!

This isn't just your regular ol' pasta salad! The dressing is very light and the tortellini make for a very filling dish. You could easily serve this with some crusty bread and a nice salad for a lovely, light meal.
Oct 10, 2010 - Lillian Russo shared this recipe with discussion group: I NEED a Picture to Cook!!!
Nancy R Robeyone
Oct 11, 2010
Oh Man you were a runner up for the salad contest!!!!! Wish you would have won, but congrats on being in the top of the list!!!!!!
Heidi Hoerman heidicookssupper
Oct 11, 2010
Yay, Lillian!!! Runner up ain't nuthin' to sneeze at!!
Brenda Replogle Brenda48
Oct 11, 2010
This sounds absolutely delicious. I can't wait to try it! And, congratulations on being a runner up. I can see why, with this great recipe!
Cherryl Rogers Cher1948
Oct 11, 2010
Wow Lillian, this look fantastic. I have been looking for a recipe with tortillini and this one sounds wonderful. I love all the colors and the dressing sounds really light. Congratulations on your win !
Smiles, Cher Rogers
Lillian Russo Lilliancooks
Oct 12, 2010
Thank you so much everyone! I'm so honoured to have made the list! Its so nice to see how much this site appreciates its members...and how much the members support each other! JAP ROCKS! =)