Lillian Russo Recipe

Easy Tortellini Salad

By Lillian Russo Lilliancooks

Recipe Rating:
 14 Ratings
Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Cooking Method:
Stove Top

Lillian's Story

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

Blue Ribbon Recipe

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

  • Comments

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    Donna Brown gabbiegirl - Jul 23, 2010
    Yummm, looks wonderful!
  • user
    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.
  • user
    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!
  • user
    Donna Brown gabbiegirl - Jul 26, 2010
    It was sooo good in this 100 degree heat!
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    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