This Tortellini Salad combines cheese-filled tortellini with fresh vegetables, herbs, and a tangy vinaigrette, making it a colorful and satisfying dish perfect for picnics, potlucks, or a refreshing meal. The combination of flavors and textures makes this salad a delightful option for any occasion.


  • 1 pound cheese-filled tortellini
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup black olives, sliced
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Vinaigrette:

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook the Tortellini: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the tortellini and cook according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Prepare the Salad Ingredients: Add the cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, black olives, mozzarella cheese, basil, and parsley to the bowl with the cooled tortellini. Toss gently to combine.
  3. Make the Vinaigrette: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper until well combined and emulsified.
  4. Dress the Salad: Pour the vinaigrette over the tortellini and vegetable mixture. Toss well to ensure everything is evenly coated with the dressing. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Chill Before Serving: For the best flavor, cover and refrigerate the salad for at least 1 hour before serving. This allows the flavors to meld together.
  6. Serve: Give the salad a gentle stir before serving. If desired, garnish with additional fresh herbs or a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

  • Calories: 350
  • Fat: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Protein: 12g

Prep and Cooking Time:

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes (for the tortellini)
  • Additional Time: 1 hour for chilling


  • Serves: 6 people

Tortellini Salad is a versatile and crowd-pleasing dish that’s as easy to make as it is delicious to eat. It’s a wonderful way to enjoy the flavors of Italy in a fresh, vibrant salad form. Perfect for warm weather dining or when you’re looking for a dish that’s both satisfying and light.

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