Easy Tortellini Pasta Salad Recipe


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This easy Tortellini Pasta Salad recipe is a delicious favorite made with a homemade Italian dressing and on the table in under 30 minutes.

This easy Tortellini Pasta Salad recipe is a summer staple! Perfect for picnics, potlucks, reunions, or to make ahead for easy meals, this is a recipe you’ll turn to time and again!

Tortellini Pasta Salad in glass bowl // addapinch.com

Pasta salads are such versatile dishes. This delicious Tortellini Pasta Salad has been one of my favorites since my first taste! It’s a recipe my sister has made for years and shared with me. It’s perfect anytime, especially in the summer when I love to serve it for simple meals and get-togethers. You can make it ahead or whip it together easily, and can serve as a main dish or a side dish. Tortellini Pasta Salad is definitely a scrumptious recipe to enjoy often!

Tortellini Pasta Salad Recipe

A little different from other pasta salads, such as Macaroni Salad, this recipe is made with cheesy tortellini for an even more filling salad! You can easily add shredded chicken if you want, but this makes a satisfying meatless meal for lunch or a light supper and is a delicious side dish too.

Cooked tortellini in glass bowl with chopped tomatoes, cucumbers and ripe black olives on white dish. Italian dressing in glass dispenser  // addapinch.com

How to Make Tortellini Pasta Salad

To make it, you’ll need the following:


  • Cheese tortellini – refrigerated
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Black olives
  • Feta cheese
  • Homemade Italian Dressing (or store-bought)
  • Fresh oregano for garnish – if desired
Glass bowl with chopped cucumber, sliced cherry tomatoes, and ripe black olives. Container of feta cheese, fresh oregano and glass dispenser with homemade Italian dressing on marble counter. // addapinch.com

Here’s how I make this delicious recipe:

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Cook the tortellini. Start by cooking the cheese tortellini pasta according to the package directions, making sure not to overcook.
  2. Prep the other ingredients. While the pasta is cooking, prep the rest of the ingredients to toss into the salad and set aside.
  3. Drain and rinse. When the tortellini is done, drain well, rinse with cold water, and transfer to a large bowl.
  4. Add other ingredients. Next, add the sliced cherry tomatoes, chopped cucumber, black olives, and feta cheese to the bowl with the drained tortellini.
  5. Pour on the dressing. Then give the Homemade Italian Dressing (or store-bought if you desire) a quick shake, and pour it on top of the salad ingredients.
  6. Mix. Then, mix all of the ingredients until they are well combined.
  7. Serve. Garnish with fresh chopped oregano, if desired, and serve. You can serve it immediately or chill it for a bit before serving. If serving chilled, wait to garnish with the fresh oregano just prior to serving.
Ingredients for Tortellini Pasta Salad -cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese and black olives - in glass bowl // addapinch.com

We use homemade Italian Dressing, but of course, you can use your favorite store-bought. But I hope you give the homemade dressing a try sometime. It takes about 5 minutes to make and takes this recipe to a whole new level!

Ingredients for Tortellini Pasta Salad combined well and being drizzled with homemade Italian Dressing from glass dispenser. // addapinch.com

A bowl of this is a favorite for lunch or a side dish served for a cookout. It’s a favorite dish I make often!

Make Ahead Instructions

This salad makes a great make-ahead dish! Prepare as directed in the instructions and then wrap well or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Serve cold.

Closeup of pasta salad // addapinch.com

More Favorite Pasta Salads

BLT Pasta Salad

Greek Chicken Pasta Salad

Pesto Caprese Pasta Salad

Here’s my sister’s Easy Tortellini Pasta Salad Recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do!

Easy Tortellini Pasta Salad Recipe

5 from 8 votes
Tortellini Pasta Salad Recipe – This easy Tortellini Pasta Salad recipe is a delicious favorite made with a homemade Italian dressing and on the table in under 30 minutes.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 2 pounds refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 medium cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 2 (6-ounce) jars black olives
  • 2 (8-ounce) Feta cheese
  • 1 cup Homemade Italian Dressing, or store-bought
  • chopped fresh oregano, for garnish if desired


  • Cook the tortellini pasta according to package instructions. Drain well and transfer to a large bowl. Add the tomatoes, cucumber, black olives, and feta cheese to the tortellini. Pour in the Italian dressing and stir until well-combined. Top with fresh oregano if desired. Serve immediately or cover with wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to five days.


Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 532mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 225IU | Vitamin C: 10.1mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 2.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Robyn xo

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From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published 2015.

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Recipe Review


  1. renee pearman says:


    1. Robyn Stone says:

      I love that everyone at the pot-luck loved this tortellini pasta salad and hope your family loves it, too. Thanks, Renee.

  2. Joan says:

    Wow this sounds so very, very yummy! Thank you for sharing the recipe. It’s so good to see a great pasta salad recipe, and one that’s not full of mayo! Your homemade Italian dressing sounds very good. Will be sure to try it soon.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      I hope you enjoy this tortellini pasta salad, Joan.

  3. Candace says:

    5 stars
    I’ve made this with rotini and Good Seasons Italian and it was really good. But, I’m going to try with the tortellini now. I think this will just make it that much better. Thank you for the upgrade to my pasta salad!

  4. Rosina Morrone-Reeves says:

    5 stars
    Thank you for this delicious recipe! I purchased tri-colour (Spinach & Sundried Tomato Tortellini along with the regular white) I had all three colours for the Italian flag and it was perfect for our big Italian Sunday family gathering! The flavours were wonderful together.

  5. Allyn Ritz says:

    5 stars
    We made this for a party last weekend and it was a hit. I do think that next time I’ll make the dressing rather than using botted. Great flavors! Thanks for the yummy recipe. I pin so many of your recipes!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Hi Allyn,
      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Yes, I always love the flavors in it more when I use homemade dressing as well. xo

  6. Sue says:

    5 stars
    This looks really good. will try and make it this weekend.. It is a long weekend over here in Australia.. Plus, though winter, it can be so beautiful during the days, that you sit outside. Even if we can’t, this would be ideal. Thank you for the recipe. Marked it 5 Stars as sounds, looks and seems to keep everyone satisfied type recipe…

  7. Patricia Mapley says:

    5 stars
    This tortellini salad looks amazing. I am not a fan of Feta Cheese~any ideas for a substitute?

    1. Pilar says:

      5 stars
      Mexican Queso Fresco or maybe Fresh Mozzarella? YUM!

  8. Peggy says:

    5 stars
    I could eat this everyday! Quick, tasty, healthy! Perfect for workday lunch 😉

  9. Debra Bartels says:

    This looks so yummy! Can’t wait to try it. What a great summer dish. Thank’s for sharing.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      I hope you enjoy it, Debra!

  10. Mary // chattavore says:

    5 stars
    This pasta salad looks fabulous! I used to hate pasta salad until a friend served me pasta salad made with cheese tortellini. It was great but I’m not sure it was as great as yours! I’ll be making this soon.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      It is so, so, so good! I hope you love it, too!