This Tortellini Salad is packed with Mediterranean flavors and tossed in an Italian dressing.

Tender pillows of tortellini, veggies, salami, and artichokes are not only delicious but also colorful and creamy! This recipe keeps well so it can be made ahead of time for potlucks or lunches!

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Why We Love This Tortellini Salad

  • We love the bright colors and brighter flavors in this recipe!
  • This tortellini salad is hearty enough to be the main dish for any meal.
  • It’s a great make-ahead party dish or perfect for lunches all week long.
  • Did we mention there are only 3 steps to make it?

ingredients to make an Italian Tortellini Salad


PASTA Cheese or spinach tortellini is great in this recipe. Tricolor tortellini adds a pretty punch of color.

VEGGIES Crunchy veggies like onions, red & green peppers, & cherry tomatoes add colorful & healthy crunch! Add your own favorites too.

BOLD FLAVORS We love salami but you can use pastrami, prosciutto, ham, or pepperoni for a salty flavor. Artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, and olives are other favorite additions!

CHEESE Since we use cheese filled tortellini, we only add a sprinkle of parmesan for flavor.

DRESSING Keep it quick with pre-made Italian dressing or make your own Homemade Italian Dressing.

top view of ingredients in a bowl to make Italian Tortellini Salad


One of the best things about tortellini salad is the ingredients can be mixed and matched for whatever you have on hand!

  • Leftover veggies like broccoli or green beans
  • Up the protein with leftover shredded chicken or even grilled shrimp.
  • Add some olives, artichoke hearts, and sliced pepperoncini.
  • Add some Roasted Tomatoes and feta cheese crumbles for a whole new twist!

How to Make Italian Tortellini Salad

  1. Cook & drain tortellini. Rinse with cold water to stop the cooking.
  2. Combine with remaining ingredients according to the recipe below.
  3. Cover & chill before serving.

Dressing Tip

As with most pasta salad recipes, the pasta will soak up some of the dressing as it sits. Cook the pasta firm and dress it very generously. If it is underdressed, it can seem dry.

pouring dressing over top ingredients to make Italian Tortellini Salad


Italian tortellini salad will last 4 to 5 days in the refrigerator in a covered container. Simply stir and serve!

It’s not recommended to freeze tortellini salad.

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Italian Tortellini Salad

Bright, flavorful, & full of fresh veggies, this Italian Tortellini Salad is the perfect dish for a potluck or backyard BBQ!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8


  • 16 ounces cheese tortellini
  • 1 cup Italian dressing homemade or store-bought
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • ¾ cup salami diced
  • cup red onion diced
  • ½ red pepper diced
  • ½ green pepper diced
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1 tablespoon parsley


  • Bring a medium pot of water to a boil and cook tortellini according to package directions.
  • Cool completely by running under cold water.
  • Combine all ingredients and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.


Optional additions:
  • 1 cup marinated artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1/2 cup pitted olives
  • 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes
Any color bell pepper will work in this recipe.  If the onion is really strong, soak it in cold water while you prepare the other ingredients.
Do not overcook pasta. To save time, start the pasta and chop the other ingredients while the pasta is cooking.
The pasta will soak up dressing as it chills, be sure to dress generously.
4.99 from 92 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 304 | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 800mg | Potassium: 145mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 414IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Pasta, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
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  1. Big hit with my 4th of July crowd.
    Homemade salad dressing made all the difference. Many requests for the recipe. Thank you !4 stars

  2. Used cheese tortellini. Delicious with salami but just as good without. Used any kind of Italian shredded cheese. Added sliced olives. Used Ken’s House Italian dressing. Delicious and easy. June, 2023.5 stars

  3. Hit with the entire family. And that includes 4 picky kids! Bookmarked your website and will deep dive, thank you!!!5 stars

  4. So very yummy! Huge hit at the neighborhood bbq. So many ways to make your own creative variation and super easy with such a wow result!!5 stars

  5. My husband and I are retired and spend a lot of time in our RV so I am always looking for easy to put together recipes. This was a HIT!! My husband had two bowls and kept commenting on how delicious it was. Couldn’t find the usual refrigerated cheese tortellini I buy, so used the frozen instead. Came out great! Added black olives and used bottled Wishbone Italian dressing. Will be a good addition to a potluck get together. Thanks for sharing! Will be making your Dorito casserole next :)5 stars

  6. Made this for my husband and my dad and they both absolutely raved about it! Definitely adding this to the regular rotation. And so easy to make!5 stars

  7. I made this recipe as written. I added black olives to it.
    Terrific combination of tastes and textures. It even tastes great without dressing.5 stars

  8. LOVE LOVE this. I made this this morning and OHHH my it is delicious. I added some pepperonis to mine. This is for sure a side dish where i go5 stars