Tortellini Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Cold Tortellini Salad with Basil Vinaigrette RecipeThis chunky Tortellini Salad with Basil Vinaigrette is a marvelous make-ahead for picnics and potlucks!

Tortellini Salad with Basil Vinaigrette Recipe
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A good pasta salad is a summer staple.

You know you’ve got an amazing pasta salad recipe, when people ask for it.

For instance, when your family begs you to make it over and over. Or when your friends either ask for the recipe, or invite you to the next party with strict instructions to bring “that pasta thing.”

Making Tortellini Salad with Basil Vinaigrette Recipe

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This is the sort of pasta dish that gets passed through families for generations. It is a springboard for nostalgic recollections of grandma’s Sunday dinner and church potlucks.

Don’t have that kind of pasta salad in your kitchen arsenal? I can help!

How To: Tortellini Salad with Basil Vinaigrette Recipe

Over the years I’ve shared several pasta salad recipes inspired by my family (links below) but there is always room for more.

Today’s Tortellini Salad with Basil Vinaigrette is a light and simple salad with tons of contrasting textures. You’ve got soft silky cheese-filled pasta mixed with crisp broccoli, and sweet juicy cherry tomatoes and roasted peppers.

How to Make Tortellini Salad with Basil Vinaigrette Recipe

The dressing is made with fresh basil leaves, pureed into a fine tangy-sweet vinaigrette.

Scallions and feta cheese offer a final punch of flavor that bring the entire dish together.

Perfect Tortellini Salad with Basil Vinaigrette Recipe

Although this Tortellini Salad with Basil Vinaigrette has a few Greek ingredients and a few Italian ingredients, it doesn’t come across as a global dish.

Instead the flavors mingle together into pure “melting pot” summertime comfort food.

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You can make Tortellini Salad with Basil Vinaigrette up to a week before serving. I like to make it at the beginning of a week, and use it for lunches, several days in a row.

Sometimes I even place it in jars to take on the go, and pack fresh spinach leaves on top to add a little extra veggie goodness.

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Tortellini Salad with Basil Vinaigrette Recipe
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Tortellini Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Tortellini Salad with Basil Vinaigrette Recipe - This cold pasta salad, kissed with fresh basil dressing and feta cheese, is a fabulous make-ahead for picnics and potlucks.
Servings: 12 Servings
Nutrition Facts
Tortellini Salad with Basil Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 269 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 356mg 15%
Potassium 173mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 13.7%
Vitamin C 54.7%
Calcium 11.7%
Iron 12.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Ingredients

  • 20 ounce refrigerated cheese or spinach tortellini
  • 3 cups small broccoli florets
  • 1 pint mixed grape and/or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3/4 cup jarred piquillo peppers, chopped (or roasted red peppers)
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Set a large pot of salted water on the stove top. Bring to a boil. Stir in the tortellini and cook just under the set package instruction timeframe, about 5-6 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water. Then toss with 1 teaspoon of olive oil so they don't stick together.
  2. Place the basil leaves, remaining olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt to the blender. Cover and puree until smooth.
  3. Pour the tortellini, broccoli florets, tomato halves, chopped peppers, and scallions into a large salad bowl. Drizzle the dressing over the top and toss to coat. Then gently mix in the feta cheese. Taste, then salt and pepper as needed.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: This salad can be made and refrigerated up to one week in advance.

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3 comments on “Tortellini Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

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  3. Adi Hartmanposted July 30, 2018 at 6:28 pm Reply

    Just made this for dinner tonight and it was a big hit. Definitely going in the keeper file!