Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad

Quick and easy Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad with zesty Greek lemon dressing, fresh veggies, and hearty tortellini pasta will be your go-to potluck and dinner side dish!

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For technical, boring, logistics purposes, I’m filing this recipe under side dishes but I’m not gonna lie, I’d eat this salad as a main dish any day of the week, any week of the year.

I love it straight-up and totally meatless BUT it’s so easy to grill some chicken and add it to this salad if you wanna feel like you’re diving into a true entree salad. Or if you have a husband like mine who requires meat at every meal, because if it doesn’t have beef or chicken in it can it really be called dinner…? Our answers to that question are conflicting but I love him anyway. Die-hard carnivore that he is and all.

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The flavors are out. of. this. world. The combination of all the vegetables along with the tortellini pasta and THAT DRESSING…

Seriously though. The dressing. A little sweet, and little savory, a little tangy from that vinegar and fresh squeezed lemon juice, plus the herbs and the secret ingredient: dijon mustard. Just a tablespoon of dijon mustard kicks this dressing up to a whole other level of YUM.

You can easily swap in or out any of your favorite vegetables here. Don’t be afraid to trade the artichokes for roasted red peppers, or add extra feta cheese – you can never have too much feta am I right??

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This salad is honestly so darn easy to whip up in just fifteen minutes – and that’s including all of your veggie chopping and boiling the pasta if you opt for dried tortellini. This quick and simple Greek tortellini pasta salad will become your favorite summer potluck dish this Summer, and your go-to for busy weeknights all year long.

I’m not guaranteeing fame or anything here, but don’t be surprised when every single person who tastes this salad comes begging for the recipe!

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Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad
 
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Quick and easy Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad with zesty Greek lemon dressing, fresh veggies, and hearty tortellini pasta will be your go-to potluck side dish.
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Recipe type: Side Dish / Salad
Cuisine: Greek / Mediterranean
Serves: 8-12
Ingredients
  • 1 pound cheese tortellini pasta (either fresh, or dried - cooked according to package's instructions)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • ½ cup canned artichoke hearts, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup kalamata olives (whole or sliced)
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese (I use reduced fat)
  • ⅓ cup packed fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
Greek Dressing
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • juice of ½ lemon
Instructions
  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a jar, cover and shake well.
  2. In a large bowl combine tortellini, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, artichoke hearts, olives, feta cheese, and basil. Pour dressing over the top, then toss to combine.
  3. Serve immediately OR cover and refrigerate up to 6 hours before serving.

 

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hey girl- this looks amazing!

    WAs wondering if red wine vinegar works or is the apple cider vinegar better for this recipe?
    Linda

      Hi Linda,
      I made mine with red wine vinegar and it tasted good.

    Just made it Its great.

Can’t wait to try this.. Looks yummy!

Hi! Is nutritional information available?

    Hi Lauren! I don’t have the nutritional info on hand for this recipe, but MyFitnessPal has an awesome tool that calculates all that out for you! Here’s the link: https://www.myfitnesspal.com/recipe/box. It’s free and all you do it copy and paste the recipe URL into the Recipe Importer and it will tell you everything you need to know! 🙂

      Wow! Good to know! Thank you!

Your blog says fresh sq. lemon juice – but the printed recipe doesn’t mention it – I’m guessing we can sub the lemon juice for the ACV..??? This sounds W O N D E R F U L….THANKS!!

OOOPPPPS – just read recipe MORE CAREFULLY & saw the lemon juice….NEVERMIND!!!

Looks yummy but I am not able to print it….. any suggestions?

    Hi Karen! I’m sorry you are unable to print. I just tried printing using the print button underneath the image in the recipe section and it worked. Hopefully it will work for you!

    Open in Safari where you can print from Ipad, possibly other devices.

Great I am adding gallo salami and pepperoni and yes extra feta thanks, yum

I just made this to have with burgers for dinner tonight. It smells delicious and I can’t wait for dinner!

How long after eating this can it stay refrigerated???

    It should keep for 3-5 days. 🙂

So yummy! If it’s for a crowd of 11 people, would it be best to double the recipe?

    I don’t think you need to double this recipe for 11 people, but you definitely can if you want to be safe!

Soo easy and healthy, thank you so much!

Sounds like a great summer time meal! I think I’m going to add avocados. A few crunchy breadsticks on the side, melon for dessert, and I’ll be good to go! Thanks!

What is the serving size for 8/10?

    About 1 cup per serving 🙂

5/29/2017; Made this today to have with burgers. I also put in some Monterey Jack cheese along with the Feta AND ham chunks and the mini pepperoni slices. Tried a bowl when I was done and I loved it!!! Nice recipe but was a little pricey to make but would make again.

So easy that I made it in the break room at my office. Even cooked the tortellini in the microwave. Held off on the total amount of onions in order to convince my family to try it. Loved this!

I’m a little confused about the pasta. If I’m using the fresh, am I supposed to cook it or not? Thanks!

    Hi Lisa! Fresh tortellini does not need to be cooked. Just thawed if frozen. Enjoy! 🙂

The dressing is amazing!!! I made this last night so the flavors could meld overnight. I couldn’t resist a small bowl for breakfast this morning!

Tiffany,
Thank for such a great recipe. I saw the video on Facebook, I made it last night and it was awesome. I brought some to work today and my co-worker loved it. Quote: ” I have to have this in my life”.

Hi Tiffany – Well, now I am confused. Someone asked whether to cook the tortellini and you said it was not necessary if it was fresh. I am going to make this for my Bunko group next week, but did a trial run this past week. I was using the Buitoni brand three cheese tortellini which is in the dairy section and kept cold. I cooked it and of course it got much larger and was kind of chewy. After looking at the picture the tortellini looks much smaller. I am assuming I should not have cooked the tortellini? Your advice would be greatly appreciated as I don’t want to ruin this salad. Thanks.

    Hi Sonja! I prefer using dried tortellini, so I recommend using that for best results. If you want to use the fresh tortellini (the refrigerated Buitoni brand) I would cook it al dente and allow it to cool completely to room temp, or not cook it at all and just allow the tortellini to come to room temperature. Hope this helps! 🙂

Wow, how unusual, I’ll definitely try.
It’s not ordinary Greek, it’s something more.

I have made this. It is delicious! I also used less Apple Cider Vinegar 2Tablespoons used), as I don’t care for a sour dressing.

Any idea how many calories are in a serving?

    I don’t have the nutritional info on hand for this recipe, but MyFitnessPal has an awesome tool that calculates all that out for you! Here’s the link: https://www.myfitnesspal.com/recipe/box. It’s free and all you do it copy and paste the recipe URL into the Recipe Importer and it will tell you everything you need to know! 🙂

Made this for Fathers Day and everyone loved it! Followed the recipe to a T and it was delicious! Took longer than 15 minutes through with all the chopping and measuring everything for the dressing. I used frozen tortellini and cooked it according to the package (boil 3-5 minutes). I also added sliced pepperoncini for a little kick. Like others said, I only used like half the dressing. I’ll definitely make this again!

I made this fabulous salad exactly by the recipe! Out of this world delicious❣️ Thank you!

I am gonna Make this tonight for a potluck tomorrow….will it sit ok overnight?? Also I bought the 3 cheese tortellini in the cold section….so I don’t cook it??

    Hi Jennifer! This will be perfectly fine to sit in the fridge overnight. For the refrigerated tortellini, it is best to either cook it al dente and allow to cool completely or to not cook it at all and allow it to come to room temp. 🙂

This sure looks good and I hope it is as I spent close to $25.00 in ingredients!!!

I made this tonight – huge hit – I couldn’t get Calamatta olives so I just used small black olives, also substituted the Feta with Goat cheese – and added fresh lime juice to the dressing (not a fan of lemons) – it was a hit with all that had it – this recipe is definitely a keeper!!

Used Trader Joe’s Pesto Torteillini and Trader Joes grilled marinated artichokes and subbed some of the oil from the jar to use in the dressing. Terrific!

I made this pasta dish for a party over the weekend and it was so delicious! I love the crunchiness of the cucumbers and onions. I will definitely make this dish again. Thank you for sharing your recipes with us.

This was really yummy! Being lactose intolerant I had to use regular penne pasta, but the result was still very good! Better than the mixes you can buy in the store. This will be my go to pasta salad from now on!

    Thank you Hania! I love hearing that you’d rather have this recipe than a storebought version! 🙂

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I have made this twice now. I am so happy with the results. This would work great for a summer potluck. Great recipe and terrific ingredients. Thank you so much sharing, this will be one of my ‘regulars’ for a long time.

I made this for a cookout and it was a big hit.

What kind of apple cider vinegar do you use?

Amazing dressing is great. Bump it add more olives.

I made this for tonight only I added avocado instead of cucumber. It was really good

Im going to make this for dinner

Hi girl friend,I made my dressing with coconut oil,and I added 1/2 a teaspoon of hot flake pepper to the dressing.and the was explosive,thank u, Mike.

    Sounds delicious!

Making this for the first time for this weekend!
Can’t wait to taste! Thanks for sharing!

    I hope that you love it! Definitely let me know!

I will be eating this all summer long. Thank you for this amazing recipe.

    That sounds like a great summer if you ask me! I am happy that you love this recipe so much!! Thanks, Terri!

I would like to add A PROTEIN TO THIS SALAD, ANY SUGGESTIONS?

    I’ve served this with chicken before…give that a shot! Hope you love it!

best Summer Salat ever 🤩

    Thank you!! 🙂

Has anyone tried this recipe with a meat filled tortellini? If so, did it still taste good?

I used Renes creamy greek dressing. Added dijon crushed garlic and lemon juice. It was delicious

    Awesome! Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing, Sue! 🙂

Made this a few days ago for something easy to take to work and it was great! The only thing I changed was using spinach and feta tortellini instead of just cheese. Great recipe, with easy to follow instructions. I’ve already shared this recipe with several people. Definitely a keeper!

    Crystal- so happy that you loved this recipe! Using spinach and feta tortellini sounds like a great idea- I bet that was super delicious! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

Also using some asparagus in it this evening for dinner. sounds great?

    I am a huge asparagus fan- definitely let me know how it turns out!

      Wonderfully! Steamed it, but not for too long. Iced it down afterwards. Added it to everything else. The best darn pasta salad that has ever been in my mouth!!!

This was amazing! I made it exactly as is and my hubby and i love it! Thank you!

    Hi Jan- So happy to hear it was a hit! Don’t you love husband approved?! 😉

Im guEssing it is to be seRved c