Italian Pasta Salad

Italian Pasta Salad ~ favorite smoked meats from an Italian sub, plus garden fresh vegetables and cheese tortellini, lightly dressed in Italian dressing.

Side Dish | August 10, 2016 | By

Italian Pasta Salad ~ cheese stuffed tortellini, smoked Italian meats and garden fresh vegetables all lightly dressed ~an upgrade to a classic pasta salad.

Hopefully you’re still ready for a few more summer meals ~ it is, after only mid-August. Part of me still wants to eat barbecue, cold salads and appetizers like I’m training for the Olympics ~ it is an Olympic sport, right? Another part of me is thinking ahead to mashed potatoes with rich, savory gravy and casseroles blended with melted cheese ~ comfort food.

But in the meantime, let’s take a few more dips in the lake, toast another s’more or three, stay out after the streetlights come on and make some Italian Pasta Salad.

It’s all my favorite smoked meats from an Italian sub, plus garden fresh vegetables and cheese stuffed tortellini, lightly dressed in Italian dressing. It’s a salad that acts like a meal that acts like a side dish that acts like a. . .

Italian Pasta Salad ~ favorite smoked meats from an Italian sub, plus garden fresh vegetables and cheese tortellini, lightly dressed in Italian dressing.

Okay so maybe Italian Pasta Salad is a salad with an identity crisis, but don’t hold that against it because it’s so darn good you need ~ a must at your next gathering. It has all the flavors of an Italian sub but in pasta salad form so no bread. Don’t let summer pass with all its farm stands, vine-ripped tomatoes and barbecues without trying this one.

Last weekend we hosted about 25 for a family gathering when my brother-in-law and sister-in-law were in town from Florida. Last year when they came north, our temps were in the 70’s. My sister-in-law practically needed her long-johns. This year it was in the 90’s which meant I was melting while she basked in the warmth.

Italian Pasta Salad ~ favorite smoked meats from an Italian sub, plus garden fresh vegetables and cheese tortellini, lightly dressed in Italian dressing.

Many of the ingredients come from the deli counter and produce section of the grocery store. You may even have some items already on hand.  

Italian Pasta Salad Ingredients:

  • 9 ounce package of tortellini 
  • 1/4 cup of mini pepperonis
  • 1/2 cup of sliced mini bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup of grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup of provolone cheese
  • 1/4 cup of salami cut in bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 cup of black olives
  • 1/4 cup of very thinly sliced red onion
  • 3 – tablespoons of banana peppers, rough chopped
  • 1/4 cup of fresh basil, sliced into ribbons 
  • Italian dressing – whatever kind is your favorite!
  • Sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper, to taste

Italian Pasta Salad ~ favorite smoked meats from an Italian sub, plus garden fresh vegetables and cheese tortellini, lightly dressed in Italian dressing.

The amount of dressing depends on preference, but start with less; you can always add more, even just before serving drizzled on top of the salad or extra on the side. 

Instructions: 

Cook the tortellini according to package directions then drain and rinse in cold water. In a large bowl, combine the tortellini, pepperoni, bell peppers, tomatoes, cheese, salami, olives, onion and banana peppers. Fold in the Italian dressing, starting with 1/4 cup, adding more as you like. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate several hours or for the best flavor, overnight. More dressing can be drizzled on top just before serving. 

Italian Pasta Salad is a great go-with for grilled hot dogs or burgers

Enjoy!

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Italian Pasta Salad ~ favorite smoked meats from an Italian sub, plus garden fresh vegetables and cheese tortellini, lightly dressed in Italian dressing.
Italian Pasta Salad

Cheese stuffed tortellini blended with smoked meats and veggies, dressed in Italian dressing. 

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: italian pasta salad, italian tortellini salad, pasta salad
Servings: 6
Ingredients
  • 9 ounce package cheese tortellini Buitoni brand used
  • 1/4 cup mini pepperoni
  • 1/2 cup sliced mini bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 cup provolone cheese
  • 1/4 cup salami cut in bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 cup black olives
  • 1/4 cup very thinly sliced red onion
  • 3 tablespoons banana peppers rough chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil sliced into ribbons
  • Italian dressing – whatever kind is your favorite!
  • Sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook the tortellini according to package directions.
  2. In a large bowl combine all ingredients (except salt and pepper) then fold in the Italian dressing starting with 1/4 cup, adding to taste. Season with salt and pepper as you like. 

  3. Refrigerate 2-4 hours or overnight for best flavor.
  4. Additional dressing may be drizzled on top just before serving.

  1. Mary
    August 11, 2016

    What a gorgeous salad…fresh summer tomatoes! This is a great recipe to keep in the frigde for a quick and easy lunch. YUM! Pinned. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!

    • Bernie
      August 11, 2016

      Hi Mary! Thank you! This salad would definitely make an easy lunch, especially on a warm day. Hope it’s a good weekend on your end and let’s chat again soon.