Pesto Tortellini Salad

overhead view pesto tortellini salad with sliced tomatoes and prosciutto

Side Dish | July 22, 2019 | By

Pesto Tortellini Salad ~ easy 5 ingredient cold salad made with cheese tortellini, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella tossed with bright, herby pesto. Perfect for parties; easy enough to make any night. For meatlovers, add prosciutto or soppressata!

For me, Memorial weekend kicks off the start of summer even though the calendar says otherwise. Barbecues, swimming and the beginning of a whole new menu that includes some cold salads I haven’t seen in months.

My 9 year old neighbor insists summer starts on the last day of school. Long days playing outside, watching for the ice cream truck and staying up a later at night. Who could argue with that?

For a foodie, the return of some favorite foods is like an old friend, especially this Pesto Tortellini Salad. Even though I haven’t seen it in months, we pick up right where we left off.

salad in black bowl with whole tomatoes in background and spoon alongside

If you need another reason to make this Pesto Tortellini Salad recipe, it contains just 5 ingredients and whips up in under 15 minutes. Bonus: no mayonnaise so you can take it anywhere ~ and everywhere ~ and the three cheese tortellini adds such great flavor to all sorts of salads!

What’s in this easy, 5 ingredient salad?

  1. 3 cheese tortellini (the fresh variety)
  2. pesto (homemade or store bought)
  3. Campari tomatoes
  4. fresh mozzarella
  5. fresh basil

Optional: grated parmesan and basil for garnish

ingredients for pesto tortellini salad

How do I make Pesto Tortellini Salad?

Bring a pot of water to a boil then add the tortellini and cook according to package directions.

Drain and cool the tortellini then add to a bowl. Gently fold in the pesto beginning with 1/4 cup then add the tomatoes and mozzarella. Taste and add more pesto if desired then garnish with fresh basil. Cover and refrigerate at least an hour before serving.

 

Help! I have a house full of meat eaters!

Bring it! Add some diced soppressata or prosciutto are both really delicious options!

close up pesto tortellini salad with prosciutto

What goes with this salad?

This Pesto Tortellini Salad goes with pretty much anything starting with Grilled Marinated Flank Steak or this spicy Honey Sriracha Chicken.

Enjoy!

pinterst pin showing tortellini salad in black bowl

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tortellini, sliced tomatoes and mozzarella balls tossed in pesto

Pesto Tortellini Salad

Pesto Tortellini Salad ~ easy 5 ingredient cold salad with cheese tortellini, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella tossed pesto. Perfect for parties; easy enough to make any night.
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CourseSide Dish
CuisineAmerican
Keywordpesto tortellini salad
Prep Time15 minutes
Servings4

Ingredients

  • 1 9 ounce package 3 cheese tortellini fresh variety
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup pesto homemade OR store bought
  • 4-5 Campari tomatoes Cherry or grape tomatoes may also be used (adjust amount)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella balls

Instructions

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil then add the tortellini and cook according to package directions.
  • Drain and cool the tortellini to room temp then add it to a medium size bowl.
  • Gently fold in the pesto beginning with 1/4 cup then add the tomatoes and mozzarella. Taste and add more pesto if desired then garnish with fresh basil. Cover and refrigerate at least an hour before serving.

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    JD - altamontefamily.com
    May 31, 2016

    I am in love with this Pesto Tortelleni Salad! I love pesto and tortellini and all of the ingredients you have in here! Might just have it for breakfast, too πŸ˜‰ Would love to feature this Friday for HUNGRY FRIDAY!!!! This looks really, REALLY, really good! Thanks for the inspiration, Bernie! Your posts are always making us HUNGRY!

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      Bernie
      June 1, 2016

      Oh wow ~ thank you ~ it’s one of my faves too. We could be starting a new breakfast fad πŸ™‚ I’m thrilled and honored to be featured on HUNGRY FRIDAY again ~ I’m always in great company there. Thank you SO MUCH! Have a good day!

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    Mary
    May 31, 2016

    This salad looks so darn good. Love the idea of whole wheat tortellini. Pinned. Thanks for another tasty recipe. Take care……have a good week.

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      Bernie
      June 1, 2016

      Hi Mary – I so appreciate your kind words. πŸ™‚ Thank YOU for following along and hopefully we’ll chat later in the week!

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      Bernie
      July 26, 2019

      Thanks Karly! It’s one of my favorite summer salads for a few reasons: quick and easy, so few ingredients and no mayo so it’s a good picnic option πŸ™‚

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