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

  • 2 9 ounce packages cheese tortellini Buitoni brand used
  • 1/2 cup pepperoni halved
  • 1 cup sliced mini bell peppers or 1 whole large pepper chopped
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes halved
  • 8 ounces provolone cheese chopped
  • 8 ounces salami chopped
  • 6 ounce can sliced black olives drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup banana peppers rough chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil sliced into ribbons
  • 1 cup Italian dressing homemade (see BELOW) or your favorite bottled
  • Sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste

BEST Salad Dressing

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning (dry)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano (dried)

Instructions

  • Whisk the dressing ingredients together. Transfer to a small jar or container with a lid and refrigerate.
  • Cook the tortellini according to package directions.
  • In a large bowl combine all ingredients (except salt and pepper) then fold in 1/2 cup of the Italian dressing. Season with salt and pepper as you like.┬áToss with the remaining dressing just before serving.
  • Refrigerate 2-4 hours or overnight for best flavor.
  • Drizzle additional dressing just before serving.