Easy tortellini Italian pasta salad

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Easy tortellini Italian pasta salad made with Italian dressing in 15 minutes! So full of flavor and a side dish the whole family will love! Perfect for any summer BBQ!

This Italian pasta salad is one of my favorite summer dishes to make. We love grilling chicken and serving it on the side. The leftovers also taste amazing the next day for lunch. The Italian dressing really marinates all the flavors. So yummy! It’s a great side dish to bring to a potluck as well and very filling. Not to mention it is SUPER easy to make. It will be done in 15 minutes or less. You all know I love easy meals, especially during the summer time.

This Italian pasta salad is similar to my favorite easy pasta salad, but it much more filling with the tortellini noodles and salami. I also love the addition of cucumbers. It adds the perfect crunch.

Easy tortellini Italian pasta salad made with Italian dressing in 15 minutes! So full of flavor and a side dish the whole family will love! Perfect for any summer BBQ!

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How to make pasta salad with Italian dressing

The first thing you’ll want to do is cook your pasta noodles. While the pasta is cooking I like to chop all my vegetables. Once the pasta is done, you’ll want to drain and run through cold water. Then toss everything in a large bowl with Italian dressing and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. So easy!

Chopped vegetables for an Italian pasta salad

If you’d like you can even top it with fresh parmesan cheese and chopped parsley to make it look extra nice. Easy tortellini Italian pasta salad made with Italian dressing in 15 minutes! So full of flavor and a side dish the whole family will love! Perfect for any summer BBQ!

Easy tortellini Italian pasta salad

Easy tortellini Italian pasta salad made with Italian dressing in 15 minutes! So full of flavor and a side dish the whole family will love! Perfect for any summer BBQ!

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound three cheese tortellini
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 3/4 cup sliced olives
  • 1/4 cup sliced or chopped red onion
  • 1 cup chopped salami or pepperoni (about 1/4 lb)
  • 1 1/4 cups Italian dressing (I like using the Olive Garden brand), more if needed
  • Shredded parmesan cheese, optional
  • Chopped parsley, optional

Directions:

Cook tortellini according to package directions. Drain and run through cool water, until cooled. Combine the tortellini, tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumber, olives, red onion and salami in a large bowl. Pour the dressing over the top and stir gently until evenly coated. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. I like to refrigerate about an hour before serving.

Top with shredded parmesan cheese and chopped parsley, before serving, if desired.

YUM! Now I am craving to Italian pasta salad and can’t wait to make it next week. It will definitely be on repeat all summer long! Thinking I need to plan a backyard BBQ soon. Love getting together with friends and family, enjoying delicious food and watching the kids run around like crazy. Anything to get their energy out, right? ;)

Easy tortellini Italian pasta salad made with Italian dressing in 15 minutes! So full of flavor and a side dish the whole family will love! Perfect for any summer BBQ!

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Easy tortellini Italian pasta salad made with Italian dressing in 15 minutes! So full of flavor and a side dish the whole family will love! Perfect for any summer BBQ!

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Michelle posted on June 14, 2017 at 12:38 pm (#
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    This tortellini pasta salad looks incredible! Definitely adding it to my summer menu!

    • Jamielyn posted on June 14, 2017 at 12:38 pm (#
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      It is always a big hit at BBQs and parties! Hope you enjoy! :)

  2. Corey posted on June 25, 2017 at 7:07 pm (#
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    How long can this last in the fridge?

    • Jamielyn posted on June 26, 2017 at 1:37 pm (#
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      It will last 5-7 days! :)