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Cheesy Tortellini Italian Pasta Salad

A crowd-pleasing Italian pasta salad recipe gets even more delicious with the addition of pillowy cheese tortellini. Easy to throw together, even better the next day!


  • 3/4 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 20 ounces refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 1 bell pepper any color, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cucumber sliced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella balls halved
  • 8 ounces salami sliced and chopped
  • 4 ounces black olives drained and sliced
  • fresh basil or parsley to garnish


  • Prep dressing, if making from scratch.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook tortellini according to package directions, removing from the water when it’s just a little shy of al dente. Drain and let cool for about 2 minutes.
  • While the pasta cooks, prep remaining ingredients: bell pepper, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, salami, and olives. Set aside.
  • When pasta is drained and has cooled slightly, pour about 1/4 cup dressing over it and toss to combine.
  • Add remaining ingredients and toss again. Refrigerate until ready to serve, then pour over additional dressing, toss, and eat!


  • You definitely want to try making your own Italian dressing if you never have! You'll be amazed how easy and delicious it is, and then you can keep the extra around for dressing up easy salads over the next couple weeks.
  • Optional Add-ins: chopped pepperoncinis, quartered artichoke hearts, pine nuts, sun-dried tomatoes. Really just take a look at your fridge/pantry and go wild!
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