Pesto Tortellini Salad

Pesto Tortellini Salad is the easiest pasta salad you’ll make! Throw this quick and delicious pasta salad together in minutes and wow your friends and family!

An overhead image of one side of a bowl of tortellini salad

Pesto Tortellini Salad

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Pasta Salad season is upon us and I’m here for it! Although, I also believe that it doesn’t have to be summer to enjoy a cold pasta salad. I’ll happily eat it all year around! And this one is crazy easy!

Tortellini pasta is a total upgrade to other traditional unstuffed pasta varieties. Cherry tomatoes add a fantastic sweetness. Bocconcini (baby fresh mozzarella balls) bring the perfect creaminess. Black olives and marinated artichoke hearts add a subtle brininess without being overbearing. And of course, your favorite jarred pesto sauce adds the best touch of summer, no matter what the season (this is a pesto pasta salad, after all!).

A bowl of pasta salad

Tips for making this tortellini pasta salad recipe

  • After you boil the tortellini, cool it completely. Either boil it in advance store in the refrigerator or after draining, plunge it into an ice water bath to quickly cool and then drain again.
  • I like to keep some extra pesto on hand in case the tortellini absorbs too much of it and the salad dries out (which can happen with any pasta salad recipes. I prefer to slice the olives, cut the bocconcini balls, quartered artichoke hearts and the tomatoes in half. But if you’re in a rush, you can leave them whole.
  • This is best served cold. I like to chill before serving but you don’t have to.

A close up image of the tortellini in this salad

Frequently ask questions about making this easy pasta salad

  • How long does tortellini salad last? 4-5 days covered in the refrigerator.
  • Can I make tortellini salad ahead of time? Yes, just make sure you have some extra pesto on hand in case it absorbs the pesto and you need more.
  • What if I can’t find bocconcini? You can always get regular-size ball or two of fresh mozzarella and cut it into bite-size pieces.
  • Can I use homemade pesto? Yes- that’s exactly why I measured it in cups instead of by jars.

An overhead photo of a bowl of cold pasta salad

Make it a meal!

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A spoonful of this pasta salad recipe

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Pesto Tortellini Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Resting time
1 hr
Total Time
20 mins

Pesto Tortellini Salad is the easiest pasta salad you'll make! Throw this quick and delicious pasta salad together in minutes and wow your friends and family!

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: tortellini salad
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Jessy Freimann, The Life Jolie
  • 20 ounces tortellini pasta, boiled as per package directions and cooled completely
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 14 ounce can black olives, sliced
  • 1 14 ounce can quartered marinated artichoke hearts, halved
  • 1 8 ounce container bocconcini (or regular fresh mozzarella cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups pesto sauce + a little extra in case the salad dries out
  1. Toss all ingredients until well combined.

  2. Refrigerate until serving (at least an hour).

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