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Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad Recipe (Vegetarian, Summer Side Dish)

This pesto tortellini pasta salad is a bright and fresh easy summer side dish- loaded with vegetables and a herby pesto sauce!  This is a great cold pasta salad to enjoy on a hot day or bring to a summer potluck. You can use any tortellini you have on hand,  and toss it with fresh veggies and a bright and fresh pesto sauce!

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This pesto tortellini pasta salad will bring the flavor to your next summer get-together!  This fresh pasta salad is loaded with healthy good-for-you ingredients, and is ready in about 30 minutes. This is a great side dish to bring along to a picnic, or just a nice dish to enjoy for lunch. I used store-bought tortellini which is fairly inexpensive and whipped up a fresh pesto dressing to toss it with.

This Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad Recipe Is:

  • Bright
  • Fresh
  • Loaded with Veggies
  • Herby
  • Simple
  • Great for entertaining
  • Vegetarian, and can easily be made vegan!

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A Great Make-Ahead Pesto Pasta Salad for Entertaining

This vegetarian pesto tortellini salad recipe is fantastic to make ahead of time for a party, potluck, or gathering. Making this recipe in advance allows you to skip any cooking or prep on the day-of. This is a great recipe to entertain with, or bring to an event. A crowd-pleaser that everyone is sure to love!

What’s In This Tortellini Pasta Salad with Pesto Dressing?

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30 Minute Side Dishes for Entertaining

This pesto tortellini is what I call an Easy Entertaining Recipe – which is on your table in about 30 minutes.  These quick and simple recipes are perfect for those last-minute potluck invites, or when you just want a healthy homecooked meal but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. I have a whole section of The Herbeevore dedicated to Easy Weeknight Meals, that are great for the whole family. From soups and stews, to pastas and proteins – a healthy meal can be on your table in no time.  Just as fast as grabbing a quick prepared side dish from the store (and way more impressive too)!

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How Do I Make Tortellini Salad with Pesto Dressing?

  1. Cook tortellini according to package instructions. Drain, rinse under cool water, and place in a large serving bowl to cool.
  2. Add the roasted red peppers, olives, spinach, and cherry tomatoes to the cooled tortellini.
  3. To make the dressing, add all the pesto dressing ingredients together in a blender or a food processor. And blend on high to combine until the pesto is smooth and creamy.  Add 1 additional tablespoon of olive oil if your pesto is too thick and needs to be thinned to a dressing consistency.
  4. Pour pesto dressing over the pasta salad, and toss well to combine.

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Dietary Modifications

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Other Healthy Vegetarian Pasta Salad Recipes You’ll Love!

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Tzatziki Pasta Salad (Gluten Free, Vegan, Summer Side Dish)

The Absolute BEST Greek Pasta Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free Options)

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Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad (Vegetarian)

Kelly Jensen
This pesto tortellini pasta salad is a bright and fresh easy summer side dish- loaded with vegetables and a herby pesto sauce!  This is a great cold pasta salad to enjoy on a hot day or bring to a summer potluck. You can use any tortellini you have on hand,  and toss it with fresh veggies and a bright and fresh pesto sauce!
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Pasta, Salad
Cuisine American, Greek, Italian, Mediterranean
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

For the Tortellini Salad

  • 1 12- ounce package tortellini
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives pitted
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 2 cups fresh spinach

For the Pesto Vinaigrette Dressing

  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon tellicherry pepper

Instructions
 

  • Cook tortellini according to package instructions. Drain, rinse under cool water, and place in a large serving bowl to cool.
  • Add the roasted red peppers, olives, spinach, and cherry tomatoes to the cooled tortellini.
  • To make the dressing, add all the pesto dressing ingredients together in a blender or a food processor. And blend on high to combine until the pesto is smooth and creamy.  Add 1 additional tablespoon of olive oil if your pesto is too thick and needs to be thinned to a dressing consistency.
  • Pour pesto dressing over the pasta salad, and toss well to combine.
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