Deb’s Tortellini Salad

Written by Deb Ng - June 18, 2013 4 Comments

Everyone has a few tried and true favorite BBQ dishes they cook up for a party or bring to share. My tortellini salad is one of my Barbecue staples.

Before I share the recipe, I want to discuss pasta salad fails. These are, in my opinion, common pasta salad mistakes:

So, keeping this in mind, let’s move along to the recipe. Note that I don’t have amounts listed – that’s because it’s a matter of preference. Some folks like more veg and less tortellini and some want subtlety. In any event, it’s in the eye of the beholder.


Deb's Tortellini Salad
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A great change up on the pasta salad.
Recipe type: Pasta Salad
Cuisine: American
  • Tortellini - For this one I used a mushroom tortellini which added a whole other level of yumminess.
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Avocado - Cubed
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Black Olives
  • Chopped garlic
  • Mozzarella - If you didn't splurge for the premium mozzarella, then you may as well just use Velveeta. Fresh, homemade is the best.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  1. Cook pasta and toss with EVOO so it doesn't stick together. Add the rest of the good stuff and salt and pepper to taste. Chill, baby, chill.
The pasta may absorb the oil before serving time, so you may want to add a bit more and give it a toss just before serving.

Will you be trying this recipe? Tell us what you think – especially let us know what kind of modifications you made.


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4 Outstanding Responses to "Deb’s Tortellini Salad"

    Fiona on July 4, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    I love tortellini and, as you mention, the different fillings can add a completely different dimension to the same recipe.

    Rosemary on July 5, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I totally agree with your thoughts on pasta salad. I found a very helpful article from Pam Anderson in USA Today about taking pasta salads out of the ordinary every day. I wrote them up in this post on my blog —

    I hope you’ll visit!

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