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Bowl of tortellini pasta salad with fresh veggies

Mediterranean Tortellini Pasta Salad Recipe


This Mediterranean tortellini pasta salad recipe has everything we love in a pasta salad – chewy pasta, homemade vinaigrette, crunch and color, and loads of flavorful and salty bites.


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For the dressing:

  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (or use citrus zester!)
  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper

For the pasta salad:

  • 20 oz. refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 1 cup sliced English cucumber (about half cucumber, sliced into half moons)
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes (sliced in half)
  • 8 oz. fresh mozzarella pearls
  • 4 oz. thick cut salami (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives (sliced in half)
  • 1/2 cup pepperoncini (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil ribbons


  1. In a large bowl, combine lemon zest, red wine vinegar, olive oil, vegetable oil, grated garlic, dijon mustard, and salt and pepper. Whisk until emulsified.
  2. Cook tortellini according to package instructions in salted water. Rinse with cold water and add to bowl with dressing. Toss with dressing.
  3. Prepare ingredients:
    Thinly slice cucumber.
    Slice tomatoes in half.
    Slice olives in half.
    Roughly chop pepperoncini if necessary.
    Thinly slice basil.
  4. Add cucumber, tomatoes, mozzarella, salami, olives, and pepperoncini in a large bowl. Gently toss together.
  5. Garnish with sliced basil.

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