Tortellini salad with pepperoni makes a delicious, filling pasta salad. Great for hot summer days or cozy winter nights. It’s a Good side dish or stand alone light meal. Lots of powerful Italian Flavor! This salad is Food Safe for an outdoor party table. Great grill side or stand alone light meal. Take it anywhere!
Fresh tortellini pasta filled with cheese makes a delicious salad base! In summer, when temperatures climb, I am a serious salad freak. Pasta salad is one of my favorite light meals! I eat it all day! In the winter, Tortellini salad is a welcome comfort food! Salads like this one often reside in my fridge. A filling, heavy, cheesy pasta salad seasoned with rich Italian flavor.I appreciate grabbing a bowl for a quick snack!
When it comes to cooking, I love to change things up. Especially in the soups and salads. Pasta salad is one of my favorite playgrounds. I love it and don’t want it to get boring. So I hardly ever recreate it exactly. This recipe, as written is excellent. But do feel free to make it your own. Love spicy? Hot peppers! Hate it? Make those peppers sweet! This is popular potluck dish. I usually tone the heat for a large crowd. The cheesy Italian pasta with pepperoni make this antipasto salad perfect for a party!
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Recipe Notes on Tortellini Salad with Pepperoni:
The combination of ingredients in this salad is flavorful! Adding sun dried tomatoes in the winter salad version brings up the Italian presence! I add my own Sun dried tomatoes, and use our fresh tomatoes from our greenhouse. In late summer, our peppers grace this salad. Today I added Pepperoncini peppers for a bit of zing.
You need refrigerated, fresh, five cheese tortellini. Don’t use dried cheese tortellini pasta found in the noodle section of your grocery. It cooks up a chalky cheese filling and tough noodles! I recommend getting refrigerated, fresh five cheese tortellini for the best flavor and texture.
Versatile best describes this salad. I have made several versions of this yummy salad over the years. Other than the base ingredients, let your cupboard and tastebuds be your guide. I added a list of suggestions in the recipe. There are no hard and fast rules. It’s salad! Play!
To make this salad:
- Boil and drain the five cheese tortellini (not an affiliate link). You could rinse the noodles to cool them faster, but drain them after, really well!
- Toss the drained pasta with a bit of olive oil and Italian seasoning to prevent them sticking to themselves while cooling.
- Pour the cooked, drained pasta in a large bowl and add the remaining ingredients, except the dressing. Stir until combined.
- Make the dressing per instructions; or use store bought like I did today!
- Pour the dressing and Italian seasonings over the salad.
- Chill until serving; about two hours to meld the flavors.
OR…use bottled organic Italian salad dressing.
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