Antipasto Tortellini Pasta Salad with Basil Pesto Vinaigrette

Your summer barbecue needs this Antipasto Tortellini Pasta Salad! Simple to throw together, cheese-filled tortellinis are mixed with ham, salami, tomatoes, bell peppers, black olives, fresh mozzarella and parmesan cheese and drizzled with a simple basil pesto vinaigrette! Serves a crowd in under an hour.

My daughter has a J-O-B! How are we at this stage in life? When I first started blogging, she was 9 years old. NINE! Now Haileigh drives and is bagging groceries at my favorite market and butcher shop.

Of course she’s already a pro. 😉 I’d like to think it’s because she’s been in training, helping me bag my groceries since she was tall enough to see over the counter. But she likes the job so far and the people she works with. And I’m itching to go up there and take a photo of her in action. Proud mom moment! But I won’t because how embarrassing. I think bagging groceries is a great first job. But this also means after work she can pick me up bacon or a tomato or whatever ingredient I forgot earlier in the week and need for dinner. I’m so excited about this.

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Speaking of excited. This antipasto tortellini pasta salad is a recipe to get excited about. Cheese filled tortellini tossed with fresh tomatoes and peppers, black olives, diced Genoa salami and ham, mozzarella and parmesan cheese. But the real, real exciting part is that this pasta salad is tossed in a 3 ingredient, basil pesto vinaigrette.

Simple with a side of easy.

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Here’s what you’ll need; cheese filled tortellini, Genoa salami, ham, tomatoes, bell pepper, olives, fresh mozzarella, crumbled parmesan cheese and basil pesto vinaigrette.

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Depending on the brand you prefer, you’ll need 16 to 18 ounces. The brand I’m using only comes in 9 ounce packages – or at least my store only carries that size. So I use two.  Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the tortellini according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Drain again well before adding the pasta to a large mixing bowl.

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Add in 1 cup (about 1/4 pound) diced ham and Genoa salami, 1/2 cup diced bell pepper (I used a trip of colors, but any pepper will do), 1 cup or so of cherry tomato halves and 1/2 cup of sliced black olives. Add in 8 ounces of mozzarella pearls or dice up an 8 ounce ball.

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For the dressing, you will need basil pesto -either homemade or store-bought, white wine vinegar and olive oil.

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In a small bowl or glass jar, measure out and add in 1/2 cup basil pesto, 3 tablespoon white wine vinegar and 2 tablespoons olive oil.

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Then simply stir or shake to combine.

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Drizzle half of the basil pesto vinaigrette (more or less to preference) over top to coat. Season with lots of freshly ground black pepper and 1/4 cup of freshly crumbled Parmesan cheese. Toss together, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Serve with more dressing and cheese and devour!! Using tortellini is a fun alternative to traditional pasta and the dressing in this salad is SO good! I made this antipasto tortellini pasta salad and ate it with grilled chicken and asparagus, but it’s also great for potlucks or parties!

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Enjoy! And if you give this Antipasto Tortellini Pasta Salad recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Antipasto Tortellini Pasta Salad with Basil Pesto Vinaigrette

Your summer barbecue needs this Antipasto Tortellini Pasta Salad! Simple to throw together, cheese-filled tortellinis are mixed with ham, salami, tomatoes, bell peppers, black olives, fresh mozzarella and parmesan cheese and drizzled with a simple basil pesto vinaigrette! Serves a crowd in under an hour.

Yield: 6+

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 4 minutes (for pasta)

Total Time: about 25 minutes

Ingredients:

16 to 18 ounces fresh cheese filled tortellini

sea salt

1/4 pound Genoa salami, diced small (or about 1 cup)

1/4 pound ham, diced small (or about 1 cup)

1 cup cherry tomato halves

1/2 cup diced bell pepper (orange, yellow and green)

1/2 cup sliced black olives

8 ounces fresh mozzarella, pearls or 1 large ball diced

1/4 cup crumbled Parmesan cheese

FOR THE BASIL PESTO VINAIGRETTE:

1/2 cup basil pesto

3 tablespoons white wine vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions:

Bring a larger pot of salted water to a boil and cook the tortellini according to the package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.

In a large mixing bowl combine the tortellini, salami, ham, tomatoes, bell pepper, olives and mozzarella. Gently toss to combine.

In small bowl or jar combine the pesto, vinegar and olive oil.

Pour in the desired amount of dressing into the pasta salad and season with freshly ground black pepper and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.

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2 Responses to “Antipasto Tortellini Pasta Salad with Basil Pesto Vinaigrette”

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    Julie J — June 6, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Gorgeous salad Laurie and I cannot wait to make it for a upcoming get together.

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    Elizabeth Mansolillo — June 7, 2018 at 6:36 am

    This looks delicious.
    But, well, you can’t serve pasta during the antipasta course! It just isn’t done!

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