Pizza Tortellini Salad
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Pizza Tortellini Salad – this easy pasta salad recipe is full of pizza flavor with cheese tortellini, pepperoni, bell peppers, olives, tomatoes and a homemade balsamic dressing! It’s perfect for a summer potluck!
I loooooove pasta salad. I never liked it when I was younger because I didn’t like dressing (are you surprised?) but as an adult? I can eat an entire batch all by myself. And if it’s tortellini? Even better.
Growing up, we’d eat ravioli or tortellini at least once a week. Once I got married I continued the tradition, until Mel stopped eating carbs and I had a kid who hates pasta. (I know, sometimes I question my life choices, too.)
Now indulge in Jocelyn’s meat lover’s pizza skillet ravioli or Holly’s one pot pizza tortellini bake when Mel is out of town for work. Then I make way too much and pretend I’m a single 20-something who doesn’t have to worry about carbs.
(Oh, how I miss those days!)
Pasta salads are all the rage these days. I’ve seen tons of variations all over Facebook and Pinterest: taco, Greek, Italian…and so many more. I decided I just HAD to share this PIZZA Tortellini Salad because I’ve been making it for years and everyone always raves about it. Plus, it’s pasta with pepperoni…what could be better than that?
Funny story, my parents have a funny name for tortellini. Can you guess what it is? I actually can’t tell you what it is, except it starts with “little” and involves a word that someone would yell at me for if I type it. Why do they call it that? Really I have no idea.
But, to this day, all I think of when I buy tortellini is that I’m buying a bunch of little ——–.
ANYWAY, I digress. When I buy tortellini, I also think about THIS pizza tortellini salad with all my favorite things in it:
- BLACK OLIVES! Sorry for shouting but I love them so much. I never get to eat them either because no one I know likes them. On pizza? BEST EVER!
- Green peppers – a must on pizza
- Pepperoni – ditto
- Parmesan cheese – what pasta salad doesn’t have cheese? Not one I’m eating!
- Balsamic dressing….oh how I love thee…
Let’s talk about dressing for a minute. You can totally buy your own from the store. No need to make it from scratch but if you do? Use MY balsamic recipe. I make it all the time because it’s so good. I has shallot and garlic and herbs and….mustard.
Duh duh duuuuuuuuuuuuh. (Evil sounds)
I hate mustard, yes I know. To me, mustard is the absolute devil. I will not touch it. Making my husband a sandwich makes me sick. BUT…in this dressing, it’s actually good. There’s so much balsamic and other flavors you don’t even taste the mustard (and I know, because in 99% of dressing recipes I can sure taste it if it’s there). I love adding it because it helps the recipe emulsify (as in, blend together).
You don’t need a fancy whisk or anything to make the dressing either: go buy yourself a mason jar. Then add the ingredients and shake shake shake!
With the lightness of the dressing and the flavors of pepperoni, olive, pepper, tomato and cheesy pasta, this pizza tortellini salad tastes JUST like you’re eating a slice of pizza. It’s the perfect potluck dish and I’ll be for sure making it a TON this summer!
Pizza Tortellini Salad
- 1 bag — about 19 ounces Cheese Tortellini, cooked according to package directions
- 1 green pepper — diced
- 1 cup halved grape tomatoes
- 1 cup Pepperoni slices — halved
- 1 can — 8 ounces sliced black olives, drained
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
- Balsamic Dressing — recipe follows, or use your favorite brand
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon dijon or spicy brown mustard
- 1 tablespoon diced shallot
- 1 garlic clove — crushed
- 2/3 cup olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper or to taste
- Stir together cooked tortellini, pepper, tomatoes, pepperoni, olives, and shredded parmesan in a large serving bowl.
- To make dressing: add all ingredients to a mason jar or dressing container. Seal and shake well to combine.
- Dress the salad with desired amount of dressing. There will be dressing left over; store in refrigerator for up to 1 week.
- Pasta salad is good prepared for up to 2 days; store tightly covered in refrigerator.