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Tortellini Caprese Pasta Salad

Tortellini Caprese Pasta Salad is an easy pasta salad recipe made with tortellini, basil, mozzarella, tomatoes and a balsamic dressing.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 135kcal


For the Salad:

  • 1 19 ounce bag frozen tortellini
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup shredded basil
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella pearls or a ball sliced into bite sized pieces

For the Balsamic Dressing:

  • 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


  • Cook tortellini according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. Cool.
  • Stir together tortellini, tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella.
  • Make the dressing: add all dressing ingredients to a jar. Close and shake until mixed. Pour over salad and toss to coat.
  • Serve immediately or cover and store in refrigerator for up to 24 hours.


Calories: 135kcal