Tortellini tomato salad

Wanna stand out at the next picnic where there are endless cold pasta salads that are underwhelming?  Is that a word?

Make this recipe.  You can make it ahead of time and grab it as you walk out the door.  I personally think it tastes better at room temperature and since there’s no mayo in it, it’s totally fine served that way.

I am not a big fan of pasta salad.  Most of it is over-cooked and under-seasoned.  It’s usually an item that I skip at a picnic or buffet table.  But, as with everything, there are usually one or two good recipes of even something that I don’t like out there.

This is one of them.  It’s really pretty if you can find a multi-colored tortellini, but I can’t get that here.  Just promise me that you will buy good quality tortellini.  Since it is the main ingredient, you can’t skimp.

And that dill is fantastic.  It’s amazing how a few fresh ingredients are all that you need to pull together a flavorful dish.


  • 2 lb fresh cheese tortellini
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, diced
  • 2 1/2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3 TAB fresh dill weed, chopped
  • 3 TAB Spanish or red onion, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste


Cook tortellini in a large pot of salted water.  Drain and immerse in cold water.  When fully cooled, drained and set aside in a large mixing bowl.

In a small frying pan, combine oil and garlic and cook over medium-low heat until garlic has softened but not browned, about 2 minutes.  Set aside to cool.

In a food processor, puree 1 1/2 cups of tomatoes.  Add to tortellini with remaining diced tomatoes.  Add cooled garlic oil and all remaining ingredients.  Toss to mix well.

Serves 8

3 thoughts on “Tortellini tomato salad

  1. Did you know that tortellini is typical for christmas lunch in Emiglia Romania region of Italy they served usually in broth and it was fantastic. My italian mother served this dish along with a roaster chicken broth and super nice. But i never tried yet the idea of cold pasta over this. I hope the outcome was nice


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