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Tortellini Salad for #SundaySupper

Tortellini Salad | Magnolia Days

It is the season of outdoor entertaining. Grills are made ready to be fired up. Covers are taken off outdoor furniture. You smile remembering the good times had and ones yet to come. There is something quite special about summer gatherings in the great outdoors. Candles flickering as night falls and conversation is full of laughter. Food and wine is a necessity. Deciding what to make or bring can be difficult or a no-brainer. One dish I highly recommend is Tortellini Salad. Why? Because I’ve seen it be a hit time and time again.

Tortellini Salad | Magnolia Days

This recipe has a trail of friends. My friend Terry is how I discovered this dish. It was in the spread dishes she made for one of her fabulous gatherings. She goes all out from stunning decorations to incredible food and beverages. I remember the first time I tasted it and thought it was the best pasta salad ever. Of course I asked for the recipe. I also have dropped major hints of her making it for each of her gatherings ever since then. So when Gallo Family Vineyards asked for summertime staples and favorite warm-weather dishes, I knew it was my time to make it and pass along the recipe to keep it moving along the trail of friends.

Tortellini Salad | Magnolia Days

The trail goes through my neighborhood. Terry got the recipe from a neighbor Jeri who she met through Pam, another dear friend and neighbor. I have not met Jeri and therefore I do not know if this is her creation or if she got it in the trail. Pam makes this salad to take to potlucks and brought it when Terry threw a Farewell Party for Chris and Faye, also friends and neighbors. So you can only imagine how many friends and neighbors (including myself) who have thoroughly enjoyed this pasta salad over the years.

Tortellini Salad | Magnolia Days

More on the tortellini salad recipe: The one below is adapted from the original. I had questions when I pulled out the recipe and called Terry to discuss. The amount of olive oil seemed too much. It also had mushrooms listed and I know there wasn’t any in the salad she made before. What I learned is this recipe is flexible and can be adjusted to personal taste. The amount of oil, olives, artichoke hearts, and bell pepper can vary. The recipe below is what I used and the method in how I made it (the original recipe only had a list of ingredients and no instructions).

Tortellini Salad | Magnolia Days

Which wines to pair with the pasta? Two of the Gallo Family Vineyards ones will do nicely. Since you will be at a BBQ or Potluck then you want versatile wines. Plus you may want to cool down in from the summer heat. Their White Zinfandel has light fruit flavors and pairs well with salads of all kinds. Their Sweet Red has soft dark berry flavors and the sweetness matches with grilled meats and balances with the vinegary dressing of the tortellini salad. Check out Gallo’s Backyard BBQ and Potlucks blog post for more tips and inspiration.

Gallo Family Vineyards LogoMore on Gallo Family Vineyards: Follow them on social media to keep up the latest on the company, vineyards, and their wines. Here are quick links to GFV’s profiles: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Their website has lots of information on Gallo Family Vineyards wines plus helpful wine pairing suggestions, and a handy store locator.

Outdoor entertaining does have its challenges. In my area one is pests including mosquitoes and those pesky bugs commonly known as no-see-ums. Citronella candles help to keep them at bay. Several varieties of geraniums help with repelling too. Both add ambiance and work wonderfully as decorations. So get some candles, plant a few flowers, and invite your family and friends over for a feast around your outdoor table. Cheers!

Tortellini Salad | Magnolia Days
4.6 from 5 votes

Tortellini Salad

Make tortellini salad for your next gathering or to take to a potluck. It's cheese pasta, olives, peppers, artichoke hearts tossed with a homemade dressing.
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Renee


  • 1 package refrigerated cheese tortellini 20 ounces
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Greek seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 jar or can marinated quartered artichoke hearts 14-16 ounces, drained
  • 1 can black olives 15 ounces, drained
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons capers


  1. Prepare tortellini according to package instructions.
  2. While tortellini is cooking, make the dressing. Whisk together white wine vinegar, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, salt, sugar, Greek seasoning, black pepper, and cayenne pepper in a medium bowl. Slowly add olive oil while whisking.
  3. Place cooked and drained tortellini in a large bowl. Add artichoke hearts, olives, bell pepper, and capers.
  4. Add about a half to three-quarters of dressing and gently toss salad to combine. Reserve remaining dressing.
  5. Tortellini salad is best served on the day it is made. The pasta will soak up some of the dressing as it sits. Add more dressing if needed.
  6. If made a day in advance, keep refrigerated. Bring to room temperature prior to serving (the olive oil will congeal when it is chilled).

Recipe Notes

Amounts of artichoke hearts, olives, bell pepper, and capers can be adjusted to your preference.

Are you looking forward to summer entertaining? I am! And so are my fellow Sunday Supper tastemakers. Take a look at these wonderful recipes to pair with Gallo Family Vineyards wines:


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Recipe Rating

Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch

Friday 19th of June 2015

Tortellini Pasta Salad is always a favorite in our house! I love all the goodies in yours!

Linda | Brunch with Joy

Wednesday 17th of June 2015

Yummmm! I can't stop thinking of this salad. Tortellini - checked. Salad - checked. Combine the two....AMAZING! Love the combo and all the ingredients, this will be a hit at our next potluck party.


Tuesday 16th of June 2015

This tasty salad is going to be making an appearance at our next BBQ party,...and I can't wait. It looks absolutely incredible!

Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook

Monday 15th of June 2015

Great idea to use tortellini. I wouldn't have thought it'd be okay at room temp but why not!? Extra cheesy goodness in the salad.


Monday 15th of June 2015

I love artichokes in pasta salad! The dressing in this sounds so tasty too. Pasta salad is a weakness of mine, I could definitely see myself eating bowl after bowl of this one.