Caprese Tortellini Salad

Thursday, June 3, 2021
If you're looking for the tastiest summer salad, this Caprese Tortellini Salad is the best of the best, and it can be a whole meal or a simple side dish.


Tortellini is filled with ricotta cheese and when tossed with Italian dressing, the flavors are perfect together for that social gathering or any backyard event.


Using all simple pantry ingredients, this salad is the perfect accompaniment with any grilled hotdogs, burgers, (or with our favorite Tuscan Grilled Steak) you're cooking up.


We love using tortellini in recipes and you may also like to try making our homemade recipe for tortellini it's perfect for this recipe when you have the time.


The salad dressing on this pasta really compliments this dish and all homemade using fresh herbs, spices, balsamic vinegar a little lemon juice, and olive oil.


She also made delicious Steak cutlets Caprese and often topped toasted bread called Bruschetta with similar ingredients added on top.


Tomatoes fresh mozzarella just shouts summer salad and perfect all through the warmer months.


Scroll down to the bottom to print off this super yummy recipe.


This is fresh tortellini pasta with Italian dressing, mozzarella, tomatoes and fresh basil on top in a white pasta dish







Pasta Salad



Even though we love using tortellini, you can really use whatever cooked pasta you prefer


We have use mini ravioli, penne, and even wagon wheel fun-shaped pasta, and all of them work great with this dressing and caprese style salad.


The light salads are perfect for outdoor picnics but just remember to keep them cold and on ice for safety reasons.


Our salad can be enjoyed all year round but always top of mind when grilling season starts.







This is fresh tortellini pasta with Italian dressing, mozzarella, tomatoes and fresh basil on top in a white pasta dish



Ingredients For Caprese Tortellini Salad


  • Fresh tortellini or another pasta you prefer cooked and drained
  • Italian dressing
  • Plum tomatoes cubed or grape tomatoes
  • Basil leaves, fresh
  • Mozzarella cut into cubes
  • Salt, pepper
  • Italian Homemade Salad Dressing
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar or use Red Wine Vinegar
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Fresh basil leaves, parsley chopped, oregano,
  • Cloves finely minced garlic
  • Dash cayenne pepper,
  • Salt and black pepper 
  • Romano cheese
  • Other additions: chopped bell peppers, green sliced olives, freshly sliced radishes, diced beets



this is penne pasta with chicken, mozzarella, tomatoes and fresh basil on top in a white dish



Tip:


  • Always salt the water when you're cooking pasta
  • Overcooked pasta will burst and the filling will escape
  • Always salt the water when making the pasta
  • Always tear the basil with your hands, chopping with a knife turns it brown
  • The pasta tastes better with the dressing on it overnight then add the tomatoes and torn basil at the end
  • You can use any kind of pasta you like, we also have substituted mini ravioli for this recipe
  • Bottled dressings can be substituted: IE Peppercorn Parmesan or other creamy Italian styles
  • Suggestions and Additions: diced beets, sliced radishes, chopped red onion, fresh mint, chopped pickles, scallions, diced bell pepper, or hot peppers, for a sweeter salad you can add some fresh raspberries or strawberries



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Other Great Salad Recipes to Try:


Watermelon Salad

Beet Salad

Butternut Squash Salad

Caprese Portabello

Italian Potato Salad

Insalata Caprese Salad

Tuscan Panzanella Salad



This is fresh tortellini pasta with Italian dressing, mozzarella, tomatoes and fresh basil on top in a white pasta dish



Caprese Salad


The colors are so pretty in this Caprese salad and can be a festive look on the Christmas holiday table.


So even though we love our summer pasta salads, this one is versatile and can be made all year long.


Also, our delicious homemade dressing is wonderful on any salad your making and great for also marinading meats!




This is fresh tortellini pasta with Italian dressing, mozzarella, tomatoes and fresh basil on top in a white pasta dish

Caprese Tortellini Salad

Yield: 8
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
prep time: 15 Mcook time: total time: 15 M
This is a simple pasta salad I love to make for picnics and side dishes when I don't want to worry about things being heated up. The salad is cold with a delicious homemade Italian dressing over the pasta, tomatoes and fresh basil. The best part for me, cubed whole milk mozzarella, this is a winner salad for any meat and perfect side dish. It also looks fabulous on a holiday table with a colorful red and green for Christmas.

ingredients:

  • 1 pound tortellini, cooked or another cooked pasta you prefer drained
  • Italian dressing
  • 1 pound plum tomatoes cubed ( I also take the skins off see notes below) or 1 pint of grape tomatoes cut in half
  • 10 basil leaves, torn with your hands (a knife will brown the leaves)
  • 1 cup mozzarella pearls or sliced whole mozzarella cut into cubes
  • Salt & pepper
  • Italian Homemade Salad Dressing Recipe:
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup good grade Balsamic Vinegar or use Red Wine Vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoons each of fresh preferred, (dried when not available) basil leaves, parsley chopped, oregano,
  • 2 cloves finely minced garlic or 1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • dash cayenne pepper,
  • salt and black pepper to taste,
  • 2 tablespoons grated Romano cheese
  • Other additions: chopped bell peppers, green sliced olives, freshly sliced radishes, diced beets

instructions:

How to cook Caprese Tortellini Salad

  1. For the dressing:
  2. Mix all ingredients above for dressing in a bowl and whisk to blend together.
  3. Set aside.
  4. For the pasta:
  5. Prepare tortellini according to package instructions, we like them al dente, cook longer for softer pasta and always salt the water.
  6. Drain.
  7. Make the dressing.
  8. Toss cooked tortellini in the dressing.
  9. Stir in tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella pearls.
  10. Season with salt & pepper.
Calories
117
Fat (grams)
17
Sat. Fat (grams)
7
Carbs (grams)
11
Net carbs
9
Sugar (grams)
5
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This is fresh tortellini pasta with Italian dressing, mozzarella, tomatoes and fresh basil on top in a white pasta dish




11 comments

  1. Caprese is one of my favourite salads too. Pairing with tortellini sounds even better!

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  2. I also love pasta Caprese but have never made it with tortellini. Such a yummy idea!

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  3. This is so fresh and pretty! Great dish to serve to guests!

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  4. This will be perfect for lunch boxes and quick lunches at home!

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  5. Yum! Such wonderful flavors to pair with the tortellini. My basil in the garden is on borrowed time, so I definitely need to hurry and make this.

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  6. Great salad! I love tortellini and this is a perfect salad for it!

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  7. I love this salad! Adding to my BBQ list so I can bring it to the next one.

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  8. Oh wow! This salad is so great and very tasty! My family and I love this recipe. Perfect for dinners and as a meal! Definitely making this again!

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  9. Oo .. now this is a new salad to make. I make Tortellini Soup regularly.. Adding this salad to my bucket list to try.

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  10. Indeed, this was one of the best summer salads I've made! So delicious, and my kids loved it too!

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  11. This pasta salad was a hit with my family. Such great summer flavors.

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