Mom's Famous Tortellini Salad


December 12, 2019 5 Comments

There is no better bbq or summer lunch side dish than my Mom’s Famous Tortellini Salad.

Mom’s Famous Tortellini Salad

From the recipe collection of Tara Ippolito

This is my Mom’s famous tortellini salad recipe.

Well, I say “famous” because it really is around here.

Specifically famous within my family but everyone who’s ever had it knows just how delicious it is.

Mom's Famous Tortellini Salad Cover

I don’t think my Mothers ever made this for a party without someone asking for the recipe.

And she’s made this for just about every gathering my siblings and I have ever had.

Partially because it’s easy & delicious and partially because she really doesn’t have a choice anymore.

We’re all far too obsessed.

This tortellini salad is the perfect side dish to pair with just about anything you can BBQ.

It goes great as a side to sandwiches, too.

Tortellini Salad in a bowl

It’s cold and refreshing making it an instant favorite side dish of the summer.

Did I mention yet that it’s something that’s made ahead of time? Another reason why I love this Tortellini salad so much.

I hope you give this one a try. I know if you do you’ll love it just as much as my family does.

Tips for making Mom’s Famous Tortellini Salad the best

This recipe for tortellini salad is super easy but there are a few things you can to do make sure it’s at its best.

Pitted Kalamata olives in a jar
  • Feta Cheese – You have to get the fresh feta. The kind that’s in one big block with a little water. Crumble that up my hand. Don’t try to cut a corner and get the already crumbed cheese. I’ve tried it and it’s not the same. The fresh stuff is the best for this recipe and you’ll really taste the difference.
  • Kalamata olives- I say to add the olives when you’re ready to serve because sometimes it can stain the pasta being next it all night. No big deal, but if you’re serving it to a crowd it might turn some people off seeing black stains on the pasta. Make sure they’re pitted, too.
  • Refrigerate- Don’t rush the process. This tortellini salad has got to sit in the fridge overnight. It will be well worth the wait, trust me.

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What to serve Mom’s Famous Tortellini Salad With

Of course the choice is always yours on what to serve with this tortellini salad.

If you’re looking for some inspiration, I personally love this as a side to sandwiches for lunch.

Italian combo sandwich

A Chopped Cheese Sandwich, BBQ Chicken or just about anything you can grill, too.

I’ve even served this with pizza and it’s always a hit.

Mom’s Famous Tortellini Salad Ingredients

  • 1lb Tri Colored Spiral pasta (cooked)
  • 1lb Cheese Tortellini (cooked)
  • 1 chopped Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 chopped Red Onion
  • 1 jar of pitted Kalamata Olives
  • 1 crumbled block of fresh Feta Cheese
  • 16 Oz bottle of Robusto Italian Dressing
  • Oregano


First, mix everything together in a big bowl except for the feta and the olives.

mom's famous tortellini salad in a bowl

Then place it in the fridge overnight night.

Mom's Famous Tortellini Salad in the fridge

Finally add the feta cheese and olives right before serving.

Toss it all together until all the ingredients are combined well and serve cold.

Mom's Famous Tortellini Salad in a bowl

Mom’s Famous Tortellini Salad Video

Mom’s Famous Tortellini Salad

This make ahead cold Tortellini Salad recipe is the perfect side dish for any BBQ or summer lunch.
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq side dish, cold tortellini salad, side dish, tortellini salad


  • 1 lb Tricolor Spiral Pasta (cooked)
  • 1 lb CheesevTortellini (cooked)
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (chopped)
  • 1 Red Onion (chopped)
  • 1 6 oz jar Kalamata Olives, Pitted and sliced
  • 1 8 oz block Feta Cheese (crumbles off the block)
  • 1 16oz bottle Robusto Italian Dressing


  • Fist, cook the pastas and run them under cold water to stop the cooking proccess.
  • Add the pasta and all of the other ingredients except for the feta cheese and the olives.
  • Let that marinate in the fridge over night.
  • Right before serving add the feta cheese an the olives. Give it one big toss to combine everything together and serve cold.
Tara Ippolito

About Al Dente Diva

Tara Ippolito is a self taught home cook from New Jersey and cookbook author of Fast, Simple, Delicious. Better known as “T” across social media, she makes easy to follow recipes using familiar ingredients. T uses her Tik Tok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest channels to share recipes and cooking tips for everyday people. Her motivation to share with her followers is simple. To inspire people to cook and become more comfortable in the kitchen.

As a wife and busy mother of two little boys she she’s always cooking fast family friendly meals. Sharing her kitchen with others that want to learn is a true passion of hers. As her social media platforms continue to grow she is committed to delivering consistently delicious content to her followers.

Al Dente Diva

Hello there! My name is T & I’m a home cook from New Jersey. I love to share easy to make recipes, cooking tips & kitchen hacks with people who love to cook like I do. My recipes are all easy to follow & use ingredients most people are familiar with. Being a busy stay at home mother of two, I have to cook delicious budget friendly meals that are fast to make. I hope you find something helpful here. Thanks for coming by.

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  • Anonymous June 20, 2022 at 4:56 pm

    You don’t list the nutrition information per serving?

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  • Anonymous June 21, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    I noticed you have oregano mentioned in the list of ingredients but it is not mentioned in the instructions, ie: how much to add.

    • Al Dente Diva June 21, 2022 at 10:06 pm

      Oh thanks for letting me know. It’s 1 tsp

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