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Tortellini Salad With Pesto

This Tortellini Salad With Pesto is a Tender tortellini that meets a homemade pesto sauce bursting with aromatic herbs. It’s a combination of textures and flavors, with fresh baby spinach, mozzarella cheese, cherry tomatoes, and salty black olives. Prepare yourself for a mouthwatering adventure in taste, whether you’re serving this as a main course or a side. Let’s dig in and enjoy each mouthful.

Tortellini Salad With Pesto
Tortellini Salad With Pesto

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Bursting With Flavor. This zesty salad is a medley of aromatic herbs, nuttiness, and a hint of garlic, all brought together by the combination of rich and chewy tortellini and a luscious pesto sauce.
  • Versatile Delight. Tortellini salad with pesto can serve as either a hearty main dish or a tasty accompaniment. Its adaptability means it can stand on its own or be used as a flavorful addition to other dishes.
  • Beautiful Balance. The complementary flavors in this salad are delicious. Exciting the senses is this vibrant combination of tender tortellini, fresh cherry tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, tangy black olives, vibrant baby spinach, zingy red onion, and smoky roasted red peppers.

Tortellini Salad With Pesto Ingredients

  • Tortellini. These tasty pasta packages, stuffed with meat or cheese, are a welcome addition to any salad. They add a delicious chewiness to every bite.
  • Pesto Sauce. The salad’s herbaceous and luscious dressing is made from a fragrant combination of fresh basil, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, garlic, and olive oil. The eye is drawn to its lush green hue.
  • Cherry Tomatoes. These juicy gems cut through the fattiness of the tortellini and pesto with a burst of sweetness and acidity. Their vibrant red color is a welcome addition to the meal.
  • Fresh Mozzarella. Its mild and milky flavor is a great addition to any salad. It goes very well with the pesto and complements the flavor perfectly.
  • Black Olives. A Briny and mildly sour taste makes for a more complex salad. They add depth to the dish by contrasting it with the other ingredients.
  • Baby Spinach. The salad benefits from the freshness and hint of earthiness provided by these tender, vibrant greens. They add a satisfying crunch and cut through the heaviness of the other ingredients.
  • Red Onion. When sliced thinly, gives the salad a pleasant bite with its sharp and tangy flavor. It’s a nice way to spice things up with color and texture.
  • Roasted Red Peppers. The charred flavor and burst of color from these sweet and smoky peppers is a welcome addition. They round out the dish and make it more interesting by enhancing the flavors of the other components.

Can I Make The Pesto Sauce Ahead Of Time?

The pesto sauce can be made ahead of time. Actually, the flavors improve and become more robust if you make it ahead of time. Pesto can be kept in the fridge for up to a week if stored in an airtight container. When you’re ready to use it, stir it thoroughly and add it to the tortellini salad with pesto.

How Do I Prevent The Salad From Getting Soggy?

It’s best to keep the salad’s components separate until right before serving to avoid making the dish soggy. Separately refrigerate the cooked tortellini, pesto sauce, and other ingredients. Mix them together and gently toss them when you’re ready to serve. This ensures that your salad will taste as good as it looks when you finally sit down to eat it.

Is It Possible To Use A Different Type Of Cheese Instead Of Mozzarella?

Absolutely! While fresh mozzarella is often used in tortellini salad with pesto, feel free to experiment with other cheeses to find the perfect complement to the pasta and pesto. You can use crumbled feta cheese for a salty, tangy alternative, or go for the earthy, complex flavor of goat cheese. Feel free to experiment with different ingredients and seasonings.

Can I Add Additional Vegetables To The Salad For Extra Freshness?

Certainly! To increase its freshness and nutritional value, tortellini salad with pesto can benefit from the addition of additional vegetables. Cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, and red onions, all in small portions, are all good options. These vegetables not only add a welcome crunch but also a splash of color that brightens up the salad. You can adjust the ingredients to suit your tastes and the season’s harvest.

Instructions For Tortellini Salad With Pesto

  • According to the instructions on the package, cook the tortellini until al dente. Drain and cool the liquid.
  • Combine cooked tortellini, pesto sauce, cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, black olives, baby spinach, red onion, and roasted red peppers in a large mixing bowl.
  • Toss the ingredients with the pesto sauce until they are evenly coated.
  • Cover and refrigerate the bowl for at least one hour to allow the flavors to combine.
  • Before serving, toss the salad one last time and adjust the seasoning as necessary.
Tortellini pesto salad close-up
Tortellini Salad With Pesto

Recommended Side Dishes

  • Garlic Breadsticks. These warm, buttery breadsticks are the perfect complement to the crisp, refreshing salad. The pesto’s herbaceousness is complemented by the crust’s savory garlic infusion.
  • Balsamic Grilled Vegetables. Grilling vegetables brings out their inherent sweetness and gives them a smoky char. On the tongue, the caramelized vegetable flavors play in perfect harmony with the pesto.
  • Caprese Skewers. Mini caprese salads can be made by threading fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and basil leaves onto skewers and then dressing them with balsamic glaze. The pesto tortellini salad is beautifully mirrored by fresh mozzarella, ripe tomatoes, and fragrant basil.
  • Lemon Herb Quinoa. The tortellini salad pairs wonderfully with a bed of quinoa flavored with lemon zest and fresh herbs. The citrusy undertones and herbal overtones in the meal make it complete.
  • Summer Berry Salad. Tangy vinaigrette coats a salad of mixed greens, fresh strawberries, blueberries, and candied pecans. The tangy and sweet berries cut through the heavy pesto and add a welcome burst of flavor to the dish.

Recipe Variations

  • Mediterranean Twist. Sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and kalamata olives will give your salad a taste of the Mediterranean. The dish will get a zing of sourness and a hint of the Mediterranean from these additions.
  • Protein Powerhouse. Add some grilled chicken or shrimp to the salad for some extra protein. The pesto complements the tender, juicy meat beautifully, and together they make a hearty meal.
  • Veggie Delight. Toss in a variety of roasted vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, and eggplant for a vegetarian spin. They’ll go wonderfully with the tortellini and pesto because of the caramelized flavors and soft textures.
  • Nutty And Cheesy. Sprinkle some toasted pine nuts or chopped walnuts over the salad to complement the nuttiness of the pesto dressing. Add some crumbled goat cheese or feta for a delightful tang and salty creaminess contrast.
  • Fresh Herb Infusion. Fresh herbs, such as mint, parsley, or cilantro, add an extra dimension of herbaceous flavor to the salad. These aromatic greens will take the overall freshness to a new level and add a jolt of flavorful brightness.

Storing leftovers of this dish

  • In The Fridge. Put the tortellini salad with pesto in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days. This will keep it from going stale and preserve the quality of the ingredients.
  • In The Freezer. Low-calorie salad dressing can be frozen by pouring it into a freezer-safe container with some extra space. Put the container in the freezer after you have sealed it tightly. The typical shelf life of a frozen dressing is three months.

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Tortellini Salad With Pesto Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving

  • Calories 430
  • Total Fat 24g
  • Saturated Fat 6g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 40mg
  • Sodium 700mg
  • Potassium 94mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 40g
  • Dietary Fiber g
  • Sugars 1g
  • Protein 16g
  • Vitamin A 16%
  • Calcium 20%
  • Iron 10%

Tortellini Salad With Pesto

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 15 minutesCook time: 10 minutesRest time:1 hour Total time:1 hour 25 minutesServings:4 servingsCalories:430 kcal Best Season:Summer

Description

This Tortellini Salad With Pesto is a Tender tortellini that meets a homemade pesto sauce bursting with aromatic herbs. It’s a combination of textures and flavors, with fresh baby spinach, mozzarella cheese, cherry tomatoes, and salty black olives. Prepare yourself for a mouthwatering adventure in taste, whether you’re serving this as a main course or a side. Let’s dig in and enjoy each mouthful.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. According to the instructions on the package, cook the tortellini until al dente. Drain and cool the liquid.
  2. Combine cooked tortellini, pesto sauce, cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, black olives, baby spinach, red onion, and roasted red peppers in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Toss the ingredients with the pesto sauce until they are evenly coated.
  4. Cover and refrigerate the bowl for at least one hour to allow the flavors to combine.
  5. Before serving, toss the salad one last time and adjust the seasoning as necessary.

Notes

  • Mediterranean Twist. Sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and kalamata olives will give your salad a taste of the Mediterranean. The dish will get a zing of sourness and a hint of the Mediterranean from these additions.
  • Protein Powerhouse. Add some grilled chicken or shrimp to the salad for some extra protein. The pesto complements the tender, juicy meat beautifully, and together they make a hearty meal.
  • Veggie Delight. Toss in a variety of roasted vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, and eggplant for a vegetarian spin. They’ll go wonderfully with the tortellini and pesto because of the caramelized flavors and soft textures.
  • Nutty And Cheesy. Sprinkle some toasted pine nuts or chopped walnuts over the salad to complement the nuttiness of the pesto dressing. Add some crumbled goat cheese or feta for a delightful tang and salty creaminess contrast.
  • Fresh Herb Infusion. Fresh herbs, such as mint, parsley, or cilantro, add an extra dimension of herbaceous flavor to the salad. These aromatic greens will take the overall freshness to a new level and add a jolt of flavorful brightness.
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Nutrition Facts

Servings 4


Amount Per Serving
Calories 430
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 40mg14%
Sodium 700mg30%
Potassium 94mg3%
Total Carbohydrate 40g14%
Sugars 1g
Protein 16g32%

Vitamin A 16 IU
Calcium 20 mg
Iron 10 mg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.