Cold Tortellini Salad

This is my most requested dish to bring to a potluck. It is not overly spicy and vegetarians just love this. You can add more cheese and seasonings if desired. This salad has been passed around the world and is always well received.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 35 mins
8 servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) package fresh cheese tortellini

  • 1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained

  • 1 head broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets

  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded mozzarella cheese

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • ¼ cup quartered green olives

  • ¼ cup quartered black olives

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper

  • 1 (16 ounce) bottle Italian dressing, or more to taste


  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil; stir in tortellini and return to a boil. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the tortellini float to the top and the filling is hot, 6 to 7 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, slice each artichoke heart lengthwise into 8 pieces; set aside.

  3. Drain tortellini and transfer to a large bowl. Cool to room temperature, 5 to 10 minutes.

  4. Add broccoli, cauliflower, mozzarella, Parmesan, green and black olives, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper; mix until ingredients are evenly distributed. Stir in Italian dressing. Cover and refrigerate, 8 hours to overnight.

Cook's Note:

I use a four-cheese tortellini and Newman's Own(R) dressing. You may have to add a bit more dressing if it is dry, up to 1/4 cup.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

477 Calories
27g Fat
43g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 477
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 1864mg 81%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 15%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 71mg 354%
Calcium 295mg 23%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 397mg 8%

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

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.