Tortellini Pesto Salad


A wonderful pesto tortellini salad with crunchy veggies and rich pesto sauce. This recipe is so different from the Italian dressing pasta salads. Works as a main dish or a very hearty side dish for lunch.

Tortellini Pesto Salad
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins


  • 1 (9 ounce) package cheese tortellini

  • 1 small red bell pepper, julienned

  • ¾ cup broccoli florets, blanched

  • cup shredded carrots

  • cup pitted green olives

  • 1 clove garlic, chopped

  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • ¼ cup prepared basil pesto

  • ¼ cup milk

  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar

  • 1 bunch fresh spinach leaves


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    a top down view of all ingredients for a tortellini pesto salad measured and prepped into small galss bowls

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  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place tortellini in the pot and cook until al dente, 7 to 8 minutes. Drain and cool.

  3. Mix cooked tortellini, bell pepper, broccoli, carrots, olives, and garlic in a large bowl.

    a top down view of cooked tortellini and chopped veggies being mixed until combined.

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  4. Whisk mayonnaise, pesto, milk, Parmesan cheese, oil, and vinegar together in a separate bowl. Pour over tortellini and vegetables and gently toss to coat.

    a top down view of a creamy pesto dressing being whisked together for a tortellini salad.

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    a top down view of cooked tortellini and chopped vegetables being dressed with a creamy pesto dressing.

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  5. Cover and place in the refrigerator until chilled, about 1 hour. Serve over spinach leaves.

    a top down view of a colorful tortellini salad served over spinach greens


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

383 Calories
27g Fat
26g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 383
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 615mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 43mg 217%
Calcium 176mg 14%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 458mg 10%

* 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.

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