Cheese Tortellini Antipasto Pasta Salad is full of salami, mozzarella cheese, black olives, tomatoes, and artichoke hearts and is easy to make with a bottle of Newman’s Own Salad Dressing. This pasta salad makes the perfect side for a summer picnic or cookout.
In 1982 Paul Newman began bottling his homemade salad dressing in wine bottles to give to neighbors as holiday gifts. That act of holiday gift giving has since grown into a company offering a full line of salad dressings and other products.
Newman’s Own Salad Dressings which include Balsamic, Olive Oil and Vinegar, Family Recipe Italian, Ranch, Creamy Caesar, and others, are a wonderful way to flavor up your family meals. They need not just be used as a topping for green salad. Try the Balsamic as a marinade for steak or grilled chicken, the Creamy Caesar makes a wonderful addition to a wrap, and of course Ranch always makes a popular dip for chicken strips.
I’ve used the Family Recipe Italian for this Cheese Tortellini Antipasto Pasta Salad, but any of the dressings can be used to create an easy and delicious pasta salad.
Tortellini Antipasto Recipe Tip
Only cook the tortellini to al dente. It will soak up some of the dressing which will make it softer in texture. If you overcook the tortellini, it will have a soggy texture.
This pasta salad will keep in the refrigerator for about 3 days, but the tortellini soak the dressing up over time and get softer in texture.
More Pasta Salad Recipes
- Tzatziki Pasta Salad
- Shrimp Remoulade Pasta Salad
- Tex-Mex Pasta Salad
- Spicy Horseradish Pasta Salad
- Asian Pasta Salad
- 1 (9-ounce) package refrigerated cheese tortellini
- 1/3 cup finely diced red onion
- 1/2 cup chopped salami or pepperoni
- 1/2 cup marinated artichoke hearts, chopped
- 1/2 cup mini mozzarella cheese balls
- 1/3 cup sliced black olives
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup Newman's Own Family Recipe Italian Dressing
- fresh basil
- Cook tortellini according to package directions, but only cook to al dente. Drain well.
- Combine tortellini in a large bowl with red onion, salami, artichoke hearts, mozzarella cheese, olives, and tomatoes.
- Add 1/3 cup of salad dressing, toss to coat and refrigerate for 1 hour. Just before serving add additional dressing to taste.
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Originally posted June 15, 2015.
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