Home > Salads > Greek Tortellini Salad Greek Tortellini Salad May 1, 2020 | 43 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Greek Tortellini Salad: Salty feta cheese, crisp cucumbers, juicy cherry tomatoes, sharp red onions, and sweet-bitter Kalamata olives are all stirred together with tender cheese-filled tortellini. This salad is tossed in a nutritious and flavorful Greek-inspired vinaigrette. Pair Greek Tortellini Salad with marinated and grilled Greek chicken or Greek meatballs. And if you’re looking for a low-carb alternative to the tortellini, try this Greek quinoa salad next. Greek Tortellini Salad A good pasta salad is always a hit during the summer, especially when brought to a cookout or potluck! But adding tortellini in place of the pasta takes it to the next level. Greek Pasta Salad is a popular recipe on the site, so I swapped a few ingredients and replaced the pasta with tortellini to create this fun twist on a classic. The tortellini completely change the salad, making it more savory and a lot more cheesy. Greek Tortellini Salad dressing To dress this Greek Tortellini Salad, we combine the ingredients listed below in a jar and shake to combine; it’s easy and quick! You can also use a bottled Greek vinaigrette from the store, and add it to taste over this salad. Olive oil: Since olive oil is the star of the dressing, I recommend a good quality, extra-virgin oil. Red wine vinegar: This variety of vinegar adds an overtly sharp and clean flavor with a hint of fruity aromas. It’s a classic Greek dressing ingredient! Lemon juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice will taste the best and add vibrancy to the salad. Honey: Feel free to add more honey if you find the dressing too tart, and alternatively, start with less if you prefer tangier dressings. Dijon mustard: Don’t use regular yellow mustard; the two don’t interchange well in this dressing. Minced garlic: Grab jarred minced garlic if you’re in a pinch for time, or use a garlic press to mince a clove quickly. Dried oregano: While fresh oregano can certainly be used, I find it a bit overpowering in the salad. Dried oregano disperses more evenly and less intensely in the salad. Salt and pepper: Added to taste preference! Quick tips Use good quality tortellini: There are frozen, fresh, and shelf-stable tortellini to choose from, as well as myriad brands, so it can be overwhelming. If you have a favorite tortellini, use that; otherwise, there are some taste-tested recommendations here and here! Take away the bite of red onion: If you’re sensitive to the flavor of raw red onion, soak the diced onions in salted ice water for 10 minutes. Drain thoroughly before adding to the salad. Salt the water: Since Greek Tortellini Salad is eaten cold, the flavors tend to get muted. Make sure the tortellini are well salted as they cook– and don’t be afraid to add more salt to the finished salad if it needs it. I typically add 1 teaspoon of salt to 4 cups of water. Cook the tortellini to al dente: Since the tortellini sits in dressing, it has a tendency to get soggy if overcooked. Cook the tortellini to the package directions for al dente. Use Persian or English cucumbers: English/Persian cucumbers have smaller seeds that are easier to eat, taste less bitter, have a great crispness, and have a peel that is thinner and more edible. QUICK TIP What does it mean to cook pasta al dente? That’s an Italian phrase that means “to the teeth.” Al dente pasta has a little bit of firmness when you bite it. If you cut a piece of al dente pasta, you’ll see a bit of uncooked starch in the middle. Al dente isn’t uncooked or hard pasta; it’s just ever-so-slightly undercooked. Variations: Add a creamy element, such as a ripe avocado. Since avocados don’t hold up well in the salad, if you use them, add them to individual plates right before serving. Make it a Greek Chicken Tortellini Salad. Add in some diced grilled chicken (rotisserie chicken, Greek-seasoned-and-cooked chicken, or use this delicious chicken marinade). Swap black olives for Kalamata olives if that’s what you have on hand. Add roasted red pepper: Roasted red peppers would make a great complement to the other veggies in this salad. You can buy jars of roasted red peppers at the store; they are usually near things like pickles, capers, and artichoke hearts. Alternatively, a raw red or green pepper would be a great addition. How long will Greek Tortellini Salad last? We prefer it the same day it’s made, as the onion and olive flavors get stronger the longer it sits. The dressing also begins to break down the tortellini. You can refrigerate the ingredients separately in meal prep containers (veggies, tortellini, feta cheese, and dressing) and dress the bowls individually at mealtime. This way, Greek Tortellini Salad will last 4 to 5 days in the fridge. You can find more meal prep tips in this recipe for Greek couscous salad. This salad doesn’t freeze or thaw well, due to all the raw veggies. Tortellini also don’t hold up when frozen and thawed. If you have time, make the dressing in advance. This dressing benefits from being made in advance and chilling in the fridge; the flavors meld and intensify, plus it’s just better chilled! When chilling the dressing, separation is normal. Let it sit out for 5 or so minutes and give it a good shake before adding it to the salad. 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SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Greek Tortellini Salad 4.82 from 11 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Greek Tortellini Salad: salty feta cheese, crisp cucumbers, juicy cherry tomatoes, sharp red onions, and sweet-bitter Kalamata olives are all tossed together with tender cheese-filled tortellini. This salad is tossed in a nutritious and flavorful Greek-inspired vinaigrette. Prep Time 30 minutes Chilling Time 30 minutes Total Time 1 hour Servings 6 as a side dish Calories 383kcal Author Chelsea Lords Cost $6.02 IngredientsSalad▢ 1 package (16 ounces) fresh or frozen cheese-filled tortellini▢ 1/2 cup (60g) red onion, diced▢ 1 cup (125g) English or Persian cucumbers, cut into half moons▢ 1 cup (160g) cherry tomatoes, halved▢ 3/4 cup (93g) Kalamata olives, halved or thinly sliced▢ 1/3 cup (50g) feta cheese, crumbled▢ Optional: 3-4 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsleyDressing▢ 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (90g) olive oil▢ 1 and 1/2 tablespoons EACH: lemon juice, honey, and Dijon mustard▢ 3/4 teaspoons minced garlic▢ 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar▢ 1 and 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano▢ 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt and 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper InstructionsDRESSING: Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a mason jar. Shake thoroughly to combine, making sure no honey or Dijon is stuck on the bottom. Use a spoon to stir, and then shake again if needed. Store dressing in the fridge until ready to use. To serve, shake dressing again, right before adding to the salad, and then drizzle over salad. TORTELLINI: Prepare the tortellini according to package directions. Make sure to generously salt the water (I add 1 teaspoon to every 4 cups of water). Don't forget to salt the pasta water or the whole salad will taste under-seasoned. Drain, rinse under cold water, and toss with 2 tablespoons of the prepared dressing. Set aside in the fridge to chill.VEGGIES: Prepare the veggies: dice the red onion, cut the cucumbers into half moons, halve the cherry tomatoes, halve or slice the olives, crumble or cut the feta cheese into chunks.ASSEMBLE: Toss together the completely cooled tortellini with all the veggies and add in some chopped fresh parsley, if desired. Drizzle on the dressing to your preference; you may not want to use it all (We love dressing, so we use all of it on this salad!). Toss to combine and then add in the feta cheese. Toss again gently. Taste and adjust to personal preference adding any additional salt/pepper as needed. ENJOY: Cover tightly and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Toss once more, serve, and enjoy! Recipe NotesSTORAGE: We prefer this salad the same day it's made, as the onion and olive flavors get stronger the longer it sits. The dressing also begins to break down the tortellini. You can refrigerate the ingredients separately in meal prep containers (veggies, tortellini, feta cheese, and dressing) and dress the bowls individually at mealtime. This way, this Greek tortellini Salad will last 4 to 5 days in the fridge. You can find more meal-prepping tips in this recipe for Greek Couscous Salad. Nutrition FactsServing: 6as a side dish | Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 44.4g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 18.3g | Cholesterol: 39.2mg | Sodium: 496.6mg | Fiber: 2.6g | Sugar: 7g We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.