Easy Tortellini Pesto Salad with Mediterranean inspired fresh ingredients; cheese tortellini, kalamata olives, tomatoes, basil and homemade pesto sauce. This can also be turned into an appetizer!
Tortellini Pesto Salad
Instead of going out during the week for lunch I try to pack my own lunch, but there are days that it just doesn’t happen.
There are a few of my favorite restaurants that I frequent (bagel shop, taqueria, Chinese restaurant) near my office that I eat at.
Another quick lunch is from the a deli at the local grocery store.
I usually order the same things; salads from both the bagel and taqueria, won ton soup from the Chinese restaurant.
Predictable for the most part, but sometimes I’ll order something different so I can get a closer look at the ingredients.
I’ve been eyeing this pesto salad from the deli for awhile and was wondering why the heck they charge so much, so I bought some to taste.
It sure was pretty and very simple, but their pesto was drippy oily.
Definitely not worth the expense. Oh and by the way, my Basil Pesto with Walnuts is way better!
Tortellini With Homemade Pesto Sauce
My basil is still happily growing, so taking advantage of the bounty to make homemade pesto for this salad was quick and easy.
I just tossed some of the same ingredients that the deli used in a bowl and folded in the pesto. DELISH!
Maybe pesto sound fancy and expensive, so they can charge accordingly, but we know better!
Serve this tortellini pesto salad cold or at room temperature as a side dish or you can skewer the ingredients for an appetizer!
What To Serve Pasta With
We ate this with grilled chicken, and the skewers were brought to a picnic.
Perfect finger food if you want to keep your food simple and don’t want to worry about packing utensils!
You can get super creative with this dish as well.
Add diced salami, artichoke hearts for an even heartier salad.
- 1 12 ounce package cheese tortellini (I used fresh) cooked according to packaged directions
- 1 cup kalamata olives, pitted
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes (melody)
- 1 cup mini mozzarella balls
- 1/2 cup Basil Pesto with Walnuts
- fresh basil leaves for skewers
- salt and pepper to taste
- Prepare tortellini according to manufacture's instructions. Keep pasta in a medium bowl and cool in the refrigerator.
- Add olives, tomatoes and mini mozzarella balls to the tortellini.
- Fold in pesto 2 tablespoons at a time until all ingredients are lightly dressed.
For Tortellini Skewers
- Thread kalamata olives, tortellini, tomatoes, mini mozzarella balls with fresh basil on wooden skewers.
- Serve with fresh pesto on the side for dipping.
If you can't find mozzarella balls, dice a block of mozzarella into bite size chunks.
Cherry or grape tomatoes can be used in place of the melody version.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 446Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 782mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 20g
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