Saturday, July 30, 2016

Greek Tortellini Salad

Greek Tortellini Salad - loaded with fresh veggies and tortellini pasta.  #salad #pasta #greek @SlowRoasted

Loaded with fresh vegetables and tortellini pasta this Greek Pasta Salad is almost perfect, add a sweet and tangy dressing to the mix and you have yourself a must try recipe!  My new favorite summer salad and I am sure you will love it too.

As temps are starting to warm up, I couldn't wait any longer for a summery salad.  I love love love Greek salad and it sounded absolutely perfect, but with one addition this time:  tortellini.  I have been drooling over a Greek Salad with Tortellini on Maria's blog for over a year now and finally decided that I had to try adding tortellini to my favorite Greek salad recipe.

The only 'rules' in Greek salad are tomatoes, olives, feta and olive oil.  I love mine loaded with crunchy veggies; peppers, red onion and cucumbers added to the tomatoes, Kalamata olives and loads of Feta cheese makes this a fabulous salad that I could eat every day!  But add the salad dressing and I am over the moon, red wine vinegar and olive oil combined with spices and a bit of sugar.

The tortellini is the perfect addition to this salad.  I thought it was perfect before, boy was I wrong.  The tortellini add an unexpected element to this salad.  The pasta adds texture and flavor.  To be honest, I don't think I will ever make Greek salad without tortellini pasta again.


With love from our simple kitchen to yours. 


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Greek Tortellini Salad 
SERVES 8  |  ACTIVE TIME 15 Min  |  TOTAL TIME 15 Minutes

1 orange bell pepper, cut into bite-size pieces
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into bite-size pieces
½ red onion, thinly sliced
1 English cucumber, cut into spears and then quartered
16 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
½ cup sliced Kalamata olives, divided
4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
½ (19 ounce) package tortellini

Greek Salad Dressing
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup red wine vinegar
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon granulated sugar

Bring a large pot of water Cook tortellini according to directions on the package (do not add salt to the water).  Drain and set aside once cooked.

Chop vegetables and set aside.  Mince 1 tablespoon Kalamata olives for the dressing, set aside.  Combine remaining salad ingredients in a large bowl.  Set aside.

In a pint size mason jar add salad dressing ingredients and minced olives.  Be sure to crush oregano with your fingers as you are adding it (to release the flavor). Shake mason jar until dressing is combined.  Pour dressing over salad and gently toss with salad tongs until well coated.

Serve and enjoy.

DONNA’S NOTE:  If you are traveling with this salad or making it ahead, layer it in the order listed (the first ingredient goes in the bottom of the bowl, etc).  Travel with the dressing separately and add it once you are ready to serve it to keep salad perfectly crisp.

Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
Copyright ©2014 The Slow Roasted Italian – All rights reserved.

Originally published  4/28/14


  1. What a gorgeous salad, looks like this has all the components, crunchy, salty, sweet and savory. Love this. Pinned.!

  2. This is perfect. I'm going through a Greek phase right now (including slow cooker gyros, kalamatas, and feta). This salad would be perfect to usher in summer. Now, I just need some baklava!

  3. Glad you liked the recipe!

  4. Do you use beef/pork filled tortellini..or cheese?

    1. I use cheese! I am a cheese fiend. Enjoy!

  5. Has anyone tried this without the olives. I hate olives.

    1. I have not, but I imagine it would still be amazing. The Feta will give it a nice bite. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

  6. I'm making it for my son and wife. Delicious!! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Awesome Elizabeth! Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

  7. Made this last night .. sooo Yummy ! Thanks for sharing

  8. I have made this so many times since first seeing the recipe. Everybody asks for the recipe. Amazing flavors!

  9. I had this salad for a girlfriends dinner. I served it with grilled lemon garlic chicken breasts and grilled pita bread. Delicious. Thanks for sharing. Love your recipes.

  10. what could be used in place of Feta Cheese? I just don't like any kind of moldy cheese. I suppose, I could leave it out completely. I do love most cheeses, just not ones that look modly

  11. First found this recipe a few years ago. Have made it for potlucks and weddings and at the end of this month for yet another wedding. Everyone asks for the recipe. I now have a card I lay beside the salad and if someone wants the recipe they can take a picture with their phone... love the color... looks pretty... tastes excellent.


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