Easy Pesto Tortellini Salad

Pesto Tortellini Salad is a quick and easy, Mediterranean-inspired pasta salad that’s perfect for parties, cookouts, potlucks and random weeknight dinners!

It’s abundant with bold flavor from briny black olives and capers, sweet sun-dried tomatoes, fragrant basil pesto, peppery arugula and citrusy lemon.


Cheese Tortellini Pesto Lemon Juice Black Pepper Baby Arugula

Make the dressing by whisking together the pesto, lemon juice and black pepper in a bowl that is large enough to hold all the other ingredients. Set this aside.

Once the water comes to a boil, add salt, then the pasta, stirring frequently.

When the tortellini is al dente, drain them well in a colander, quickly rinse them with cold water, then add them to the bowl with the pesto dressing. Carefully mix the pasta and dressing together until the pasta is well-coated.

Next, fold in the arugula or spinach (if including), artichoke hearts, olives, sun-dried tomatoes and capers and gently stir until well-combined.

You can certainly serve this dish warm immediately. Otherwise, refrigerate it for at least 1 hour to serve a traditional chilled pasta salad.

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