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Tortellini Picnic Salad Recipe

Tortellini Picnic Salad

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"I make this tortellini salad for all get-togethers, and everybody LOVES it. It is always gone."

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Original recipe makes 10 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    1 hr 25 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook tortellini in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until pasta floats to the surface, about 5 minutes. Drain.
  2. Mix tortellini, feta cheese, tomatoes, olives, walnuts, green onions, and garlic together in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk vinegar, olive oil, and basil together in a separate small bowl. Pour dressing over tortellini mixture; toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt. Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 01, 2012

Fanstatic! I am always leary about pasta salads...not sure why, just am. Myself & my girls totally loved this recipe. I can't really say I did things differently, I did stick to the recipe, but as I only had Tomato & Basil Feta and a 4.25oz can chopped olives, I used them & removed the seeds from the tomatoes before chopping. Follow the recipe to a T. At 1st I thought the white vinegar was going to over power the ingredients but I was totally wrong. This recipe worked, there was a pleasant and nice zing of flavor & my use of the seasoned Feta I had...did enhance the recipe thoroughly. I seriously doubt, I will use plain feta in the recipe at all. I totally will make again and Will look for the Tri-colored cheese tortellini for the next round. Can't say anything bad about the recipe....and surprisingly..the walnuts work too! Go figure. TY TY!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 24, 2013

Loved all the ingredients but it was way too much vinegar for us; if I try it again I definitely would reduce vinegar amount


11 Ratings

May 28, 2012

I really enjoyed this salad. I used almonds instead of walnuts. I like the crunch it gave the salad. I only used 4 ounces of feta cheese. Next time I think I use less oil and vinegar.

May 04, 2014

Way too much vinegar. Will try again with half as much, sub Water or more oil.

Nov 18, 2013

Sooo yummy. We used 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar and 1/2 cup White Vinegar. We also substituted almonds for walnuts simply because we didn't have walnuts. Will most definitely use this recipe again.

May 21, 2015

We really enjoyed this tortellini salad. I was a little nervous about the vinegar after reading some of the reviews, but for my DH and I, it was perfect. It definitely is better the second day when the flavors have had time to marry. We don't care for olives, so I subbed diced cucumber and it worked for us. I would make this exactly the same way, next time.

Mar 11, 2015

I made this without the green onions and just added chopped fresh basil. I also used only about 1/4 C vinegar. Instead of 2 packages (9 oz / 250 g. each) of tortellini, I would use 3 packages with the same amount of other ingredients next time. The walnuts really made it good. I would like to try adding green onions next time.

Aug 04, 2015

This was very nice. I made it exactly as written, except that I used a whole 20-oz. package of Buitoni "Three Cheese" tortellini (i.e., a little more than called for), and skipped the salt. It lasted me for 4 or 5 meals, I think, and I have to say that the final leftovers weren't all that great (a little soggy) - not surprisingly. But before then, it was a very tasty and filling salad.


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  • Calories
  • 387 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 29.5 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 43 mg
  • 14%
  • Fat
  • 25.9 g
  • 40%
  • Fiber
  • 3.1 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 12 g
  • 24%
  • Sodium
  • 600 mg
  • 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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