Sun Dried Tomato Tortellini Pasta Salad

This Sun Dried Tomato Tortellini Pasta Salad is so full of flavour and couldn’t be easier to make!

If you’re after a salad worthy of dinner, you’ve come to the right place. This tortellini salad really packs a punch in the flavour department and is so hearty and filling! Follow me…

Sun dried tomato tortellini pasta salad in a large white bowl garnished with basil

Sun Dried Tomato Dressing

The dressing for this pasta salad is really simple, but it really packs a punch. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Sun Dried Tomato Oil – This will come straight out of a jar of sun dried tomatoes.
  • Red Wine Vinegar – Gives a tangy punch of flavour to cut through the rich oil.
  • Dijon Mustard – Adds a mellow warmth and helps emulsify everything.
  • Honey – Balances out the vinegar and mustard.
  • Seasoning – I love adding some oregano and chilli flakes, alongside the obvious salt and pepper!

This salad has some red onion in it, which you can serve with the other fillings if you’d like. I actually love adding it to the dressing to allow it to lightly pickle as it rests. Completely optional though!

Can I make the dressing ahead of time?

Yep! Just tightly store until needed and give it a good whisk before serving. If you’re adding the onion, the longer you leave the dressing, the more pickled the onions will be.

Process shots: add dressing ingredients bar the onion to small jug (photo 1), whisk (photo 2), add onion (photo 3), mix (photo 4).

4 step by step photos showing how to make sun dried tomato salad dressing

Tortellini Pasta Salad

I LOVE using tortellini in a salad. You can switch it up with so many different fillings and it creates the most hearty and delicious pasta salad.

Cooking the tortellini

I find the package instructions overestimate the timings slightly. Just keep in mind you don’t want it too soft otherwise it’ll break apart when you rinse and toss it.

Rinsing the tortellini

Once it’s cooked, you’ll want to rinse in cold water to stop the cooking process. Just be gentle because it can easily tear apart.

Fillings

Alongside the tortellini and dressing, we’ve got some sun dried tomatoes, baby plum tomatoes, olives, feta and fresh basil.

Process shots: add tortellini to bowl (photo 1), add fillings (photo 2), toss with dressing (photo 3).

3 step by step photos showing how to make tortellini pasta salad

Sun Dried Tomato Tortellini Salad FAQ

What kind of tortellini should I use?

To film this time around I used a mix of Prosciutto Cudo and Smoky Chorizo & Bacon, both of which worked really well! Just use your best judgement to suit what you think would pair with the other ingredients (cheese or chicken-based tortellini would both be great).

What if there’s not enough oil in the jar of sun dried tomatoes to use?

Just sub with extra virgin olive oil!

Can I make this ahead of time?

I find this is best made fresh, but you can make the whole salad ahead of time, it’ll just start drying up after a few hours that’s all (it’ll still taste lovely, you just lose the texture of the dressing). Just tightly store in the fridge until needed.

close up shot of sundried tomato tortellini salad garnished with basil

Serving Sun Dried Tomato Pasta Salad

This is obviously perfect for Summer, either as a Lunch or Quick Dinner. I add any leftover fresh basil then great stuck right in!

For my other tortellini pasta salads check out my Caprese Tortellini Pasta Salad and Panzanella Tortellini Pasta Salad!

Alrighty, let’s tuck into this sun dried tomato pasta salad shall we?!

sun dried tomato pasta salad served on small white plate with silver fork

How to make Sun Dried Tomato Tortellini Pasta Salad (Full Recipe & Video)

Sun dried tomato tortellini pasta salad in a large white bowl garnished with basil

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This Sun Dried Tomato Tortellini Pasta Salad is so full of flavour and couldn’t be easier to make!
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 16 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 – 6
Calories 740kcal
Cost £2.50 / $3

Equipment

  • Small Bowl or Jug & Whisk (for dressing)
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Large Pot & Colander (for tortellini)
  • Large Serving Bowl & Salad Tossers or Spatula

Ingredients

Salad

  • 2x 300g/10.5oz packs of Tortellini (see notes)
  • 1x 280g/9.8oz jar of Sun Dried Tomatoes in Oil
  • 150g / 5.3oz Baby Plum or Cherry Tomatoes
  • 120g / 4oz Feta
  • 50g / 1.8oz pitted Black Olives
  • 1 small bunch of Fresh Basil (30g/1oz)
  • 1 small Red Onion (pick the smallest one in the bag)

Dressing

  • 120ml / 1/2 cup Sun Dried Tomato Oil from the jar (top up with Extra Virgin Olive Oil if needed)
  • 60ml / 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tsp EACH: Dijon Mustard, Honey
  • 3/4 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp EACH: Salt, Black Pepper, Chilli Flakes (optional for a dash of spice)

Instructions

  • In a small bowl or jug, measure out 1/2 cup / 120ml of the sun dried tomato oil (top up with extra virgin olive oil if needed). Whisk in the remaining ingredients until well-combined, then finely dice the onion and stir it through the dressing. Leave as you prep everything else and whisk again just before needed.
  • Quarter the baby plum tomatoes, dice the sun dried tomatoes and slice the olives. Finely dice the basil and finely dice or crumble the feta.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the tortellini and cook for a minute or so less than the package instruction (it should be al dente). Drain and gently rinse in cold water until completely cool.
  • In a large serving bowl, toss the tortellini with the fillings and dressing until it’s all evenly combined. Serve and enjoy!

Video

Notes

a) Tortellini – To film I used a mix of Prosciutto Cudo and Smoky Chorizo & Bacon, both worked nicely! You can use your best judgement to suit what you think would pair with the other ingredients (cheese or chicken based tortellini would both be great). I find the package instructions overestimate the timings slightly. Just keep in mind you don’t want it too soft otherwise it’ll break apart when you rinse and toss it.

b) Onion – I like to add this in with the dressing just to allow it to lightly pickle as it rests. If you’d prefer, you can just add it in fresh to the salad.

c) Make Ahead –  You can make the whole salad ahead of time, it’ll just start drying up after a few hours. Which is fine, it’ll still taste lovely, you just lose the texture of the dressing. Just tightly store in the fridge until needed.

d) Calories – Whole recipe divided by 5.

Nutrition

Calories: 740kcal | Carbohydrates: 80.84g | Protein: 25.13g | Fat: 37.49g | Saturated Fat: 11.183g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.487g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20.257g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 995mg | Potassium: 1395mg | Fiber: 7.6g | Sugar: 17.34g | Vitamin A: 1177IU | Vitamin C: 19.6mg | Calcium: 369mg | Iron: 5.93mg

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This Sun Dried Tomato Tortellini Pasta Salad is so full of flavour and couldn’t be easier to make! If you’re after a salad worthy of dinner, you’ve come to the right place. This tortellini salad really packs a punch in the flavour department and is so hearty and filling! Follow me… Sun Dried Tomato Dressing…

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