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This Italian Tortellini Pasta Salad is bursting with fun flavors like fresh basil, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni.

If you need a go-to summer time pasta salad that everyone will love….

Look no further. This is the one!

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Italian Tortellini Pasta Salad has been the one dish I know I can put together quickly. It transports easily, please everyone and I always wish I had made a double batch!

There’s something so addicting about the submarine dressing. It’s tangy and herby. The traditional Italian flavors keep them coming back for more.

I start with a batch of homemade Submarine Dressing. This go-to dressing is packed with oil, vinegar and herbs. It delivers that classic Italian sub flavor to this pasta salad.

If time permits, I marinate the mozzarella pearls (you could easily cube up fresh mozzarella for this) for a couple hours to boost them with herby flavor too.

For this Father’s Day weekend, if you’re looking for a hearty pasta salad that dads and kids alike will love, give this one a try!

What’s in your go-to pasta salad? I’d love for you to comment below.

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All my best,
xo Libby

A bowl of Italian Tortellini Pasta Salad with pepperoni, black olives, fresh basil and mozzarella

Italian Tortellini Salad

Libby with Lemony Thyme
If you need a go-to summer time pasta salad that everyone will love….look no further. This Italian Tortellini Salad is bursting with fun flavors like fresh basil, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Marinate Mozzarella (optional) 2 hrs
Course Pasta, Side Dish
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 1 20 ounce package fresh cheese tortellini can sub frozen
  • 1 8 ounce package mozzarella pearls or cubed fresh mozzarella
  • 6 ounces sliced pepperoni cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 6 ounce can small pitted black ripe olives
  • 10 ounces cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves torn
  • 1 recipe submarine dressing recipe link in post

Instructions
 

  • Prepare tortellini according to package instructions. Allow to cool before preparing salad. Prepare Submarine Dressing (recipe link in post). Place mozzarella in a jar and cover with dressing, allow to marinate for 1-2 hours (optional). Toss cooled tortellini with remaining ingredients. Chill or serve at room temperature.

This Italian Pasta Salad is equally delicious made with bowtie (or your favorite) pasta!!