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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 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinate Mozzarella (optional) 2 hours
Course Pasta, Side Dish
Servings 8


  • 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


  • 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.