Easy tortellini salad and tortellini primavera are both good recipes for cold tortellini pasta salad. They are easy to prepare and perfect as summer side dish.
To make easy tortellini salad, boil lightly salted water in a large pot. Stir in 8 ounces of dried three-cheese tortellini and 6 ounces of dried spinach tortellini, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, and stir occasionally until well cooked but still a bit firm, or about 10 to 11 minutes. Drain, allowing the tortellini to cool, and then toss it together with 1 cup of halved grape tomatoes, 6 ounces of drained and chopped marinated artichoke hearts, 6 ounces of sliced black olives, half of a thinly sliced red onion, ¼ cup of grated carrots, and 1 ½ cups of vinegar and olive oil dressing. Cover and refrigerate for about 3 hours until chilled.
To prepare tortellini primavera, boil lightly salted water in a large pot, and cook 20 ounces of refrigerated cheese tortellini until firm. Drain and stir it in a bowl with 2 cups of halved cherry tomatoes, 1 ½ cups of bite-sized broccoli florets, 1 cup of diced yellow bell pepper, ¾ cup of shredded Parmesan cheese and 6 ounces of cubed pepperoni sausages. Coat with about 1 cup of Italian dressing, and then refrigerate covered for at least 4 hours. If you don’t like the salad dry, then add ¼ cup of Italian dressing.