Garden Fresh Tortellini Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is the perfect way to take advantage of garden-fresh ingredients.

There’s nothing like summer tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, and fresh basil. Take advantage of it while you still can.

Garden Fresh Tortellini Pasta Salad - Juicy tomatoes, cucumbers and corn with creamy avocado, basil and parmesan tossed in lemon vinaigrette with cheese tortellini!! Healthy, easy, ready in 15 minutes!

It’s easy, ready in 15 minutes, there’s loads of flavor, and plenty of texture contrasts. The flavors and ingredients are similar to my recent Italian Chicken Pasta Salad.

Al dente cheese tortellini, juicy tomatoes and corn, crunchy cucumbers, creamy avocado, fragrant basil, and salty parmesan cheese. You could use another favorite crumbled of shredded cheese like feta, blue cheese, or cheddar.

Garden Fresh Tortellini Pasta Salad - Juicy tomatoes, cucumbers and corn with creamy avocado, basil and parmesan tossed in lemon vinaigrette with cheese tortellini!! Healthy, easy, ready in 15 minutes!

Everything is tossed with any easy, whisk-together dressing made with olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, and Italian seasoning. It’s light enough to let the flavor of the fresh ingredients shine through.

It’s healthy, vegetarian, perfect for hectic nights, potlucks, picnics, or parties. It makes a large enough batch that you can have some planned leftovers for work or school lunches.

Garden Fresh Tortellini Pasta Salad - Juicy tomatoes, cucumbers and corn with creamy avocado, basil and parmesan tossed in lemon vinaigrette with cheese tortellini!! Healthy, easy, ready in 15 minutes!

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Garden Fresh Tortellini Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is the perfect way to take advantage of garden-fresh ingredients. It's easy, ready in 15 minutes, there’s loads of flavor, and plenty of texture contrasts. Al dente cheese tortellini, juicy tomatoes and corn, crunchy cucumbers, creamy avocado, fragrant basil, and salty parmesan cheese. Everything is tossed with any easy, whisk-together dressing made with olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, and Italian seasoning. It's light enough to let the flavor of the fresh ingredients shine. It’s healthy, vegetarian, perfect for hectic nights, potlucks, picnics, or parties. It makes a large enough batch that you can have some planned leftovers for work or school lunches.

Yield: serves 4 to 6

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 7 to 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • one 10-ounce package cheese tortellini, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup corn (fresh, or frozen that's been thawed may be used)
  • 1 cup tomatoes, diced (cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in half, may be substituted)
  • 1 cup cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, laid loosely in measuring cup and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, or more if desired (feta, blue cheese, or your favorite shredded or crumbled cheese may be substituted)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil for sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
  • pinch cayenne pepper, optional and to taste

Directions:

  1. Cook tortellini according to package directions, drain, and set aside. While tortellini cooks, prep and chop the remaining ingredients.
  2. To a large bowl, add the avocado, corn, tomatoes, cucumber, basil, parmesan cheese; set aside.
  3. To a large measuring cup or small bowl, add the olive oil, lemon juice (zest the lemon before juicing it), honey, Italian seasoning, lemon lest, salt, pepper, and whisk to combine. Pour dressing over vegetables.
  4. Add the tortellini and toss gently to combine. Taste and check for seasoning balance, making any necessary adjustments (more Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, pinch of cayenne, splash of lemon juice, etc.) before serving. Will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days, noting that the avocado will oxidize as time passes. Serve leftovers chilled or at room temp.

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15 comments

  1. Your pasta salads have all been fabulous and this one looks great too! A friend just gave me a good supply of tomatoes and I have everything for this except tortellini–so I ‘ll be having something very close to it for lunch. I’m going to make a double batch of the vinaigrette to use on my salads this week. I’ll have to get some tortellini and make it again later this week.

    • It’s such a great, fresh, lighter salad that’s perfect for the veggies that we all have on hand this time of year. Enjoy the extra vinaigrette and the salad, with and without the tortellini :)

  2. Tortellini is my favorite pasta ever and this salad looks perfect.  I have so many veggies come in from my CSA I can’t wait to use them in this salad.

    • It’s the perfect salad for using up veggies and sometimes (like this time of year) CSA’s go bonkers! And for trying to make use of everything and sometimes some random veggies, this would be perfect.

  3. Hello! This is perfect! I’ve got cucumbers and basil in my garden along with some ripe avocados just begging to be in this salad! I’m off to get me some tortellini!

  4. This one looks like it would definitely be a crowd pleaser!

  5. Minus the cheese and pasta, I swear, I’ve eaten this the last three days!  I got a ton of corn, cukes, and tomatoes in my CSA, and I’ve been addicted tot he ACV and Italian seasonings combo.  LOVE.  It’s summer taste at it’s best.

    Unrelated – pepperonata is DELICIOUS and kind of similar in herbs/veggies.  I’ve been eating that for dinner the last two nights and its on deck for tonight.  I eat in phases, what can I say?  ;)

    • This is the time of year when CSAs are just blowing up and you have produce coming at you left and right, almost faster than you can use it, and working it into salads like this is how to handle it!

      Never even heard of or tried pepperonata. Off to google it!

  6. I love using tortellinis in pasta salads, they add so much flavor, as always gorgeous dish with fabulous colors, pinning!

  7. Well, you should know by know that this is my jam. LOVE IT!

  8. I’m a sucker for pasta. I can’t have it in the house, or it will be gone … and FAST. This will give me a good excuse to buy it. :)

  9. One of the main reasons why I love your blog is the way you explain your dishes. They sound and look amazing!

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