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Mediterranean Tortellini Salad

Mediterranean Tortellini Salad - a simple, fresh recipe combining cheese tortellini with tomatoes, artichokes, Kalamata olives and a red-wine vinaigrette.
When I hear the word Mediterranean, my mind immediately goes to Christmas morning, year 2008…

My parents love to travel, and growing up, we were fortunate to be included on some of their adventures. They took us to Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Costa Rica, Canada, Mexico… Ok, let’s be honest. We were spoiled children. Well, either spoiled or extremely blessed.

This one particular Christmas in 2008, we opened our presents and thought it was time to move on to mom’s Christmas morning breakfast of German Pancakes and Brown Sugar Bacon…but wait! My parents informed us there was one more present left, one for the whole family to enjoy. We ripped open the wrapping paper to find a calendar for the upcoming year. Quickly flipping through the pages, we stopped on the month of June where we saw writing with an arrow blocking out two weeks…it read “Mediterranean Cruise!” Oh baby, we couldn’t have been more excited…jumping around screaming, running amuck through the shredded wrapping paper and untied ribbons.

All that excitement, all that anticipation…and then…the market dropped. I’m sure most Americans remember that year as a struggle. My dad builds custom homes as a living, and that year, no one was building custom homes. And no one was going on Mediterranean cruises.

Including us.

Mediterranean Tortellini Salad - a simple, fresh recipe combining cheese tortellini with tomatoes, artichokes, Kalamata olives and a red-wine vinaigrette.
I tell this story not because I’m disappointed and sad about not going on that cruise. We all understood. I tell the story because the fact I haven’t explored the Mediterranean yet makes it even more mysterious and intriguing. I’m even more anxious and excited to go explore it. Someday I’ll get to go and enjoy the bright colors, vibrant culture and deliciously fresh food in person.

But for now, I’ll have to make do with creating those fresh flavors in my own kitchen.

So here it is: Mediterranean Tortellini Salad. Simple, fresh and flavorful, just how it should be. For now, I’m eating it in my basement apartment in Salt Lake City. But some day, I’ll be eating it on a sunny porch somewhere in the Mediterranean.

Mediterranean Tortellini Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4-6


  • 1 lbs. frozen or fresh cheese tortellini pasta
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 4-5 marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1/3 cup kalamata Olives
  • 1/3 cup feta Cheese
  • Fresh basil for topping
  • Red Wine Vinaigrette
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • Zest from one lemon
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Cook the tortellini according to package. Drain pasta water and set aside.
  2. Make the vinaigrette by adding red-wine vinegar, lemon, garlic and sugar to a food processor or blender. Blend until mixed.
  3. Slowly drizzle the olive oil into the dressing, allowing it to emulsify. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
  4. Chop the cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts and olives into bite-size pieces.
  5. Combine pasta, sun-dried and cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts and olives in a large bowl. Toss with desired amount of dressing and top with fresh basil and feta cheese.

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  • Reply candy August 12, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Mediterranean version of tortillini sound delicious right now. Will have to add this to the menu for this week.

    • Reply Sarah August 14, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      Let us know how you like it! Always fun to mix things up 🙂

  • Reply Ashley August 12, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    This looks so fresh and delicious! Will for sure try this out on the hubby!

    • Reply Sarah August 14, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      That’s why we like it…so simple, but fresh as it gets! Let us know how you and the hubby like it!

  • Reply Kritika August 12, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    This looks so delicious! Will try it out sometime this week 🙂

    • Reply Sarah August 14, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      Kritika, let us know how it turns out!

  • Reply Maggie Unzueta August 12, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Oh yum yum! This looks like the perfect summer salad.

    • Reply Sarah August 14, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      Maggie, it is a yummy one for summer! We’re gonna hold onto these last few weeks of summer by eating fresh, summery food! Hope you enjoy.

  • Reply Mickey Eastin August 12, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    I am totally craving this right now. Love the colors and can taste the flavors popping in my mouth!

    • Reply Sarah August 14, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      Mickey, We’re all about bright colors when it comes to food! Hope you enjoy it in person as much as you enjoy thinking about it 😉

  • Reply NiciaBrighteyes August 13, 2016 at 12:34 am

    This looks delicious! Definitely adding to date night recipes.

    • Reply Sarah August 14, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      Thanks! Hope you like it 🙂

  • Reply Sam Franklin August 14, 2016 at 6:16 am

    This looks sooo good! We always eat tortellini but I never think to put it in a salad – thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Reply Sarah August 14, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      Sam, you’re so welcome! It’s always fun to find new ways to eat your fav foods, right? Hope you like trying tortellini in your salad 🙂

  • Reply Natalie @ Obsessive Cooking Disorder August 14, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    You did quite a bit a traveling – not spoiled, but very very cultured 😉 Looks delish

  • Reply chloe | boxwood avenue August 16, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    This salad is so fresh! I love a cold pasta salad that isn’t heavy!

    • Reply Elizabeth August 18, 2016 at 8:33 am

      Chloe, I agree with you. this one is mainly filled with fresh veggies, so it is pretty light. Enjoy!

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