Tortellini and Pepperoni Pasta Salad Recipe
I had some leftover Caesar dressing from our Cajun Caesar Grilled Chicken and decided to make a quick and delicious pasta salad with it. I am not a fan of mayonnaise, so I am always looking for non-mayonnaise pasta salad recipes. A friend sent me this recipe and it sounded right up my alley. It has cheese tortellini, pepperoni, basil, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and caesar dressing. All of my favorites! I used a bottle of Kraft Caesar Vinaigrette dressing for both recipes.
I whipped this up the day before we ate it. I wanted to give it some time to soak up all the flavors. It tasted great! We ate this a couple of days with lunch and dinner. We both really enjoyed all the flavors. This makes a lot, so it would be great for a potluck.
Tortellini and Pepperoni Pasta Salad
1 (20-ounce) package refrigerated cheese tortellini
1 cup fresh mozzarella, cubed
1 cup pepperoni, chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
⅓ cup fresh basil, chopped
2/3 cup Caesar Vinaigrette salad dressing
- Cook tortellini according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water and allow to completely drain.
- In a large bowl, combine cooked tortellini, mozzarella, pepperoni, tomatoes and basil. Pour Caesar salad dressing over mixture, toss well to coat.
- Transfer cooked tortellini to a large bowl and add remaining ingredients. Toss well. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.
I have made this salad several times, and I’m not sure why I haven’t come by to tell you how wonderful it is! I must have spaced it. Anyway, this salad is so simple to put together, and absolutely delicious! Caesar Vinaigrette is that Light Caesar dressing I have been so obsessed with lately. It may be called House Caesar as well, but it’s the non-creamy Caesar dressing anyway. YUM! Everyone enjoyed this salad and not a stitch of it was left. Spring is here, and I’m looking forward to making this again throughout the season. Everyone just gobbles it up.
SO glad you enjoy it, Christine!
This is a fantastic no-fuss pasta salad, perfect to take to cookouts and potlucks. The fresh basil is a must. Don't skip that part. I just don't think dried would do this salad any justice. I absolutely love fresh mozzarella. I used regular sized pepperoni slices and just quartered them, but to save the step, next time I'll use the mini pepperoni slices like the picture shows. Either way it's fantastic! My guests devoured it and I got lots of praises. Thank you Steph for yet another awesome recipe!
This looks good! I wonder if you could also substitute the pepperoni for ham,bacon or salami.