July 29, 2015

Summer Vegetable Tortellini Salad

Summer Vegetable Tortellini Salad ~ Loaded with cheese-stuffed tortellini, fresh-from-the-garden zucchini and summer squash, and dressed with a zippy lemony dill vinaigrette.  So fabulously tasty, you'll need to make a double batch!

Summer Vegetable Tortellini Salad

It is truly amazing how much my husband can eat.  Generally when I cook, I make double what you would think two people could eat.

And it still gets gone.

You would think after 12 years of this, I would be used to it.  But no.  His appetite still amazes me every time.

And so, it was no different with this Summer Vegetable Tortellini Salad.

I made a double batch  ... what I thought  was a huge batch ... and planned for us to eat it over {at least} several days.  I mean, a double batch is 2 pounds of tortellini and about 10 cups of fresh vegetables, give-or-take a little.  I mean, that's a huge  salad!  Don't you think?

Want to guess how long it lasted in our house?  Go ahead.  Take a guess.

2 days!!

That's it.  2 days.  And gone.  {I truly envy his fast metabolism.}

But I guess with a salad as tasty as this Summer Vegetable Tortellini Salad, I can't say I blame him for gobbling it up so quickly.  Loaded with cheese-stuffed tortellini, fresh-from-the-garden zucchini and summer squash, and cherry tomatoes, all dressed with a lemony dill vinaigrette, it's truly hard to resist.

Summer Vegetable Tortellini Salad

Besides it's fabulous deliciousness, another beauty of this salad is its versatility.  You can use pretty much any vegetables you'd like.  I personally love the zucchini/summer squash/cherry tomatoes combination, but it can certainly be changed up to suit personal tastes or to accommodate what's on hand in the refrigerator.

I cut the zucchini and summer squash into large matchsticks, like this ...

Zucchini Matchsticks

... and blanch it.  I think the matchstick shape contrasts nicely against the 'rounded' shapes of the tortellini and cherry tomatoes.  And I like the texture of blanched squash in the salad better than raw.  Blanched carrots also work wonderfully, as would a whole host of other fresh summer vegetables.

So grab your fresh-from-the-garden zucchini and summer squash, or whatever other vegetables you love, and whip up a bowl of Summer Vegetable Tortellini Salad.

But be warned ... If you've got a big eater in the house like my husband, you'll need to make a double batch!

Summer Vegetable Tortellini Salad
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Summer Vegetable Tortellini Salad
Source:  My Mom
(Printable recipe)
  • 1 lb. frozen or refrigerated-fresh cheese tortellini {tri-color or regular}
  • 4 c. zucchini & summer squash, cut into thick matchsticks or cubed
  • 1 c. halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 c. white wine vinegar
  • 1/3 c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 T. fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tsp. prepared yellow mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, very finely minced
  • 1 tsp. dried dill weed
  • 1/2 tsp. ground thyme
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add zucchini and summer squash and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes to blanch. {Don't wait for the water to return to a boil to begin timing the 3 minutes ~ begin timing as soon as the squash is in the pot.} Working quickly, use a large slotted spoon to scoop squash from the pot into a colander. Rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain completely. Place in a large serving bowl.
  2. Return water to a boil. Add tortellini and cook according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water; drain well. Add to the bowl with the squash. Add tomatoes and gently toss to combine.
  3. Combine vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, dill weed, thyme, salt, and pepper; whisk until well blended. Pour dressing over tortellini mixture and gently toss to coat.
  4. Chill at least 2 hours before serving to allow flavors to meld.

Please enjoy these other delicious summer salads from The Kitchen is My Playground ...


  1. I've been keeping my meals nice and lite since it's been so hot out and this looks perfect! Plus I have a ton of zucchini so I can use it up too!

    1. Yes, this tortellini salad is a GREAT way to use some of that summer zucchini. Enjoy!

  2. This is a wonderful combination of flavors. I know what you mean about your hubby's appetite. Mine is the same way ( wink) Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. xo

    1. At least we have someone to gobble up all that cooking and baking we like to do! :-)

  3. I love tortellini, I should make it more often! This salad looks like a perfect summer time dinner or picnic potluck item.

    1. Thank you so much, Joann. Yes, this is a perfect potluck or picnic dish. In fact, I'm bringing a big bowl to a potluck tonight!

  4. I just love the dill in this salad, what a great summer salad. We always enjoy your post at Full Plate Thursday and thanks so much for sharing them with us. Hope you have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. Tracey - Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. Stop by today and check out my Tuesday Treasures where you will see your Tortellini salad featured! I love just about anything with tortellini so this is sure to be on my menu soon!


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