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Bruschetta Tortellini Pasta Salad

This unfussy Bruschetta Tortellini Pasta Salad is the perfect summer side—and it takes just a measly 20 minutes to throw together.

Big bowl of tortellini pasta salad.

Bowl of bruschetta mix.

Popping in today to hook you up with a cool and simple recipe to beat this ridiculous heat. As much as I love summer grilling, I have to take a hard pass on it some days. Our temps here in NC have been in the high 90s with a humidity that sticks to the skin like sap. When that’s the case, cold meals are the go-to in this house. And after a sweltering afternoon spent in the yard pulling deeply-rooted weeds (so deeply rooted that I disturbed a few ecosystems), a chilled dinner was definitely in the cards. 

This tortellini pasta salad can be portioned out as a dinner or as a side. It uses fresh pillowy cheese tortellini, a refreshing homemade bruschetta mix, and a drizzle of thick and tangy balsamic glaze to finish things off. I like to use spinach and cheese tortellini. I have yet to try other variations, but if you do, let me know about it in the comments!

Away from the table…

— Shirley Manson from Garbage recently launched her own podcast called The Jump. This week she chats with Courtney Love, and my angsty 90s heart can’t handle it. You can listen to the episode here.

— I’m getting back into yoga postpartum, and I’ve fallen in love with the Down Dog app all over again. I thought I’d share it with you because before discovering this app, I struggled to find online yoga practices that appealed to me—but this one is awesome!

— People seem to be getting into the groove of eating less meat and, in response, the meat industry is coming together to work on a more sustainable approach for climate-conscious consumers. This is great news! And it’s proof that every little bit counts when it comes to lending a hand in making a difference.

— Yogurt has decreased in popularity over the years. But Chobani has responded in quite a clever way! Check out their new nut butter blends.

If you try this recipe or create your own variation, let me know in the comments! I love connecting with you. Then snap a photo and tag me on the Insta @killing__thyme to be featured in our newsletter.

Bruschetta pasta salad being drizzled with balsamic glaze.

Big bowl of Bruschetta Tortellini Pasta Salad.

5 from 9 votes

Bruschetta Tortellini Pasta Salad

This unfussy Bruschetta Tortellini Pasta Salad is the perfect summer side and takes a measly 20 minutes to throw together.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword easy, Italian, Pasta, quick, Side dish, summer, tortellini, vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Dana Sandonato


  • 20 oz fresh spinach and cheese tortellini Frozen can also be used
  • 6.5 oz grape tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 8 fresh basil leaves, ribboned or torn
  • 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • Cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1-2 TBSP balsamic glaze or reduction (Optional)


  • Cook the tortellini as per the package's directions. When done, drain and rinse under cool water; set aside.
  • Place the tomatoes, garlic, and basil into a large mixing bowl. (Leave some basil aside for garnish if desired.)
  • Add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Gently toss the tortellini until the salad is well mixed. Garnish the salad with some extra basil, and drizzle the salad with a balsamic glaze.
  • Serve the salad at room temperature or cold.


If you refrigerate the tortellini salad before serving, drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar over it and give it another light toss to separate the sticky tortellini.


  • Daniela
    July 24, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    5 stars
    This pasta salad is beautiful! I also love the flavor combination; it’s just perfect for summer. Definitely making this later this week!

  • Trish Bozeman
    July 23, 2019 at 10:54 am

    5 stars
    I made my very first tortellini pasta salad a couple of weeks ago, like Italian style and now I am HOOKED! It’s like cheesy cold pasta. I’m dying to try out this bruschetta version, it looks fantastic!

  • Debra
    July 22, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    5 stars
    Love how bright and colorful this salad is. Another great way to enjoy summer’s great tomatoes. A great option for bagged lunch too.

  • Jenni LeBaron
    July 22, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    5 stars
    This bruschetta tortellini pasta salad is equally gorgeous as it is delicious. I am about to be up to my elbows in tomatoes on the vine so I can’t wait to use them in this. I also love your away from the table section. I am intrigued about why yogurt is falling in popularity because I eat it almost every day. Those nut butter blends sound delicious!

    • Killing Thyme
      August 22, 2019 at 9:08 am

      I’m glad you’re enjoying my “away from the table” tidbits! It’s a fun way to connect with readers, I think. I was really surprised to read that about yogurt too. I eat it often! I love the stuff! And the huge selection at the grocery store would suggest people are still really into it.

  • Marisa F. Stewart
    July 22, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    5 stars
    Who needs anything else when you have a delicious salad. This would be great for a picnic, or barbecue. I really love salads that you can make ahead and then enjoy the company when they arrive.

  • Donna
    July 21, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    5 stars
    20 minutes…I am all in!! I love the addition of tortellini in salads, it definitely makes for a belly filling meal!! And that balsamic glaze just takes it to the next level

  • Sandra Shaffer
    July 20, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    5 stars
    Simple to put together and really packs a punch of flavor! Shared this at a bbq along with grilled chicken. Not a bite was left. Thank you!

    • Killing Thyme
      August 22, 2019 at 9:06 am

      Love it! This would go great with grilled chicken. Thrilled everyone enjoyed it :)

  • Pam Greer
    July 20, 2019 at 10:43 am

    5 stars
    I made this the very day you posted the recipe, it looked that good! And, it was delicious! This is going in regular rotation at our house!

  • Gloria
    July 19, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    5 stars
    This is the kind of salad I can make a meal on. The perfect cold pasta salad for a hot summer night….especially when you don’t feel like cooking. All the flavours go so well together. I could eat this for days!!


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