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Caprese Tortellini Pasta Salad

This Caprese tortellini pasta salad recipe is easy, fresh, and bursting with summer flavors! Mozzarella balls, balsamic glaze, basil, and plenty of tomatoes make this dish a winner.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Caprese tortellini pasta salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 487kcal


  • 1 (20 ounce) package refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 dry pint little tomatoes (grape, cherry, etc.) halved
  • 12 ounces mozzarella balls halved
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion optional
  • Generous handful fresh basil sliced/torn thin
  • Balsamic glaze to taste


  • Boil a large, salted pot of water for the tortellini. Cook according to package directions.
  • While the pasta cooks, prep your other ingredients.
  • Once the tortellini is done, rinse it under cold water, drain it for a few minutes, then add it to a large bowl along with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and some salt & pepper (I am generous with both). Toss.
  • Add the tomatoes, mozzarella, onion (if using), and basil to the salad bowl.
  • Add the remaining olive oil and balsamic glaze to the salad and toss. I don't list a quantity for the balsamic glaze because it really depends on your personal preferences. Taste and adjust as needed.
  • You can chill the salad for 30 minutes prior to serving or dig in right away.


  • I prefer buying the mozzarella balls that are packed in oil & herbs because they have more flavor.
  • If you're making this salad ahead, I suggest adding the basil, balsamic drizzle, and second tablespoon of olive oil just prior to serving. 
  • Serves 6-8 as a side dish or 4 as a main course.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information. With this recipe especially, the amounts of ingredients like balsamic glaze will vary.


Calories: 487kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 451mg | Potassium: 7mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 37IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 338mg | Iron: 2mg