Strawberry and Tortellini Salad

by simplylife on June 19, 2012

The weather is supposed to reach the 90’s this week.

I’m not prepared.  Our air conditioners are still in the basement.  Our fans are buried in a closest.  My favorite summer dresses look more like a bundle of wrinkles than anything wearable.

However, when it comes to meals, that is one area I have planned ahead.  I know I will not want to spend time standing over a hot stove or sweating while I eat a meal (I’ve definitely done that too many times to share).

That’s where this Strawberry and Tortellini Salad comes into play.  It uses fresh greens from our CSA, strawberries we recently picked and pesto tortellini to create the perfect dish for a summer day!


Strawberry and Tortellini Salad

by Simply Life

Inspired by Keep It Skinny

Keywords: entree salad side vegetarian pecans nuts cheese leafy greens summer


  • 1 cup pesto tortellini (or other tortellini of your choice)
  • Spring lettuce mix (we used a mix primarily of romaine and arugula from our CSA)
  • 1-2 oz. feta, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 5 fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped (optional)
  • Balsamic vinaigrette (or other dressing of choice)


1. Cook tortellini according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water (or set aside) until cool.

2. Toss with remaining ingredients. Serve at room temperature and enjoy!

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  • Lisa Eirene

    What a cool idea! I never thought about doing something like that.

  • Colleen

    I love this! I haven’t ever thought to put this combo of ingredients together. It’s perfect!

  • Hillary

    You can pretty much put tortellini in anything, and I’m a happy camper. Yum!

    Hope you’re feeling better!

    • Simply Life


  • Emily @ A Cambridge Story

    What a perfect heat wave meal! Cold pasta salads are just perfect in the summer.

  • Yummychunklet

    Strawberries in salads are great!

  • Zoe

    This is an interesting combination! I have tried eating strawberries with savory and I think this is beautiful.

  • Jolene (

    Tortellini in salad!!!! Wild!!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    Oohh I love this!! Great summer recipe 😀

  • Baking Serendipity

    It’s going to be hot in Cleveland this week too…and I keep roasting fruit (because I’m nuts). I definitely need this salad in my life instead. I love it!

    • Simply Life

      I haven’t roasted fruit yet but definitely want to try that!

  • Megan

    This looks absolutely perfect for the hot, hot weather coming tomorrow!

  • Laura @ LauraLivesLife

    When I saw the title of this post I was totally sold! Sounds and looks amazing!

  • Kari

    What a great combination of ingredients! I would never have thought of pairing tortellini with the other ingredients here, but I can see how it would work beautifully.

  • Blackswan

    I did a Strawberry Salad sometime ago but I reckon it’ll be better adding your extra ingredients like Tortellini. Yum!

  • Brittany

    This salad looks perfect for 90degree weather!! I am always more prepared when it comes to food over anything else.

  • Rebecca

    I love fruit in salads! And your pictures are gorgeous, as always.

    • Simply Life

      Thank You! 🙂

  • Decocinasytacones

    I love the combo of fruit and salad, with a nice vinaigrette and some pasta…..and if besides, it has some pecans, the salad is perfect…..

  • Kelly @ Leafy Not Beefy

    Yum! As always, it looks amazing. Hope your throat is better and you’re feeling better today. It’s in the mid-90’s here today too… fun (I kid, I’m not a fan of heat/humidity, but oh well, there are worse things I suppose)

  • Colleen

    Sounds like a delicious (and refreshing) combo!

  • Chuck

    Such a beautiful and colorful salad. Yummy!

  • Del Mar Dentist

    Best looking salad I’ve ever seen. That’s really creative of you. Did you come up with the recipe? I love salads and I’m going to try it this weekend. Thanks!

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    Interesting! I’ve never thought of adding tortellini to a cold/green salad before, but it looks good!

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