Put dinner on the table fast!  This tasty Italian Chicken Tortellini Pasta Salad is super easy to make using a bottle of Italian dressing.

What is in this Italian Tortellini Pasta Salad Recipe?

This Italian Tortellini Pasta Salad includes Chicken, Tortellini, garlic, Italian seasoning, tomatoes, cucumbers, and Italian cheese.

Recipes For Our Daily Bread is all about helping you put dinner on the table with quick and easy recipes.  This Tortellini Pasta Salad recipe comes together quickly using a bottle of Italian dressing.

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This Italian Chicken Tortellini Pasta Salad Is Super Easy To Make. It Has Lots Of Flavors, And You Can Eat This Salad Hot Or Cold. #pasta #pastasalad #salad #summerrecipe #easyrecipe

First Step: Prepare the Chicken for this Tortellini Pasta Salad

Season the chicken with garlic and Italian herbs before baking it. 

Easy Steps to Cooking Chicken Breasts

  • The first step to cooking chicken breasts is to trim the fat.  Place the chicken on a cutting board.  Trim the fat and look for any bones that still in the chicken.  The easiest way to trim chicken is by using a pair of kitchen shears. 
  • After you have finished trimming the chicken breasts, dry them with a disposable paper towel.
  • Season the chicken well with granulated garlic and Italian seasonings.
  • Use your meat thermometer. Check the thickest part of the breasts with the meat thermometer. When the temperature reaches 160 to 165 degrees Fahrenheit, it is ready. A large chicken breast will take longer.

After cooking the chicken, chop it into bite-size portions.

Can you use leftover chicken?

Second Step: Tortellini

Pasta is the main ingredient; therefore, you want to make sure it is cooked right.  You do not want to overcook your pasta, or it will end up mushy.  It will also end up mush if you put the pasta in the water before it starts boiling.  Start timing your pasta after adding it to boiling water.

How to Cook Tortellini

  1. Bring 4 to 6 quarts of water to a boil.
  2. Salt it well—at least one tablespoon of salt per pound of pasta.
  3. Cook until it floats. Stir the pasta occasionally.
  4. Drain the pasta and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process.  Rinsing the pasta is a crucial step when making cold pasta.

To Salt or Not To Salt

When eating cold pasta, it is essential to make sure it is well-seasoned when it is cooking.  So YES!  Season your pasta water when cooking pasta.  A warm dish that tastes seasoned can tastes bland when it is cold.  You need to add extra salt to the water.  Before you add any dressing, try your pasta.  Next, adjust the seasoning, especially the salt, before adding extra to the dressing.

Cooking with Frozen Tortellini

Frozen tortellini is used to make this Tortellini Pasta Salad.  Frozen tortellini can last a couple of months in the freezer.

Cooking with Dried Tortellini

Dried Tortellini takes longer to cook than refrigerated or frozen tortellini, but it will also float to the top of the water when it is ready.  The advantage of dried tortellini is you can always have it available.  It lasts up to a year or more in your pantry.

How do you know if tortellini is ready?

Tortellini and other stuffed pasta are easy to tell if they are done because they will puff up and float to the top of the water when they are ready.  If you keep an eye on them, you do not need to set a timer.

Cool Your Pasta or Not Before Adding the Dressing

Not!  Add about half of your salad dressing to the warm pasta and toss it.  The pasta will absorb, and the dressing a lot easier, which means your pasta salad will be well seasoned.

Third Step: Vegetables

While your chicken and pasta are cooking, wash and cut your cherry tomatoes in half.  Slice your cucumber and cut each slice into fourths.

Fourth Step: Toss your Tortellini Pasta Salad Chicken

Next, toss the chicken and Tortellini with cherry tomatoes, Italian cheeses, cucumber, and a cup of Olive Garden Salad Dressing.   Next, toss the pasta with Parmesan cheese.

4:4:1 Rule When Creating Your Pasta Salads

  • 4 cups cooked pasta (8 ounces dry pasta will make 4 cups of cooked pasta)
  • Four cups add-ins, veggies, bacon, peppers, cheese, etc.
  • 1 cup of dressing

If you make the pasta salad the day before, you may need to add a little more dressing.  The pasta may soak up the dressing.

Olive Garden Salad Dressing

What makes this pasta salad quick and easy is Olive Garden Salad Dressing.  It is one of our family’s favorite dressings.  You can easily find this dressing at Wal-Mart or at least at my Wal-Mart.  Olive Garden Salad Dressing makes this pasta a very creamy tortellini pasta salad.   It may be semi-homemade pasta salad using a bottled dressing, but it is indeed Simple and excellent.

Chicken Tortellini Pasta Salad

Another great benefit of this Tortellini Pasta Salad is you can prepare it ahead of time.   I always have a pasta salad in the refrigerator to eat before, during, or after baseball games.  You never know what time we will eat, but we always have something delicious waiting for us.

Tortellini Pasta Salad with Spinach

If you do not like tomatoes or cucumbers or you want to change this salad up, try using spinach.  It is a great choice.  The spinach goes well with the Creamy Italian Dressing.

Tortellini Pasta Salad with Peas

Peas would also work in this Tortellini Pasta Salad.  If you are fixing this pasta salad for kids, they might be more likely to eat it if you replace the cucumber and tomato or spinach for peas.  Although the dressing is so creamy and delicious that your kids might eat any vegetables in this salad.

Other Easy Recipes Made with Tortellini


Tortellini Alfredo



Gotham Steel 5 Quart Multipurpose Pasta Pot with Strainer Lid & Twist and Lock Handles, Nonstick Copper Surface 

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Italian Tortellini Pasta Salad

Put dinner on the table fast!  This tasty Italian Chicken Tortellini Pasta Salad is super easy to make using a bottle of Italian dressing.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: entree
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easy recipe, Italian, Italian food, pasta, pasta salad, quick & easy, quick and easy recipe, Tortellini, tortellini pasta
Servings: 10
Calories: 363kcal


  • 3 chicken breast cooked and chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic per chicken breast to sprinkle on before baking
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning per chicken breast to sprinkle on before baking
  • 20- ounce Tortellini Buitoni Tortellini stuffed with Spinach & Ricotta
  • 1 cucumber chopped into small pieces
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 cup Italian dressing Olive Garden Creamy Italian
  • 1 cup Italian cheese grated
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese to top the pasta salad


  • Season the chicken well with the garlic and Italian seasoning.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.
  • Chop the chicken into bite-size pieces.
  • Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package.
  • Chop the cucumber and the tomato into bite-size pieces. (I used a handful of cherry tomatoes sliced in half).
  • Add all the ingredients including the Italian dressing and the shredded cheese
  • Top with grated Parmesan cheese


Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 622mg | Potassium: 344mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 143IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 148mg | Iron: 2mg

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