Tortellini Caprese Salad

All of my favorite flavors in one delicious side dish! Tortellini Caprese Salad is super easy to prepare and perfect for summer dining.

All of my favorite flavors in one delicious side dish! Tortellini Caprese Salad is super easy to prepare and perfect for summer dining.

Guess what time it is friends? Time for one of our favorite blogger events, the summer edition of Freaky Friday! Once every few months a group of our blogging friends get together, we are each assigned on of the other blogs and set free to choose a recipe from their site to recreate for our site. So I’m making a recipe from another site and someone else makes a recipe from our site. The best part…we don’t know who is assigned who until reveal day and here we are.


Without further ado….I was assigned Tampa Cake Girl! Run by Cyndee, she makes dessert creations that if you are lucky enough to live in the Tampa area you can actually purchase! I remember the first time I ran across Cyndee and Tampa Cake Girl on Facebook a couple of years ago. she posted a Maurice Salad recipe that used to be served at Hudsons department store, it brought back childhood memories.  When it came time for me to choose a recipe to make from her site though my eye was drawn toward her Tortellini Caprese Salad.  I knew it would be a dish that I would love and one that I could tweak a tad so my family would love it too.

If you can boil water you can make this Tortellini Caprese Salad! Let me tell you it is super simple to prepare! Frozen cheese tortellini are the basis, throw in tomatoes, fresh mozzarella a touch (or more if you prefer) of basil and some Balsamic Glaze! That’s it, mix together and you have a wonderful accompaniment to grilled meats, burgers or as a meal in itself. I opted to use garden fresh diced tomatoes, you can certainly use grape tomatoes and I used a minimal amount of basil as my kids are fussy, you can heap on the basil if you’d like.

Until I read Cyndee’s recipe for this salad, I never knew you could purchase something known as Balsamic Glaze. Well you can and it is ah-mazing! You’ll find it in the vinegar section alongside the selection of Balsamic Vinegars, it is thick and syrupy and clings to the tortellini perfectly. I’ve already found so many other uses for it and want to give Cyndee a big thanks for helping me find this gem.

All of my favorite flavors in one delicious side dish! Tortellini Caprese Salad is super easy to prepare and perfect for summer dining.

See that pocket of Balsamic goodness clinging to the tortellini above, DELISH I tell ya! This is the perfect pasta salad to throw together early in the day, fire up the grill and have a simply delicious dinner.

Be sure to check out Tampa Cake Girl for recipe inspiration, I spotted a Tropical Pineapple Trifle that just cries out summer in a dish and a Southern Fried Chicken Salad that needs to go on my menu soon!

Tortellini Caprese Salad

Yield: 6 servings

Tortellini Caprese Salad


  • 1 19 oz pkg frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1 cup tomatoes, diced
  • I cup fresh, mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Balsamic Glaze
  • OPTIONAL: Basil leaves chopped and incorporated and as garnish.


  1. Prepare frozen tortellini according to package directions.
  2. Drain and rinse under cold water until tortellini is cool.
  3. In a bowl, combine all ingredients except Balsamic Glaze.
  4. Drizzle Balsamic Glaze, garnish with additional basil leaves if desired.
  5. If not serving immediately, hold off drizzling with Balsamic Glaze until prior to serving.

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  1. Looks like a great side dish for summer entertaining!

  2. Cydnee Knoth says:

    One of my favorite recipes. Thank you for selecting this one and I think I am going to make it this weekend.

  3. Love anything caprese!! This sounds so yummy!! thanks for always being a part of our group, Lori!

  4. What a beautiful job you have done here, recreating this Tortellini Caprese Salad. This is the perfect summertime salad and I have a feeling it will be loved by old and young alike; great job!!!

  5. This looks like a perfect summer salad and it would be a big hit with my family!

  6. This sounds great! Always looking for more summer salads that will hold up for picnics. This one definitely would be perfect!

  7. I am loving the look and sound of this tortellini salad 🙂 So simple but all the different ingredients are perfect together 🙂 What a gorgeous side dish for summer!

  8. I am so bringing this to my next cook out!

  9. This looks wonderful! My daughter would eat tortellini for every meal. We will be making this super soon!

  10. This would be great for a summer BBQ dish! Such a fun twist on regular pasta salad.

  11. I love love LOVE pasta salads. This one looks so hearty and delicious.

  12. I love the idea of using tortellini instead of regular pasta. The cheese tucked inside of them adds so much to the salad and makes it heartier!

  13. Yum!! I love tortellini…it’s my favorite pasta! This looks so good to me, especially since Caprese salads are one of my favorites! 🙂

  14. So perfect for a summer party!!

  15. So easy to make – and who doesn’t love tortellini??


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