Feta Cheese Pasta Primavera Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this delightful #pasta #salad is great for #tailgating parties, potlucks or any backyard #BBQ. #tortellini #pepperoni #olives #broccoli #tomatoes

Feta Cheese Pasta Primavera Salad

October 13, 2017Teresa

I’ve got a delightful pasta salad recipe for you today! Feta Cheese Pasta Primavera Salad is a fabulous take on pasta salad that is just wonderful. This one starts with cheese tortellini. Then you add bell pepper, green onions, olives, pepperoni, matchsticks carrots, grape tomatoes and herbed feta cheese before adding a zesty Italian dressing. It’s a terrific make-ahead salad that’s great for potlucks, family reunions, backyard barbecues or grilling out with friends.

It’s still pretty hot here in Texas so we still enjoy having cold salads like this to serve with sandwiches, hamburgers or even steaks. But as it happened, I was recruited to make a few goodies for a youth fellowship at our church. One of the families was grilling hamburgers and asked for others to make sides. I decided to make this salad along with some cookies. I have to admit, I thought this turned out extremely well.

Most of you who follow my blog know that I try a LOT of new recipes. Some recipes are definitely better than others. Many I can change or add ingredients to on the fly so they turn out better than the original recipe. I have remade hundreds of other recipes because they included ingredients we don’t like or because I know the outcome wouldn’t be quite as nice as I would like. Rarely do I find a recipe that I keep just the way it is. This is one of those recipes that has a great starting point, but I chose to embellish it a little more.

I didn’t blanch the broccoli before using it. We prefer it raw and chunky. I added pepperoni, olives and bell pepper. I ended up using a feta cheese with garlic and herbs that also bumped up the flavors in the salad. Then I used a zesty Italian dressing rather than regular to amp up the flavors. I thought the taste and texture turned out fantastic. In fact, it was so good that this is one of those recipes that I will make frequently in the future.

If you’re looking for a terrific salad to make for company or even family dinners (whether you live in a hot climate like us, or not), give this delectable Feta Cheese Pasta Primavera Salad a try sometime. It certainly is refreshing and delicious.

Feta Cheese Pasta Primavera Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this delightful #pasta #salad is great for #tailgating parties, potlucks or any backyard #BBQ. #tortellini #pepperoni #olives #broccoli #tomatoes

Feta Cheese Pasta Primavera Salad is a delightful salad for potlucks, backyard BBQs or family reunions.

Feta Cheese Pasta Primavera Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this delightful #pasta #salad is great for #tailgating parties, potlucks or any backyard #BBQ. #tortellini #pepperoni #olives #broccoli #tomatoes

This is also a great pasta salad to dig into for tailgating parties.

Feta Cheese Pasta Primavera Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this delightful #pasta #salad is great for #tailgating parties, potlucks or any backyard #BBQ. #tortellini #pepperoni #olives #broccoli #tomatoes

This salad is filled with cheese tortellini, broccoli, tomatoes, bell pepper, green onions, olives, pepperoni and feta cheese.

Here’s what I did.

Feta Cheese Pasta Primavera Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this delightful #pasta #salad is great for #tailgating parties, potlucks or any backyard #BBQ. #tortellini #pepperoni #olives #broccoli #tomatoes

I used these ingredients for the salad.

Feta Cheese Pasta Primavera Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this delightful #pasta #salad is great for #tailgating parties, potlucks or any backyard #BBQ. #tortellini #pepperoni #olives #broccoli #tomatoes

Cook tortellini according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Drain again. Place tortellini in a large salad bowl.

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Add halved grape tomatoes, broccoli florets, diced green onion, bell pepper and matchsticks carrots.

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Add sliced olives, quartered pepperoni slices and feta cheese with herbs.

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Add part of the zesty Italian dressing. 

Feta Cheese Pasta Primavera Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this delightful #pasta #salad is great for #tailgating parties, potlucks or any backyard #BBQ. #tortellini #pepperoni #olives #broccoli #tomatoes

Stir ingredients to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Add additional zesty Italian dressing and, if desired, sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Feta Cheese Pasta Primavera Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this delightful #pasta #salad is great for #tailgating parties, potlucks or any backyard #BBQ. #tortellini #pepperoni #olives #broccoli #tomatoes

This pasta salad is actually pretty hearty and filling. It’s great for lunches, too.

Feta Cheese Pasta Primavera Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this delightful #pasta #salad is great for #tailgating parties, potlucks or any backyard #BBQ. #tortellini #pepperoni #olives #broccoli #tomatoes

Feta Cheese Pasta Primavera Salad is a great salad to serve company–especially when you’re having friends over for a backyard barbecue.

Here’s the recipe.

FETA CHEESE PASTA PRIMAVERA SALAD

(Recipe inspired from What’s Cooking America?)

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This delicious pasta salad includes feta cheese with garlic and herbs, tortellini, pepperoni, olives, bell pepper, tomatoes, broccoli and matchsticks carrots in a zesty Italian seasoning. It's terrific for potlucks, backyard BBQs, tailgating parties or family reunions.
Feta Cheese Pasta Primavera Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this delightful #pasta #salad is great for #tailgating parties, potlucks or any backyard #BBQ. #tortellini #pepperoni #olives #broccoli #tomatoes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
Ingredients
Feta Cheese Pasta Primavera Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this delightful #pasta #salad is great for #tailgating parties, potlucks or any backyard #BBQ. #tortellini #pepperoni #olives #broccoli #tomatoes
Instructions
  1. Prepare tortellini according to package directions; rinse and drain in cold water.
  2. Place tortellini in a large bowl.
  3. Add broccoli, tomatoes, matchsticks carrots, feta cheese, olives, bell pepper, pepperoni pieces, green onions and one cup Italian salad dressing.
  4. Stir gently until blended.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  6. If necessary, add additional salad dressing if all the dressing has absorbed into the tortellini and veggies.
  7. If desired, sprinkle top of salad with freshly grated parmesan cheese for garnish.
Recipe Notes
Recipe inspired from What's Cooking America?
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen
Feta Cheese Pasta Primavera Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this delightful #pasta #salad is great for #tailgating parties, potlucks or any backyard #BBQ. #tortellini #pepperoni #olives #broccoli #tomatoes

If you enjoy pasta salad recipes, you’ll love this Feta Cheese Pasta Primavera Salad

Feta Cheese Pasta Primavera Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this delightful #pasta #salad is great for #tailgating parties, potlucks or any backyard #BBQ. #tortellini #pepperoni #olives #broccoli #tomatoes

The Feta cheese with herbs and the zesty Italian dressing really increase the flavor of this salad.

Feta Cheese Pasta Primavera Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this delightful #pasta #salad is great for #tailgating parties, potlucks or any backyard #BBQ. #tortellini #pepperoni #olives #broccoli #tomatoes

It’s time to try a bite. 🙂

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Print Recipe
Feta Cheese Pasta Primavera Salad BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
This delicious pasta salad includes feta cheese with garlic and herbs, tortellini, pepperoni, olives, bell pepper, tomatoes, broccoli and matchsticks carrots in a zesty Italian seasoning. It's terrific for potlucks, backyard BBQs, tailgating parties or family reunions.
Feta Cheese Pasta Primavera Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this delightful #pasta #salad is great for #tailgating parties, potlucks or any backyard #BBQ. #tortellini #pepperoni #olives #broccoli #tomatoes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
Ingredients
Feta Cheese Pasta Primavera Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this delightful #pasta #salad is great for #tailgating parties, potlucks or any backyard #BBQ. #tortellini #pepperoni #olives #broccoli #tomatoes
Instructions
  1. Prepare tortellini according to package directions; rinse and drain in cold water.
  2. Place tortellini in a large bowl.
  3. Add broccoli, tomatoes, matchsticks carrots, feta cheese, olives, bell pepper, pepperoni pieces, green onions and one cup Italian salad dressing.
  4. Stir gently until blended.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  6. If necessary, add additional salad dressing if all the dressing has absorbed into the tortellini and veggies.
  7. If desired, sprinkle top of salad with freshly grated parmesan cheese for garnish.
Recipe Notes
Recipe inspired from What's Cooking America?
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

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