A tomato-rich dressing boosts the flavor and lowers calories and fat in this tortellini salad (the dressing is also great on green salads or grilled fish). Roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes add a good dose of vitamins A, C and fiber.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 1998


Recipe Summary

40 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook tortellini until just tender, 8 to 12 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water. Transfer to a large bowl.

  • Meanwhile, place sun-dried tomatoes in a small bowl and cover with more boiling water. Let stand for 30 minutes. Drain and coarsely chop.

  • Add the sun-dried tomatoes to the tortellini along with artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, scallions, basil and prosciutto, if using. Season with salt and pepper.

  • To prepare Tomato Vinaigrette: Working over a bowl, rub tomato halves on the large-holed side of a box grater until only the skins remain. Discard the skins. Add vinegar, oil, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper to the tomato juice and whisk until blended.

  • Add the Tomato Vinaigrette to the tortellini salad and toss. Serve the salad on a bed of arugula, if desired.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate Tomato Vinaigrette for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts

255 calories; protein 7.9g; carbohydrates 40.9g; dietary fiber 4.3g; sugars 4.2g; fat 5.5g; saturated fat 2.3g; cholesterol 27mg; vitamin a iu 1410.2IU; vitamin c 15.1mg; folate 14.6mcg; calcium 129.7mg; iron 2mg; magnesium 20.3mg; potassium 197.4mg; sodium 412.8mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
This is an easy dish that uses tomatoes (which we ALWAYS have an abundance of with our garden) and it tastes great! Read More
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Awesome! Big hit and everyone wants it made again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This salad is delicious. I used my favorite cheese tortellini's and I did use the sundried tomatoes in oil which I drained since I had them handy. The scallions give a nice crunch. It's a perfect summer salad. I didn't have the prosciutto on hand the addition of it surely will add to the salad but it's delicious without it. Looking forward to trying more of your recipes. Thank you! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Easy to make keeps well in the frig and very tasty Read More