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A zesty italian salad with tortellini, bacon and vegetables. This salad will be a huge hit wherever you take it! Zesty Tortellini Bacon Vegetable Salad in a clear bowl.

As the warm weather is approaching I get so excited for the family gatherings and barbecues! We dusted off our barbecue for the first time this week. We are seeing glimpses of warm days and we love to be outside.

One of my favorite pasta salads on the blog is this California Spaghetti Salad. I decided to try it out with tortellini and make a couple of changes and the result was amazing!

Ingredients in a clear bowl for Zesty Tortellini Bacon Vegetable Salad.

This tortellini pasta salad is full of such amazing flavors and textures. I loved all of the veggies inside! You can definitely customize the veggies in this salad to your taste. But I loved the tomatoes, bell peppers, red onion, cucumber, and zucchini. It was delicious with the added bacon. But bacon just makes the world a better place doesn’t it? 😉

Zesty Tortellini Bacon Vegetable Salad in a clear bowl.

This tortellini pasta salad is INCREDIBLE! It is a must to take to your upcoming gathering and is sure to be a huge hit!

Close up photo of Zesty Tortellini Bacon Vegetable Salad.

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Zesty Tortellini Bacon Vegetable Salad

5 from 3 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
A zesty italian salad with tortellini, bacon and vegetables. This salad will be a huge hit wherever you take it!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings


  • 1 package 20 oz refrigerated tortellini (I used spinach and cheese)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes chopped in half
  • 2 medium zucchini diced
  • 1 large cucumber diced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 large red onion diced
  • 6 slices bacon cooked and crumbled



  • Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water. Add cherry tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber, green and red bell pepper,red onion, and bacon in a large bowl.
  • To make the dressing: Whisk together italian salad dressing, parmesan cheese, sesame seeds, paprika, celery seed, and garlic powder. Pour over salad and toss until coated. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.


Calories: 297kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 10gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 600mgPotassium: 458mgFiber: 3gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1506IUVitamin C: 63mgCalcium: 118mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American, Italian American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. 5 stars
    We adore this tortellini salad. So many things to love and dressing brings it all together. Like everything about it especially the vegetable selection. Wish I could eat it every day!

  2. 5 stars
    Everyone in the family loves this recipe and I share it with anyone who brings up mixing up meals or adding more veg! We mix it up all the time with different veggies/toppings, whatever we have at the house. This is my kids favorite lunch box meal too! I make a huge batch that will last about 3 days. We like to make an infused oil and herb dressing, let that sit for a day and then toss with pasta salad, but we have used many a store dressings and it disappears just as quickly! Love this recipe!!!!