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Tortellini Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, & Fresh Corn

This delicious tortellini pasta salad — studded with bright, juicy tomatoes, fresh sweet corn, and ribbons of basil — is sure to become your favorite summer side dish or light supper!

Tortellini Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, and Fresh Corn ~ a perfect summer side dish or light supper! | FiveHeartHome.com

Happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone! I’m popping in on Saturday with a quick post because, in case you’re still looking for a summer side dish to enjoy this weekend, I didn’t want you to miss the best tortellini salad EVER!

Tortellini Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, and Fresh Corn ~ a perfect summer side dish or light supper! | FiveHeartHome.com

This fresh, delectable pasta salad starts with frozen (or fresh, if you prefer) tortellini, boiled and cooled. Then you simply toss in some of the flavors of summer: plump, juicy tomatoes (I used red and yellow), fresh, sweet corn sliced right off the cob, ribbons of bright green basil, a quick, homemade vinaigrette, and plenty of salty Parmesan cheese.

Tortellini Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, and Fresh Corn ~ a perfect summer side dish or light supper! | FiveHeartHome.com

You won’t believe that such delicious results can be attained from such simple ingredients and such a forthright preparation. I’m telling you…the secret here is using fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Tortellini Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, and Fresh Corn ~ a perfect summer side dish or light supper! | FiveHeartHome.com

The recipe below instructs you to chiffonade the basil. Would you think I’m weird if I told you I love chiffonading? I like to say it (chiffonade, chiffonade, CHIFFONADE!) and I like to do it. There’s something just so satisfying about feeling that knife glide through the roll of basil to create all of those cute, tasty ribbons.

Okay…I am weird. I embrace it. But if you are new to chiffonading, here is a pathetic but hopefully passable photo tutorial. Sorry…it’s hard to take great pics of a method that involves two hands when you don’t have time to mess with a tripod because there’s a screaming toddler clinging to your leg.

Tortellini Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, and Fresh Corn ~ a perfect summer side dish or light supper! | FiveHeartHome.com

Did that make sense? In case it didn’t…(1.) Stack some basil leaves. (2.) Roll tightly like a cigar. (3.) Hold firmly while you slice thinly with a sharp knife…and be sure to keep your fingers out of the way! Easy peasy.

Tortellini Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, and Fresh Corn ~ a perfect summer side dish or light supper! | FiveHeartHome.com

And if you have access to fresh corn on the cob, please promise me that you’ll use it in this recipe! In case you missed it, earlier this week I shared a secret for cooking fresh ears of corn that is the EASIEST method EVER! It can be a pain to cook fresh corn when you have to deal with peeling away all of the sticky, stringy silk. This method of cooking fresh corn eliminates the frustration and the mess! I don’t think I’ll ever cook corn another way again. And it’s so easy, that I will no longer hesitate to use fresh corn in recipes like this one simply because I’m afraid of the extra hassle. There is no hassle in this method, and the corn is so perfectly tender, sweet, and freshly crispy that frozen corn just won’t compare in a salad like this.

Okay, shameless plug over. πŸ˜‰ Go check out the BEST way to cook fresh corn << HERE!

Tortellini Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, and Fresh Corn ~ a perfect summer side dish or light supper! | FiveHeartHome.com

Seriously, y’all…how gorgeous is this salad? I’m going to curtail the commentary now and let the photos do the talking. Enjoy!

Tortellini Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, and Fresh Corn ~ a perfect summer side dish or light supper! | FiveHeartHome.com

Tortellini Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, and Fresh Corn ~ a perfect summer side dish or light supper! | FiveHeartHome.com

Tortellini Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, and Fresh Corn ~ a perfect summer side dish or light supper! | FiveHeartHome.com

Tortellini Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, and Fresh Corn ~ a perfect summer side dish or light supper! | FiveHeartHome.com

Tortellini Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, and Fresh Corn ~ a perfect summer side dish or light supper! | FiveHeartHome.com

Tortellini Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, & Fresh Corn

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Tortellini Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, & Fresh Corn

Ingredients

  • 22-ounce package frozen (or fresh) cheese tortellini
  • 3 cups (about 16 ounces) sliced cherry or grape tomatoes (halved or quartered, depending on size)
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels, cooked and sliced from the cob (approximately 14 ounces of corn, which comes from about 4 cobs)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, sliced in a chiffonade
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Freshly ground black pepper
    For the vinaigrette:
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Boil tortellini in salted water according to package directions. Drain and cool. In a large salad bowl, combine tortellini, sliced tomatoes, fresh corn kernels, fresh chopped basil, Parmesan cheese, and pepper.
  2. Combine all vinaigrette ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake vigorously. Pour over tortellini salad and gently mix all ingredients until well combined. Chill for several hours before serving.

Notes

Fresh corn tastes best if you have access to it, but frozen corn may also be substituted.

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  1. This salad looks delicious, Samantha! Pinning!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Julie…I appreciate the pin! Hope y’all are having a great weekend!

  2. Hi Samantha,
    Gorgeous salad and great photos. I’m loving all the great salads coming from so many talented bloggers – thanks so much for the recipe!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks, Robyn! I love seeing all of the fresh salad recipes these days as well. It’s hard to know which one to try first! πŸ˜‰ Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  3. Really nice salad. Thank you and have a great weekend!

  4. Yummmmm!!! Looks so delicious, Samantha! Pinned! And your pictures are amazing, as always! Thanks so much for sharing! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

    ~Abby =)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You are too sweet, Abby…thank you! Hope you had a fabulous weekend as well and that you have a great week ahead. Hard to believe we’re already closing out May…yikes!

  5. Yum! I’d like to dive right into that bowl. Bonus that it’s simple to make. Pinned!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks, Jill! It’s definitely easy to throw together. I have a strong feeling I’ll be making it all summer long! πŸ˜‰

  6. Gorgeous salad! The pictures make me want to make it tonight – which I think I will!! I live in Italy and have access to the best tortellini, however, in the summer I find it in brodo or with sauce is too heavy. This looks like the perfect summer tortellini recipe

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Okay, Madaline…I am slightly jealous that you get to make this with fresh, authentic, Italian tortellini! Your pasta salad is going to taste better than anyone’s! πŸ˜‰ Hope you enjoy this recipe…thanks for taking the time to comment!

  7. This looks like the perfect summer salad! Pinned and making this weekend πŸ™‚

  8. This looks so delish Samantha! It doesn’t help that I’m blog hopping while hungry! This is one of those times I wish I could reach through the screen and try some. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You are too sweet, Carrie…thank you! I do the same thing…I find myself drooling over food photos on Pinterest late at night when I should be going to bed as opposed to making a midnight snack! πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much for stopping by…happy Friday!

  9. If there is such a thing as “fabulously delicious”…this is it, Samantha!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You are too sweet, Kristi…thank you! I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous weekend. Happy Friday! πŸ™‚

  10. This looks great. I get one similar to this at a deli by me, but with fresh mozzarella. I am going to try this version to.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Ooooo, Erica…fresh mozzarella would be a wonderful addition to this tortellini salad! Avocado would be good, too. Oh, the possibilities… πŸ˜‰ Hope you enjoy this recipe…thanks so much for taking the time to comment! πŸ™‚

  11. Yummy! This looks so good with all the fresh ingredients! Checking out this pasta dish from best of the weekend! PINNED!
    Cathy

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, Cathy! I’m glad you stopped by and I appreciate the pin! Hope you’re having a great weekend. πŸ™‚

  12. Beautiful! The colors of the fresh veggies are so vibrant it makes me want some now:) pinning to try. Thanks for sharing. Found this morning at showstopper saturday. Have a great weekend.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Rachel! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend as well, and I really appreciate the pin! πŸ™‚

  13. I shared this on my newest blog post. This is an immediate summer favorite!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much for sharing, Aileen…hopping over to check out your post! πŸ™‚

  14. Jennifer says:

    I was immediately drawn to this pasta salad because of your amazing photos. They were quite enticing. I was hesitant to try this recipe though because I have tried other pasta salad recipes from others online and they never turn out that great. I just tried your recipe for our July 4th party, and it is DELICIOUS!!!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m very happy to hear that this recipe was a hit at your 4th of July party, Jennifer! Thanks so much for taking the time to come back and let me know. I love pasta salad and have several yummy ones on the site…if you have a chance to try any of the others, I hope you enjoy them just as much! πŸ™‚

  15. Kristin says:

    Hi there! This looks amazing but I was wondering if it would hold up to bring made a day ahead. We have friends coming in this weekend and I wanted to make this Friday but serve it on Saturday evening for dinner. I’ve made tortellini pasta salad before (diff recipe) and I feel like it ended up getting kind of “mushy” the next day. Have you found this recipe to be best served same day?

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Kristin! I apologize for my delayed reply…I’ve been out of the country. I hope this pasta salad was enjoyed by all if you ended up making it when your friends visited! I typically do make it ahead of time and don’t find that it gets mushy, as long as I’m careful not to overcook the tortellini to begin with. The main thing I notice when making pasta salads ahead of time is that a lot of the dressing gets absorbed, so I always reserve a bit to stir in just before serving. Hope that helps and sorry again for the late response to your question. Hope you have a great weekend!

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