Take-out Tuesday, BLT Tortellini Salad with Pinot Grigio Vinaigrette

This do ahead salad is loaded with garden bounty,

but you can make it any time of year

BLT salad with veggie thepaintedapron.com

You can cook the tortellini, corn, asparagus and snap peas ahead of time


Toss together and refrigerate


Go ahead and add the dressing and Parmesan


Season with salt and pepper


When it’s time to serve add chopped romaine,

cherry tomatoes and bacon

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Taste and add more dressing if desired

BLT salad with veggie thepaintedapron.com

I suggest using a light dressing like Pinot Grigio Vinaigrette

to let the flavors of the vegetables shine through

BLT Tortellini salad thepaintedapron.com

But you can use pesto, or a creamy Italian,

ranch or bleu cheese dressing if you prefer

pasta salad boat

This recipe makes a boatload 

  so adjust quantities to your needs

BLT Tortellini Salad with Pinot Grigio Dressing

Prep Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 16



  • 8 oz cheese tortellini pasta
  • 4 cups corn kernels* fresh or frozen
  • 1 bunch asparagus spears 24-40, depending on size
  • 10 slices bacon
  • 16 oz bag frozen snap peas
  • 4 oz shaved Parmesan cheese
  • 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce about 1 romaine heart
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • salt and pepper

Pinot Grigio Vinaigrette

  • 1 cup cold press extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Pinot Grigio Vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 3 T honey
  • 3 T dijon mustard
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic minced optional


Pinot Grigio Vinaigrette

  • Combine all ingredients and shake together.  Keep refrigerated up to one week.  Makes approx 1 3/4 cups


  • Place bacon on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until crisp.  Remove and drain.  Bacon can be cooked ahead and frozen if desired
  • While bacon is cooking, boil pasta and microwave vegetables until crisp tender.
  • Drain pasta and vegetables and cool.  Toss together in a large dish with 1 cup of dressing.
  • Add cheese and store covered in the refrigerator until serving time.
  • Just before serving cut bacon into small pieces and add to salad along with tomatoes and romaine.
  • Season with salt and pepper.  Add a little more dressing.  Toss, taste and add more dressing if desired.  Makes 16 servings


*grilled corn would be wonderful in this salad
Keyword BLT salad, main dish salad, pasta salad, Pinot Grigio Vinaigrette, tortellini salad

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30 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, BLT Tortellini Salad with Pinot Grigio Vinaigrette”
  1. Such a lovely summer salad! I love that light fruity white wine dressing.

  2. BERNADETTE says:

    Another winner – cool and delicious.

  3. Nancy says:

    Wow! You just keep the delicious recipes coming! This is a perfect salad to take to a summer picnic. It’s a keeper! Thank you!
    Enjoy your week my friend! Happy Tuesday!

  4. Jenna, any salad that includes pasta is a win for me. The ingredients are perfect for a summer lunch or dinner. Wishing you a beautiful Tuesday!

  5. This looks like a masterpiece! Perfect for summer and entertaining.

  6. This is such a wonderful, easy idea and it really sounds delicious. I’ll definitely be making this over the summer and probably beyond!

  7. Looks delicious Jenna. I am craving salads right now. A beautiful summer salad to beat the heat and also easy. Happy Tuesday.

  8. Sounds good, I’m gonna try to eat a few more salads for the rest of the summer:@)

  9. thefrenchhutch says:

    Look so delicious Jenna. You know how I love salads and if it has bacon, well it’s that’s even better!

  10. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, this is my kind of summer dish. This sounds delicious for these hot summer days. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Ricki Treleaven says:

    Oh my goodness I love the boat server, and that this recipe makes a “boat load.” Too, too cute! Pinning it because I love BLT’s!!! Thanks, Jenna!

  12. Kitty says:

    That looks like the perfect summer salad, Jenna. I like the touch of seeetness that you added with the honey in the dressing. I’m sure that you fed many happy family and friends with that “boatload”. Happy August!

  13. Jenna, I always forget to take photos of our food, we so much fresh in summer. Love all your ideas and I really am hungry for a pasta salad! Hugs, Sandi

  14. Mary says:

    Your salad floats my boat Jenna! Such a cute serving dish and I’m craving tortellini now!

  15. lghiggins says:

    Wonderful, flavorful summer salad!

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