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Platter of pasta salad skewers with a small pitcher of creamy balsamic vinaigrette to go alongside.

Pasta Salad Skewers with Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette

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  • Author: Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 skewers 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian


Greek yogurt adds creaminess to the dressing in this fun spin on a party favorite.



For the skewers:

  • 1 (20-ounce) package refrigerated tortellini (I used a 3 cheese variety)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 bell peppers, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces (I used orange, yellow and red)
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes (I used a mix of red and orange)
  • 1 (6-ounce) can small pitted black olives, rinsed and drained
  • 1 bunch fresh basil, leaves picked

For the vinaigrette:


  1. Cook the pasta: Fill a large pot with salted water and bring to a boil. Cook tortellini according to package instructions (mine took 7-9 minutes). Drain well, return to the pot (off the heat) and toss with a generous amount of oil. Let the pasta cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally to ensure it doesn't stick together, while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Make the vinaigrette: In a medium bowl, whisk together all ingredients except oil. Once combined, slowly drizzle in the oil, whisking as you go, until the dressing emulsifies and comes together. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Make the skewers: Thread each skewer with the tortellini, bell peppers, tomatoes, olives and basil leaves. I like to alternate colors of peppers and tomatoes, to keep each skewer colorful. I used 2 tortellini per skewer, but feel free to use as much or as little of each ingredient as you want.
  4. Skewers can be made in advance and stored, covered, in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Drizzle dressing over skewers, right before serving. Enjoy!


Feel free to use a smaller package of tortellini and only 2 bell peppers if you're making this for a smaller crowd.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 263
  • Sugar: 5.3 g
  • Sodium: 205.5 mg
  • Fat: 18.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 19.6 g
  • Fiber: 2.1 g
  • Protein: 5.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 12.6 mg
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