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Kale & Tortellini Pasta Salad

This Kale & Tortellini Pasta Salad is made with fresh kale, roasted red peppers, shallots, garlic, tortellini pasta and a delicious lemon pesto dressing.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: kale pasta salad, tortellini pasta salad
Servings: 8
Calories: 332kcal
Author: Sandra


  • 1 pound five-cheese tortellini package frozen or fresh
  • 1 tablespoon garlic oil you can use olive oil
  • 1 bunch purple kale center stems discarded
  • 1 red pepper stem & core removed, diced
  • 2 shallots
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons pesto
  • 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Prepare tortellini according to package directions. Drain and Toss with garlic oil. Set aside to cool.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil to a small sauté pan, add pepper, and cook over medium high heat for 5-7 minutes, until pepper starts to cook and become slightly charred on the edges. Remove from heat, set aside to cool.
  • Shred kale, shallots, and garlic using a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor then you can shred and thinly slice the vegetables with a knife.
  • Add kale to a large serving bowl, toss in cooled tortellini & red pepper. Set aside.
  • In a pint jar combine extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, and pesto. Twist on the lid to the jar and shake until well combined. 
  • Pour dressing over kale and tortellini. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and gently toss with your hands to combine.
  • Serve immediately or set in the fridge until ready to serve.


I serve this as a cold pasta, but my husband loves it served warm. So do what works best for you.


Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 384mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2220IU | Vitamin C: 43.1mg | Calcium: 182mg | Iron: 1.9mg