Dressing says a lot about a pasta salad. Italian dressing, mayo-based dressing, you name it, the dressing makes the salad. The most amazing ingredients can be incorporated into a salad but with bad or overpowering dressing, you never get the full effect of the salad elements. And like potato salad, I am a picky pasta salad eater...then I discovered the use of pesto.
And since wonderful pesto is available in every grocery store, and unless you have plenty of time on your hands to make it from scratch, you can simply purchase it. I even purchased premade cheese tortellini. The other ingredients were what I have on hand in my fridge. So feel free to experiment with other additions.
Couple words of advise on this recipe:
1. The cherry tomatoes are fantasticly sweet and pair perfectly with the cheese pasta, so highly recommended.
2. With the garlic in the pesto and the cheese in the tortellini, additional cheese is not needed.
Perfect for pot lucks and brunches!