Steak and Tortellini Salad

A family favorite – Steak and Tortellini Salad is hearty and refreshing. Tortellini, sirloin & romaine in a creamy pesto dressing is a must-have!

This steak and tortellini salad is filling and so yummy. It’s always a big hit, and is perfect for any BBQ or potluck alongside some other favorite salads like: Broccoli Salad, Potato Salad, or our classic Tortellini Salad.

Steak and tortellini salad on a white plate.

A salad or dinner!

I love cool foods during the hot months and am especially obsessed with salads during the summer. They are just so stinking good and I could eat them all day long!

A family favorite is today’s recipe for Steak and Tortellini salad, and if you love both steak and tortellini, you’ll love this recipe too.

This salad is more hearty, and it’s also full of flavor and topped with an amazing pesto dressing. In fact, we’ve had this for dinner a few times too just because it’s so filling and delicious.

Whether you serve it as a side salad or main dish, I think you’ll agree it’s a keeper recipe!

Tortellini uncooked in the package

how to make it

STEAK. Set meat in your favorite marinade overnight. You can use steak, or any type of meat. We used top sirloin as it is less expensive and tastes great after a night of marinating (it’s also great for any leftover steak from a previous meal).

Cut and grill your sirloin to desired doneness. Slice up meat in small pieces and set aside.

PASTA. Cook tortellini according to package directions.

MIX & ENJOY! Mix all dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Add tortellini to salad. Top with steak and dressing (right before serving).

Steak Grilling Tips

Thankfully, I have a husband who loves to fire up the grill and I happily let him. If you are at my skill level here are a few tips to help you out:

  • Allow the steaks to come to room temperature before putting them on the grill and then let the meat rest after taking it off the grill. The steak will continue to cook a bit and the juices will distribute.
  • Thick Steak: For steaks that are 1.5” or thicker, use a thermometer. Start by charring them over High heat then moving them to a section set to low heat to finish cooking. Internal temps should be 120°F for rare, 130°F for medium rare, 140°F for medium.
  • Thinner Steak 1” or less: Use a timer and cook over high heat. The internal temps will be that same as above.  Rare: cook about 3 minutes each side. Medium Rare: cook about 4 minutes each side. Medium: cook about 5 minutes each side.
Dressed steak on a bed of salad.

Dressing Tips

We love this salad paired with the pesto dressing included in the recipe. It is sooo good!

If you want to use another dressing you can do that too. Our Homemade Ranch Dressing would be a great alternative, or even our Cilantro Ranch Dressing.

Storing Tips

STORE the components of the salad 1-2 days ahead of time. Keep them stored separately until you’re ready to assemble the salad.

STORE leftover salad in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days.

Steak and tortellini salad dressed on a white plate

Favorite Tortellini Recipes:

Steak and Tortellini Salad Recipe

5 from 6 votes
Delish Steak and Tortellini Salad is hearty and refreshing. Tortellini, sirloin & romaine in a creamy pesto dressing is a must-have!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 1010 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 package Tortellini
  • 4 lbs Top sirloin or your favorite meat
  • Romaine Lettuce chopped

Pesto Dressing

  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • cup mayonnaise
  • cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 3 tbsp pesto (adjust for taste)

Instructions
 

  • Set meat in your favorite marinade overnight. You can use steak, or any type of meat. We used top sirloin as it is less expensive and tastes great after a night of marinating.
  • Cook tortellini according to package directions.
  • Cut and grill your sirloin to desired doneness. Slice up meat in small pieces and set aside.
  • Mix all dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Add tortellini to salad. Top with steak and dressing. So delicious!

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About the Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. I’m so glad your family liked it!!! It’s a great, recipe! And your photos are beautiful!

  2. 5 stars
    My husband isn’t a huge salad guy but he saw this picture and said, “Oh man! I would eat that!” So win for us! Thanks

  3. 5 stars
    I love a good salad! This has everything I like….meat, a little carbs and tons of greens. Satisfying but not heavy.

  4. 5 stars
    All of my favorite things in one delicious salad! I love the combo of steak, tortellini and pesto.

  5. 5 stars
    We have made your tortellini salad, but adding the steak on it makes it even better & hearty! Was a hit!

  6. 5 stars
    Yummy! I love all the salads at this time of year. The protein from steak made this so satisfying and filling. The tortellini gave such a great flavor addition.