Tortellini Salad Recipe
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This tortellini salad post is long overdue. It’s my Aunt Anna’s recipe. I posted a picture of it on Thanksgiving and was flooded with requests. I could make loads of excuses, but… nah. I’m watching the Olympics and I’m super anxious hoping someone doesn’t land the wrong way on a balance beam.
I can usually multi-task when I’m watching a show or movie, but with Olympics I get so dang tense; my shoulders hurt and I can’t focus much. Anyway, I can’t believe I didn’t make this sooner. It’s so easy! . Enjoy!
Ingredients for Tortellini Salad:
18 oz cheese tortellini
2 small or 1 large broccoli crown, chopped into mini florets
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1 tomato, seeded and diced
1/2 cup shredded parmesan
1/2 cup Creamy Caesar dressing or to taste
How to Make Tortellini Salad:
1. Chop broccoli into small florets. The Vidalia Chop Wizard works wonders for this!
2. Finely chop onion.
3. Seed and chop the tomato.
4. Cook cheese tortellini according to the instructions on the package (salt the water). I like to overcook mine a tad. Rinse with cold water to cool them down.
5. Top with parmesan cheese
6. Mix all the ingredients and add Caesar dressing to taste (I added a litte more than 1/2 cup Ceasar dressing)
Tortellini Salad Recipe
- 18 oz cheese tortellini
- 2 small or 1 large broccoli crown, chopped into mini florets
- 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 to mato, seeded and diced
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
- 1/2 cup Creamy Caesar dressing or to taste
Chop brocolli into small florets. Finely chop onion, than seed and chop the tomato.
Cook cheese toretlini according to the instructions on the package (salt the water). Rinse with cold water to cool them down. Top with parmesan cheese.
Mix all the ingredients and add ceasar dressing to taste.
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Made this yesterday for New Year’s Eve. I used spinach instead of broccoli. It was delicious. I will definitely make this again. Thank you Natasha’s Kitchen!
You’re welcome, Susan!
I’ve been making this salad for years, forgot where I originally saw it until now 🙂 Accept I add peas instead of broccoli, and crumbled bacon or chopped pepperoni for that extra kick. Yum!
Maryana, thank you for the nice review and nice job improvising 😃.
Yummmyyy and nutritious and sooo delicious! Thanks a bunch! Btw, do you have any future homemade dressing recipes? I love the balsamic vinaigrette one & I would love to learn more
Have you tried the one from the greek salad I posted recently? Also, try the strawberry vinaigrette that I posted today. So good!
Made this twice. The first time I made the salad as written and it tasted great. The second time I made it with 2 cups fresh baby spinach (chopped) instead of the broccoli. It was delicious too (I may have even enjoyed it a little more)!
I should try that option as well. Thank you for sharing 🙂
can you make this the night before for a party?
It’s best eaten fresh, you can chop brocolli and onion ahead of time and refrigerate. But tortelini and everything mixed together is best fresh.
This looks delicious & easy! What’s a good brand tortellini? And where did you buy it?
I don’t remember the brand but it was at FredMeyer. Just pick your favorite tortellini; it doesn’t make that much of a difference. 🙂
wow thank you natash. it was delicious… my hubby and i loved it. we both came home late from work, and this makes a great late night dinner, its very light and delicious.
I’m glad that you enjoyed it Tonya 😀
Yum…yum….yum…..this turned out fabulous! I used Trader’s Joe’s multi-colored cheese tortellini (12 oz.) and inadvertently grabbed grapeseed oil instead of my olive oil to make your Caesar salad dressing. Even though I bought the packaged store-brand Parmesan, it was still wonderful (I’m sure fresh grated Parmesan would be beyond description….chuckle). The result was delicious and we gobbled it up quickly. Your recipes never disappoint. Thank you!
Thank you so much Zina, you made me smile 🙂
Looks great! What kind of onion did you use? Yellow or White?
It was a yellow 🙂
This is one of my fav. salads 🙂
We use small cherry tomatoes though.
Mmm I bet that would be even better and no need to seed them!
do you use store bought dressing or homemade? if so what brand. i can never find one i like.
I used store bought dressing this time and it was Newmans creamy Caesar, but I think homemade would taste even better! I do have a recipe posted for Caesar dressing 🙂
I want to try this.. Looks delicious and nutritious
This salad is very quick and easy 🙂
This looks so good! I love tortellini..hot or cold:) Will be trying this salad soon!
Have you tried adding chicken or using a meat tortellini? I love one dish meals so I will probably try it:)
I bet different tortellinis would be great. Let me know if you try a different one.