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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

Yum 🙂

Tortellini Salad Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $4-$6
Servings: 6 -8

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Chop brocolli into small florets. Finely chop onion, than seed and chop the tomato.
  2. 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.
  3. Mix all the ingredients and add ceasar dressing to taste.

 

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  • Maryana
    February 4, 2016

    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! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 4, 2016

      Maryana, thank you for the nice review and nice job improvising 😃. Reply

  • Irene
    April 28, 2014

    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 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 28, 2014

      Have you tried the one from the greek salad I posted recently? Also, try the strawberry vinaigrette that I posted today. So good! Reply

  • Ashleigh
    January 1, 2013

    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)! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 1, 2013

      I should try that option as well. Thank you for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • oksana
    September 29, 2012

    can you make this the night before for a party? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 29, 2012

      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. Reply

  • Luba
    September 25, 2012

    This looks delicious & easy! What’s a good brand tortellini? And where did you buy it? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 25, 2012

      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. 🙂 Reply

  • Tonya
    September 5, 2012

    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. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 5, 2012

      I’m glad that you enjoyed it Tonya 😀 Reply

  • Zina
    August 8, 2012

    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! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 8, 2012

      Thank you so much Zina, you made me smile 🙂 Reply

  • YanaP
    August 6, 2012

    Looks great! What kind of onion did you use? Yellow or White? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 6, 2012

      It was a yellow 🙂 Reply

  • Olia
    August 2, 2012

    This is one of my fav. salads 🙂
    We use small cherry tomatoes though. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 2, 2012

      Mmm I bet that would be even better and no need to seed them! Reply

  • marina
    August 2, 2012

    do you use store bought dressing or homemade? if so what brand. i can never find one i like. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 2, 2012

      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 🙂 Reply

  • Kristina S
    August 2, 2012

    I want to try this.. Looks delicious and nutritious Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 2, 2012

      This salad is very quick and easy 🙂 Reply

  • Rimma
    August 2, 2012

    Thank you! Reply

  • 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:) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 2, 2012

      I bet different tortellinis would be great. Let me know if you try a different one. Reply

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