Recipe for Tortellini Spinach Salad

By Maria Lichty

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Happy Friday! Any fun weekend plans? We are working at the Viking Cooking School on Saturday night. We are doing a French Dinner Party Class, I can’t wait. We also have some plans with friends. I am thinking it will be a great weekend! 

I am always up for a good salad. This Tortellini Spinach Salad is one of my favorites. It is so easy and you can mix it up with whatever you have on hand. I use frozen cheese tortellini and I always buy the colorful kind. It makes the salad more fun:) I cook the tortellini and then rinse it with cold water. This is a cold pasta salad.

I mix in whatever vegetables I have on hand. Some of my favorites are: artichokes, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, olives, etc. I then toss everything with a fat free Italian dressing and Italian seasoning. The salad is best if the flavors have time to simmer, so I usually chill it for a couple of hours and then serve it over a bed of fresh spinach. I usually top it off with fresh Parmesan too!

I love this salad because you can make it in advance, it’s easy, colorful, tasty, healthy, makes great leftovers, versatile, and again TASTY!


Tortellini Spinach Salad

(Printable Recipe)

-1 bag of frozen cheese tortellini
-Vegetables of your choice-chopped (This time I used tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, and peppers, but use anything you like)
-Italian dressing (or similar variety, use your favorite)
-Italian seasoning
Fresh spinach

1. Cook the tortellini in a big pot of salted water. When cooked, rinse with cold water.
2.Add in veggies and stir.
3. Cover with dressing and seasonings. Stir until well-coated.
4. Chill and serve over a bed of spinach.
5. Enjoy!



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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. It does sounds like a good weekend. We’ve got baseball and more baseball. The Twins have four games in two days.

    Love all the wonderful colors in your salad. It looks so festive.

    Btw, I made your cinnamon syrup. The kids have been putting it on their Eggos in the mornings. Devon, one of the twins,thinks it would be great as a donut glaze or drizzled on ice cream!

  2. Ingrid- I am glad you tried the syrup! We love it. I will have to try it on ice cream, great suggestion! Have a great weekend!

  3. Easy, yet show-stopping good! Pasta salad has to be one of the best go-to meals ever. Great way to get your veggies in, too! Your salad looks colorful and delish!

  4. Looks so pretty and fresh – I love that you make pasta salad more nutritious by serving it over spinach!

    I just stumbled across your blog and I’m really enjoying reading your past posts!

  5. Yum, your tortellini looks gorgeous. I like that you put it on the salad.
    I’m jealous you are going to the Viking School. I have friends that have been and they had a fabulous time and learned a lot. If my husband and I ever go, we’ll also choose the French lesson because we love France.
    I hope you’ll post on your French lesson – I’ll be looking forward to it.

  6. I love the colors in it and all the ingredients!!!!

    So, you’re “working” at the school???? Awesome. OK, I just saw you answer in the other comments. Very nice!

  7. The contrast in colors are spot on! Tortellini, and spinach, what a fantastic combination.

    The photos are more stunning each and every time!

  8. All that color and healthy veggies! Yum! I do hope you’ll report about the French dinner party. Sounds like a blast!

  9. I haven’t made this type of pasta salad forever!
    So simple and a crowd pleaser.
    I love salami, artichokes, peppers and olives in it!
    Reminds me of summer!

  10. This looks so good! I love salad recipes – especially now that summer/spring is on its way!

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