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. I’m a huge fan of pasta on salad! I actually like to keep it warm though and throw it on top (let it cool down just a little ;). I guess it would kind of “cook” the spinach, but it works really well on romaine. Have fun! Cannot wait to hear about the viking cooking class. I plan to do some shopping and finish planning my sisters baby shower. We’re also having friends over for dinner on Saturday

  2. What a colorful salad and so many goodies in there too. I love pasta salad for that reason. It is such a great basis for so many falvor combinations!

  3. I totally agree with Erica, I like the pasta still warm, there’s something about cold pasta that I’ve just never been a fan of 🙂 Looks great!

  4. How pretty!! Great for lunch! And on completely side note – since you are the Viking expert, I was wondering if you could answer a question about my oven for me. What is the difference between bake and conventional bake? I know that fan turns on and all, but is it supposed to heat the oven up more quickly, and when should I be using it? I’ve been totally confused ever since we got it!

  5. I’m so envious of your cooking class.. wish I could attend. This dish is just brilliant. I love all the colors!!

  6. Thanks everyone! If you prefer the pasta warm, you can make this a warm salad. There are so many things you can do with it. Just play around and enjoy:)

  7. Have a great time at the cooking school! That sounds like it is going to be so much fun!!! Your salad looks delicious!

  8. Tortellini in a salad sounds great. We loved our Sushi Class at Viking Thanks for SHARING about Viking. Do you give Sushi lessons?

  9. Culinarywannabe-I will email you about the ovens:)

    Teanna-Cooking school is fun. We are assistants, it is fun working together. We love getting paid to be in a super nice kitchen! The classes are really fun!

    Netts Nook-I wish I would of worked the sushi class so I could of met you. They told me you were there. Glad you enjoyed it. I help out when I can. I have done a sushi class before. I hope you come again!

  10. Ohhh me too! I love a good pasta salad, just like this one.
    Now that you’ve joined a cooking class, I want to; I love those so much.

  11. Gorgeous colors! I am always looking for another twist to salad and this looks perfect. Great recipe, Maria. Enjoy your weekend.

  12. Maria, the colors of this dish make me hungry. Unfortunately it’s still breakfast time. Your classes at Viking some amazing. I envy you. Have a great time.

  13. Looks great. I love tortellini and you have a great collection of veggies going.

    Enjoy your weekend. Sounds like you have great plans. I’ll be hanging with the horsies and probably not doing any cooking!

  14. Something like this is so simple that when I see it, I can’t believe I hadn’t thought about it before. It looks delicious!

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. 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!

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

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

    The photos are more stunning each and every time!

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

  23. 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!

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