Tortellini Spinach Salad

Tortellini Spinach Salad

Lately, I’m all about cooking up scrumptious, light meals that leave you feeling satisfied instead of starved. A salad just isn’t a salad to me without lots of bright, fresh flavors and a little protein to keep you going. Whether by tossing in some grilled meat or seafood, a handful of black beans or a hardboiled egg, there are lots of additions that can take a salad from flat to fabulous!

Tortellini Spinach Salad Recipe

On a bed of spinach leaves, I piled cooked three-cheese tortellini, chopped bell peppers, zucchini, yellow squash and cucumber. Tossed with my favorite Italian salad dressing and freshly grated Parmesan cheese, this delicious combo made for a colorful, flavorful and pretty darn healthy dinner!

Tortellini and Spinach Salad Recipe

Try this tasty tortellini salad sometime for yourself and you’ll agree that this is one scrumptious springtime meal to make over and over again. Just don’t forget the glass of wine and garlic bread!

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Tortellini Spinach Salad

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 cucumber
1 zucchini
1 yellow squash
1 red bell pepper
9 oz. frozen three-cheese tortellini
1/4 cup Italian salad dressing, or more if desired
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, or more if desired
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 block Parmesan cheese or Parmigiano Reggiano
2 1/2 cups fresh spinach

Directions:

Chop cucumber, zucchini, yellow squash and red bell pepper into 1-inch pieces. Set aside.

In a 4 quart pot of boiling salted water, cook the tortellini according to package instructions (usually 7-9 minutes). Remove pot from heat, strain tortellini and rinse with cold water. Add to a large bowl. Stir in chopped vegetables and Italian salad dressing. Season with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Cover bowl and chill up to 1 day, or serve immediately over spinach.

Enjoy!

      

42 Responses to “Tortellini Spinach Salad”

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 25, 2012 @ 5:35 am

    What a vibrant-looking salad. I love it! And it’s chock-full of veggies, which means I have more room for cake :)

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    london bakes — April 25, 2012 @ 9:05 am

    I love all the colours in this salad, it looks like a perfect spring meal. Wonderful Georgia!

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    gobakeyourself — April 25, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    Beautifully colored and healthy to the boot – great post :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — April 25, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    This sounds so yummy!! Love it!

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    elizabeth @ chronic venture — April 25, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    ahh yum! this looks so refreshing!

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    Jenn — April 25, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

    I think a picture of this needs to go right by the definition of “The Perfect Summer Meal” :) Looks fantastic!

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    Susan @ Our Family Eats — April 25, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

    What a beautiful, healthy salad. My kids just might eat their spinach if I serve it this way. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — April 25, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

    gorgeous Georgia, this dish is just gorgeous. i don’t typically like pasta (i know, i’m a weirdo!) but i could definitely see myself eating it this way. so fresh and healthy. :)

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    Julie @ Table for Two — April 25, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

    This looks delicious! I love all the veggies in this :)

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    Lindsey — April 25, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

    This looks so good! I just love when a meal has so many colors. Beautiful presentation!

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    Sydney @ The Crepes of Wrath — April 25, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

    This certainly looks like a bowl-o-spring! I love the colors.

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    Catalina @ Cake with Love — April 25, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

    What a great idea to use tortellini as a salad ingredients!!! It looks amazing!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — April 25, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    Georgia, yum! This looks so good. I love tortellini.

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    Cassie/Bake Your Day — April 25, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

    What a great idea for a salad. Very creative, and so colorful. I love this, Georgia!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — April 25, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

    Such a pretty and yummy salad! I love the idea of flavored pasta, healthy and delicious!

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    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — April 25, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

    I’m all for meals that are good either hot or cold as well. And pasta salads are a great way to use up leftover pasta!

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    SkinnyMommy — April 25, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

    This is beautiful and simple all at the same time. I love your new photo format. There is a similar dish at a restaurant near our house that I am dying to recreate and you have re-inspired me. Thank you!

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    Val — April 25, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

    Gorgeous….perfect for a warm weather get-together.

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    Cristina @ TinyPerfectBites — April 25, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

    I love tortellini! That looks delicious.

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — April 25, 2012 @ 7:25 pm

    sounds fantastic! i love pasta salads, especially if there’s tortellini involved. yum!

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    Reem | Simply Reem — April 25, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

    Love this Georgia!!!
    It is getting so so hot here, this is a perfect salad.
    So fresh and light yet satisfying…
    Who does not love tortellini right…

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    Joanne — April 25, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

    I live for tortellini salads during the summer but I don’t think I can wait after seeing this! It has all of my favorite ingredients!

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    Teresa, foodonfifth.com — April 25, 2012 @ 9:26 pm

    I am a fan of light meals in the evening and like this recipe you have shared. A perfect Spring dinner.

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    Carrie Burrill — April 25, 2012 @ 9:55 pm

    This is so bright and pretty, looks amazing perfect for a summer dish!

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    mireia badia — April 25, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

    That looks wonderful!!!!!!

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    Lynda @ TasteFood — April 25, 2012 @ 11:04 pm

    What a vibrant salad – perfect for a warm spring evening.

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    Anne@FromMySweetHeart — April 26, 2012 @ 2:28 am

    Georgia…I’m with you. I love adding protein or a little something extra to a salad to make it a little heartier! Tortellini is a perfect addition and this salad would certainly leave me satisfied! Beautiful! : )

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — April 26, 2012 @ 7:12 am

    Hi Georgia! Your photos always cheer me up – always have beautiful colors in your food and I realize the importance of colors and freshness in food. This salad looks delicious!

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — April 26, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    oh my! this is SO pretty! And it sounds so delicious!! I have a bag of tortellini in my freezer that I suddenly know what to do with! :) Thankss!

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    kitcheninspirations — April 26, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

    What a great looking ‘salad’ Georgia, and a nice alternative to a rich sauce over the rich tortellini. The photo looks so fresh and colourful.
    Eva http://kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen — April 26, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

    That is one beautiful spring meal! The colors and ingredients are wonderful together.

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    Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 — April 26, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

    What a great combination. I love that it is so pretty, too.

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    Alison — April 26, 2012 @ 5:52 pm

    This looks so bright and refreshing!

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    Aylin @ Glow Kitchen — April 26, 2012 @ 8:41 pm

    This looks so amazing! I’d normally add a lot more cheese, but this dish doesnt loo like it needs it.

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    Paula — April 26, 2012 @ 9:56 pm

    Love your salad. Great for summer bbq family gatherings :)

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    From Valeries Kitchen — April 27, 2012 @ 1:48 am

    This is the perfect summer lunch! I’m all about protein too. I’m a runner and I feel like I really need a little protein in each meal to get through the day. This is beautiful!

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    Melissa @IWasBornToCook — April 27, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

    Great looking salad! Love this for a quick weeknight meal.

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    Robin — April 27, 2012 @ 7:14 pm

    So pretty with that bed of spinach. I’m so excited that it’s practically pasta salad season. Yay! (Although I just heard it’s supposed to get down to 30 tonight..?? I’m in New Jersey and we’ve had pretty mild weather here.) Thank you for the recipe!

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    CJ - Food Stories — April 27, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

    Congratulations on your foodbuzz top 9, today!

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    Emily @ She Makes and Bakes — April 28, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

    This salad looks incredible. I love tortellini, and the addition of the veggies makes it look even tastier. Can’t wait to try this!

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    Melissa | Cajun Sugar Pie — May 2, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

    This salad looks so yummy!

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    Amanda — July 4, 2012 @ 12:21 am

    I LOVE this!!!!!!!

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