Caramelized Onion-Tortellini Spinach Salad Recipe

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Tender tortellini pairs well with crunchy fresh spinach in this innovative salad from our Test Kitchen home economists. Caramelized onions add flavorful element.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 4 cups thinly sliced sweet onions
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 package (19 ounces) frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (10 ounces) fresh spinach, stems removed and torn
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 185 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 252 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet over medium-low heat, cook onions in butter and oil for 5 minutes or until tender. Add brown sugar; cook over low heat for 20 minutes or until onions are golden brown, stirring frequently. Meanwhile, cook tortellini according to package directions.
  2. Add the vinegar, salt and pepper to onion mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook 1-2 minutes longer or until syrupy.
  3. Drain tortellini and rinse in cold water. In a large serving bowl, combine the tortellini, spinach and Parmesan cheese. Add onion mixture and toss to coat. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Caramelized Onion-Tortellini Spinach Salad in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2007, p146

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Reviewed Jul. 10, 2013

"This was very good! I used Vidalia onions and they were so good. I made it and packed it up for a picnic in the park. This recipe is a keeper."

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