Layered Spinach Salad Recipe
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Layered Spinach Salad Recipe

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When this dish goes on a buffet, it's a real eye-catcher with its colorful layers. People enjoy the unique addition of cheese tortellini. This salad always goes fast! -Lori Cumberledge, Pasadena, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 6 cups torn fresh spinach
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 bottle (8 ounces) ranch salad dressing
  • 8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 159 calories, 8g fat (0g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 350mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 6g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.


  1. Cook tortellini according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water.
  2. In a large glass bowl, layer the cabbage, spinach, tortellini, tomatoes and onions. Pour dressing over the top; sprinkle with bacon if desired. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Layered Spinach Salad in Taste of Home April/May 1996, p37

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BoiseNoise 218085
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2015

"This salad is delicious. I usually reserve it for special occasions, though, because it is a lot of work. The 15 minute prep time is ridiculously optimistic! I suppose it could be accurate if you had already shredded the cabbage; sliced the onions; washed and torn the spinach; cut the tomatoes in half; and cooked and crumbled the bacon. Technically, that is indeed what the ingredient list specifies. However, most people would need to add all of those things into the prep time. :)"

Mrs_T 3611
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2012

"I've made this many, many times for summer potlucks and picnics and it always goes over very well. A keeper recipe for me!"

HMRintelman 9452
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2011

"It needs general it was good, will make again but will need to tweak it."

Reviewed May. 6, 2011

"This is probably the most-requested recipe that I make for gatherings! I add one peeled and seeded sliced cucumber to it."

gailcav 19553
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2008

"This is a great main dish summer salad. I always get rave reviews when I serve this."

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