Layered Tortellini Salad Recipe
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Layered Tortellini Salad Recipe

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My tempting tortellini salad combines layer upon layer of flavors and textures, and its colors are amazing. It's perfect for a salad luncheon. Other cheese options are Havarti, fontina or Monterey Jack. —Nita Rausch, Dallas, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • SALAD:
  • 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 6 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 block (8 ounces) part-skim mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese


  1. For dressing, place the first eight ingredients in a blender. Cover and process until blended; process 1-2 minutes longer or until smooth.
  2. Cook tortellini according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water.
  3. In a large glass bowl, layer the cabbage, spinach and tortellini. Top with mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, onion, bacon and feta cheese. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Drizzle with dressing; toss to coat. Yield: 12 servings (1-1/2 cups dressing).
Originally published as Layered Tortellini Salad in Country Woman February/March 2008, p25

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Wild-kat User ID: 5617538 252011
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2016

"This salad has so much flavor and I love the colors! I have made this for a couple of Thanksgiving dinner meals and it's gotten rave reviews. This recipe is for sure a keeper :)"

Cactusflower456 User ID: 7458873 157829
Reviewed May. 21, 2014

"The layered ingredients of this salad are excellent but I am not a fan of the dressing....It is a good tasting dressing but it lacks body. Next time I will use a buttermilk dressing made from a box mix. (Hidden Valley Ranch) The salad is beautiful to the eye...but the dressing is way to thin....Maybe double the mayo in it."

caglaser User ID: 3870171 111897
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2014

"This looked good to me & made for a party last night. Got rave reviews from everyone. A keeper for me"

daduk User ID: 1648289 172616
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2012

"This salad received rave reviews from the people at the party I attended recently. I found the dressing to be an interesting combination of ingredients so I made it according to directions given. I thought it was good but I was not sure the guests would like it so I also had ranch dressing. I let them decide which dressing to use and the ranch dressing won out, but the salad was a big hit. Will make this again."

DebraLPierce User ID: 6176843 172329
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2011

"Made this for a golf party potluck and it was a big hit! Dressing is delicious too!"

susanmyers User ID: 3716858 111893
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2011

"This salad was easy to make and my family enjoyed the different flavors and bright colors. It also tasted great the next day."

tkarinas User ID: 4389335 173734
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2010

"This salad is indeed very good. The only part I would leave out is the tortellini, as it's not a favourite in my home. The rest of it is delicious."

jobrad525 User ID: 1377834 140749
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2009

"Great for the 4th of July, kinda of red, white and blue (green) spinach...summer festive. It was good and hearty for the vegeterian at our barbecue."

lyda22jo User ID: 1302316 160602
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2009

"This has become one our favorite party salads. Rave reviews from everyone."

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