Tortellini Caesar Salad Recipe
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Tortellini Caesar Salad Recipe

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This salad was served at a dear friend's baby shower by a health-conscious friend, who suggested the dressing be prepared with low-fat or fat-free ingredients. Either way, the creamy dressing has plenty of garlic flavor and coats the pasta, romaine and croutons nicely. -Tammy Steenbock, Sembach Air Base, Germany
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 package (19 ounces) frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup plus 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 cups torn romaine
  • 1 cup seasoned salad croutons
  • Halved cherry tomatoes, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without tomatoes): 237 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 327mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein


  1. Cook tortellini according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, milk, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, lemon juice and garlic.
  2. Drain tortellini and rinse in cold water; transfer to a large bowl. Add romaine and remaining Parmesan. Just before serving, drizzle with dressing; toss to coat. Top with croutons and tomatoes if desired. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Tortellini Caesar Salad in Quick Cooking July/August 2000, p29

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Reviewed May. 12, 2016

"This is a great recipe! Makes a complete meal, especially if you add chicken or Shrimp. I make this for picnics for my husband and I. This salad with some bread and a bottle of wine.....perfect!"

Reviewed Apr. 12, 2016

"Great "meatless" dinner option. I added sliced black olives and peppercinis and served with garlic breadsticks."

Reviewed Apr. 5, 2016

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Reviewed Mar. 8, 2016

"Have made this salad MANY times! I have finessed the dressing a bit by adding anchovy paste...I also grate the garlic, so there are no "pieces". I always make it a complete meal , usually adding shrimp, turkey or chichen, and of course, some homemade croutons and tomatoes."

Reviewed Aug. 19, 2015

"Yum! Made this for dinner tonight, and it was easy and delicious! Great to take to a picnic!"

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