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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joycerm53 248151
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!"

chris_giles18 246971
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2016

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

cherylgcox 246643
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2016

"Love s"

louisaf 245150
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."

jbander2 231456
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2015

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

75Sally 230910
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2015

"Great recipe..the dressing is delish!"

MY REVIEW 229923
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2015

"Wow wow wow! If you love Caesar salad try this one the dressing is awesome and easy to prepare 5 stars"

Cuseandrea 228814
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2015

"While I enjoyed the salad, I didn't expect the dressing to taste so 'mayonnaise-y' (I used Hellman's). I also added some minced shallot, about equal to the amount of garlic used, and it really added to the flavor of the dressing quite nicely. I will definitely make this again, perhaps with a different brand of mayo."

MY REVIEW 227746
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2015

"This recipe needs more than 5 stars! The dressing alone is amazing, and I will be making it, even without the salad, for other salads Absolutely LOVE this! Husband had 2 servings of salad, and he's not a big salad person!"

hunkydoriest 24018
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2013

"This was great! Added some kalamata olives, pimientos, and artichokes to make in impressive main dish. Wow."

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