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Layered Tortellini Salad

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 (1-1/2 cups dressing)


  • 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


  • For dressing, place the first eight ingredients in a blender. Cover and process until blended; process 1-2 minutes longer or until smooth.
  • Cook tortellini according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water.
  • 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.

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  • Wild-kat
    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
    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
    Apr 27, 2014

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

  • daduk
    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
    Aug 28, 2011

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

  • susanmyers
    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
    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
    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
    Jun 7, 2009

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