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Spinach Tortellini Salad

Pretty and packed with nutrition, this fresh-tasting salad makes a company-special light meal or side dish! “I also add diced purple onion and red bell pepper…or substitute diced cooked chicken and bow-tie pasta for the tortellini.” Emily Hanson - Logan, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 2 cups sliced cucumbers
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/4 cup honey-roasted sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup real bacon bits

Directions

  • Cook tortellini according to package directions. Meanwhile, for dressing, in a small heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, vinegar and oil. Cook and stir over low heat just until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat. Stir in the sesame seeds, onion, salt and paprika; set aside.
  • Drain tortellini and rinse in cold water. In a large bowl,
  • combine the tortellini, spinach, cucumbers, oranges, almonds and bacon. Pour dressing over salad; toss to coat. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 359 calories, 17g fat (4g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 591mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 3g fiber), 10g protein.

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  • Muffy69
    Jul 20, 2011

    Super refreshing in the hot summer. Even picky eaters loved this one.

  • GrannyG1
    Mar 31, 2010

    Made last night and was a BIG hit. I substituted the almonds with pine nuts.

  • kyle1987
    Jun 29, 2009

    Mandrine oranges break very easily. Need to be addedat the end. Good with strawberries and pineapple too.

  • trjogaka
    Apr 8, 2009

    I thought this salad was very tasty but I think I'll try chilling the dressing a bit the next time I make it.

  • annalovcy
    Apr 8, 2009

    I added some Italian Seasoning and it got a little zing.