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Tortellini Caesar Salad

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


  • 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


  • Cook tortellini according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, milk, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, lemon juice and garlic.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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.

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  • crystal.a.magill
    Jul 2, 2020

    I've made this many times and it is always a hit. I go to a 4th of July party every year and it is always requested. I usually double the recipe and I always come home with an empty bowl.

  • gremaux
    May 21, 2020

    EXCELLENT - Can use for company

  • lkelley84
    Oct 17, 2019

    I have made this many times; it always gets rave reviews!

  • justmbeth
    Nov 21, 2018

    I liked this variation on Caesar salad. Dressing was a bit thinner than the usual Caesar dressing but I made ahead to let the flavors meld.

  • Orbs
    Mar 24, 2018

    Delicious! Instead of making the dressing, I used Cindy's Barcelona Dressing. Thank you, Tammy, for sharing this recipe.

  • SonjaVK
    Dec 11, 2017

    Just made this last night and loved how easy the dressing was! One other reviewer did mention they thought it tasted too much like mayonnaise, however I found if you let the dressing sit the flavors meld together more. I will admit I added more garlic because our family loves garlic. :)

  • sd20
    Jun 14, 2017

    Very good but I could only find 9 oz. pks of cheese tortellini' so I bought 2 because ingredients say one 19 oz. pkg. it was way to many so am wondering if it's a misprint and it's suppose to be 1- 9oz pkg instead of 19 ounces. Next time I will definitely be only using 9 ozs.

  • Temerson
    Jun 19, 2016

    No comment left

  • joycerm53
    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
    Apr 12, 2016

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