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Tortellini Caesar Salad Recipe

Tortellini Caesar Salad Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

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.

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sd20 User ID: 5560294 267984
Reviewed 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."

joycerm53 User ID: 703299 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 User ID: 2108383 246971
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2016

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

cherylgcox User ID: 6635132 246643
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2016

"Love s"

louisaf User ID: 1074282 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 User ID: 2925337 231456
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2015

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

75Sally User ID: 8021903 230910
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2015

"Great recipe..the dressing is delish!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 2731069 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 User ID: 8433888 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 User ID: 1665956 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 User ID: 4515323 24018
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2013

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

2dogsrule2 User ID: 4479281 24015
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2013

"I usually add grilled chicken to the salad. Also, this is hands down the best salad dressing I've ever had! I make the dressing a day ahead to let the flavors blend and always double the batch. There's never any leftovers when I bring this to a gathering!"

klparkinson User ID: 5719214 39984
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

"Excellent favor and a keeper! If I double the recipe again and would only use 3 garlic cloves for dressing. Everyone in our group requested this recipe."

DLaiti User ID: 5651254 203660
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2012

"Love, Love, Love this salad for all occasions. When I take it to work or to a potluck I have to remember to bring the recipe because it is always requested."

SBRRanch User ID: 6257155 80090
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2012

"This is the best salad ever. The dressing is excellent."

MAZZI1989 User ID: 2889583 24014
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2011

"I love this recipe it's quick easy and everyone who's tried it when I've made it loves it! Plus it's good for my vegetarian friend who won't eat Caesar because it has anchovies in it."

doddstir User ID: 4812196 78217
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2010

"I have made this salad many, many times and it always is a huge hit! I often take it to parties and gatherings. My husband requests it at least once a month too."

linsvin User ID: 1584655 80089
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2010

"Fantastic dressing, it truly is a quick recipe."

sherre User ID: 3741571 55770
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2010

"this is the grreatest. I make this dressing for so many different recipes. sometimes we add chicken to. this is a keeper!!"

paulettemerendino User ID: 1790827 24013
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2010

"This dressing was so tasty and soooo easy. I added some anchovy paste and it really popped!!"

sandyy User ID: 965425 42366
Reviewed May. 27, 2009

"This salad is delicious and receives many raves as well as requests for the recipe


Lin-Dser User ID: 787535 39939
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2008

"This salad is awesome just the way it is, but it's also good with crumbled bacon and/or olives."

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