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Super YUMMY and easy Tortellini Salad filled with tortellini, salad, ranch, tomatoes and bacon bits – perfect for summer time!
This simple salad has become a go-to for BBQs, holidays and summer. If you love it, you’ll also love our chicken caesar salad, southwest salad and broccoli salad.
Quick + Easy Tortellini Salad
My family gets together for dinner almost every Sunday. My mom always makes the main dish and then whoever was coming that week would get an assignment whether it be a side dish, salad or dessert.
Over the years each kid has kind of become known for certain dishes and usually gets the same assignment quite often depending on the kind of meal (Italian, Mexican, etc). One dish my little sister always does is Fried Zucchini. I almost always do desserts. And my older sister always does one of two salads she’s famous for – Ramen Noodle Salad and today’s Tortellini Salad.
They are both recipes the entire family loves so we have them quite often. When I first had this salad years and years ago I was a bit skeptical on how it would taste, but I absolutely love it. The Tortellini is the perfect ingredient for this salad making it a favorite for everyone. I’ve brought this to a few functions and I’ve never come home with any leftovers making it quite the hit.
This Salad is perfect in the summer time!
How to Make Tortellini Salad
This salad recipe is quick and simple. The most time-consuming thing is cooking up the tortellini (which you can choose your favorite but we like the classic cheese tortellini from Buitoni), but once that’s done, you only have minutes of prepping.
Pour lettuce into the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Layer cooked tortellini on top of the lettuce along with the cut grape tomatoes.
Additions: This salad is simple, delicious and so easy to customize to your liking. Add more, or less of our suggested ingredients. You can also include other ingredients such as red onions, diced avocado, or spinach leaves. Be creative and, most of all, enjoy every bite!
Bacon bits: You can easily use bacon bits from the grocery store, and I have in a pinch. However, fresh cooked bacon tastes the best. I suggest using this easy Bacon in the Oven recipe.
Making Ahead + Storing
This salad can be made in advance. To do that, prepare salad, but keep bacon and ranch separate until right before serving.
Once ready to serve, drizzle on ranch and bacon bits.
To store, we recommend placing in an air-tight container for up to 1 day. Salad tends to get soggy, especially if the dressing is on, so the salad does not store for long.
We LOVE serving this salad with an Italian meal, although it really goes great with anything!
Also, in case you’ve never used Tortellini, it can be found in the freezer section of your grocery store. I didn’t know that the first time I made this and spent quite awhile looking for it – lol! Hope that helps. 🙂
For more Salad Recipes, check out:
- Ramen Noodle Salad
- Asian Pasta Salad
- Waldorf Salad
- Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad