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Two Peas and Their Pod: Spinach Salad with Tortellini, Dried Cranberries, Apples, Almonds, and Feta

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Spinach Salad with Tortellini, Dried Cranberries, Apples, Almonds, and Feta




I love browsing Foodgawker and TasteSpotting for cooking and baking inspiration. The only problem is I usually end up hungry:) Last week I saw Picky Cook's tortellini salad and immediately bookmarked it.

On Sunday I was feeling lazy, but still wanted a tasty meal. This salad popped into my mind. I didn't have the exact ingredients, but that didn't stop me. I just switched things up a bit. I used frozen cheese tortellini and spinach as the base of the salad. I also added in dried cranberries, Granny Smith apple slices, almonds, and feta cheese. I drizzled the salad with balsamic dressing and voila-a masterpiece in minutes.

The dried cranberries and apples gave the salad a nice sweetness. The almonds also added a nice crunch. This salad is very filling because of the tortellini and all of the goodies involved. Enjoy it as a meal or serve a little bit on the side of your favorite fall soup.



Spinach Salad with Tortellini, Dried Cranberries, Apples, Almonds, and Feta
Inspired by Picky Cook


Fresh spinach leaves
Cheese tortellini, cooked, drained, and chilled
Dried cranberries
Granny Smith apple, cut into thin slices
Almonds
Feta cheese
Balsamic dressing

1. Cook the tortellini according to package instructions. I used frozen tortellini. Drain and rinse with cold water.
2. Place a bed of spinach on a plate.
3. Add tortellini, dried cranberries, apple slices, almonds, feta cheese, and dressing.
4. Eat and enjoy.

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from RecipeGirl
Pesto Tortellini with Sauteed Vegetables and Parmesan Cheese
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Tortellini Skewers
from Dana Treat
Tortellini Vegetable Soup from Two Peas and Their Pod

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57 Comments:

Blogger Ben said...

Very nice salad. I am sure all the ingredients came together beautifully.

4:28 AM  
Blogger lesley living life said...

That looks like my kind of salad ... apples are definitely one of my very favorite salad ingredients, and even better with feta and almonds! : )

5:27 AM  
Anonymous Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said...

This salad looks fantastic! A nice twist on my standard spinach salad. Thank you!

5:31 AM  
Anonymous Elle said...

Love it! Always looking for new ways to have salad. It's so pretty!

6:28 AM  
Blogger Kalyn said...

It does look good. Wish I could find whole wheat tortellini!

6:31 AM  
Blogger VeggieGirl said...

Such lovely flavors and colors!

6:38 AM  
Blogger Anh said...

This looks likea lovely eal indeed!

6:52 AM  
Anonymous Unplanned Cooking said...

I'm always looking for new salad ideas! Do you usually dip your apples in lemon juice so they don't turn brown, or don't you worry about it on a salad?

6:52 AM  
Anonymous Teanna said...

This looks like a great, healthy-yet-satisfying, dinner! I love all of the ingredients!

6:59 AM  
Blogger Manggy said...

I love it when a salad has that touch of sweetness- and this is a great one-two with the cranberries and apples :) I'm such a sweet tooth aren't I?!

7:05 AM  
Anonymous Meg said...

Awesome combination of flavors and textures. I will have to try this!

7:05 AM  
Blogger kat said...

Oh this has some great flavor combinations in it!

7:06 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

YUM! I love putting pasta on salads. This is a great blend of flavors. You make such great dinners.

7:19 AM  
Anonymous Dana said...

I like the sweetness there for something a little different. Sounds great!

7:26 AM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

Now you have me starving and craving tortellini. Bad. I bet this was really delicious.

7:44 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

This is my kind of salad!

7:50 AM  
Blogger Cookie baker Lynn said...

I have a friend coming over for lunch and this would be the perfect thing to serve. Thanks for posting it!

7:58 AM  
Blogger Gaby said...

hahaha we did it again - spinach salads on the same day. I love us :) Yours looks delicious - I love the tortellini in there! yummmm

7:59 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

quick, filling, perfect!

8:08 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Man that looks good, I have everything I need to make it even! Thanks for sharing!

9:06 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

This is a really nice combination of flavors. I'm missing my fresh spinach from the garden!

9:25 AM  
Blogger The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I love tortellini, but I never thought to blend them in a sweet salad this way. Very cool idea.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Meghan said...

This looks like a delicious salad perfect for fall!!!

10:02 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I'm definitely making this one day soon to bring to work for lunch! Looks so tasty, and I'm always looking for something filling but light enough to not put me in a food coma for the rest of the afternoon!

10:32 AM  
Blogger Dragon said...

Yum and wow!

11:30 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

What a great healthy meal!I really need have more salads for meals.

11:46 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Maria I have this printed out for a try, too! Glad to hear that it is a good one.
~ingrid

12:53 PM  
Blogger Robin Sue said...

This would make a perfect lunch for me someday! Love all these ingredients and colors.

12:55 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

I love salads like that. I just wish I could make that as a meal for my beef-eating husband.

1:00 PM  
Blogger Cookin' Canuck said...

What a perfect Fall salad. I love the flavor combination!

1:31 PM  
Blogger Tracey said...

What a nice salad Maria! I love tortellini but I've never though to have them in salad.

1:43 PM  
Blogger Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

What a gorgeous salad! Perfect for fall.

2:11 PM  
Blogger Half Baked said...

Lovely salad!

2:38 PM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A refined saladü I love that idea!

Cheers,

Rosa

2:52 PM  
Blogger DCRose said...

Yum. A definite for this week. Thanks.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

now this is my kind of salad--a little bit of everything with some texture.

3:07 PM  
Blogger The Food Hunter said...

This sounds great. I love putting feta and apples in my salads.

3:19 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

What a beautiful and delicious salad. I can't wait to try this.

3:26 PM  
Blogger Esi said...

I made a similar salad a few months ago. Love the combo! So many ways to change it up.

4:23 PM  
Blogger Bunny said...

it looks absolutely fantastic! great salad!

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Brooke said...

I have been adding pasta to my salads for years but I never thought to add tortellini. This is on my list to try very soon!!

7:22 PM  
Blogger CookiePie said...

Great idea - meal in a bowl!!

7:57 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

What a unique and yummy salad!

8:17 PM  
Blogger teresa said...

oh yummy! i bet with that tortellini it was so filling, delicious!

5:28 AM  
Blogger Grace said...

i've never had tortellini in a cold, green salad--interesting addition, maria!

5:56 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

Gorgeous! It looks delicious!

9:19 AM  
OpenID pinkstripes said...

This is totally something I would love. All the ingredients are yummy on their own.

11:04 AM  
Blogger JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

This looks delicious! I can see how all those flavors would meld into perfection together! YUM.

11:28 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

I would be lost w/o tastespotting!
Yummy dish

12:13 PM  
Blogger Ferni's Food said...

What a fabulous idea to put pasta in your salad. Definitely makes it more of a meal. It looks so yummy : ) Especially right now since I am hungry :P

5:54 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

perfect combo of fall flavors!

6:14 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

I love making salads more interesting. This one looks so filling and delicious!

3:41 AM  
Blogger Geezees Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

This looks delicious...I'm making it this weekend!

4:15 AM  
Blogger Simply Life said...

Yum, this salad looks so good! Great idea to add the tortellini!

5:51 AM  
Blogger Cindy Brink said...

Hi Maria-
We've met. I'm friends with Suzi and Sean and she told me to check out your blog. My daughter and I have recently created a mother/daughter food blog-the names are actually similar! Check it out when you have time-as time goes on I'd love to pick your brain!!!!

6:58 PM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

The tortellini make this salad sound so yummy and filling! I love all the ingredients you used!

12:45 PM  
Blogger eatme_delicious said...

Ooo this looks so so good! I love having big salads for a meal and this one looks super tasty and like it would be filling enough for a meal.

10:49 PM  

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