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Two Peas and Their Pod: Recipe for Tortellini Spinach Salad

Friday, March 13, 2009

Recipe for Tortellini Spinach Salad

Happy Friday! Any fun weekend plans? We are working at the Viking Cooking School on Saturday night. We are doing a French Dinner Party Class, I can't wait. We also have some plans with friends. I am thinking it will be a great weekend!

I am always up for a good salad. This Tortellini Spinach Salad is one of my favorites. It is so easy and you can mix it up with whatever you have on hand. I use frozen cheese tortellini and I always buy the colorful kind. It makes the salad more fun:) I cook the tortellini and then rinse it with cold water. This is a cold pasta salad.

I mix in whatever vegetables I have on hand. Some of my favorites are: artichokes, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, olives, etc. I then toss everything with a fat free Italian dressing and Italian seasoning. The salad is best if the flavors have time to simmer, so I usually chill it for a couple of hours and then serve it over a bed of fresh spinach. I usually top it off with fresh Parmesan too!

I love this salad because you can make it in advance, it's easy, colorful, tasty, healthy, makes great leftovers, versatile, and again TASTY!

Tortellini Spinach Salad

(Printable Recipe)

-1 bag of frozen cheese tortellini (in Utah, I find it at Harmon's or Ream's)
-Vegetables of your choice-chopped (This time I used tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, and peppers, but use anything you like)
-Italian dressing (or similar variety, use your favorite)
-Italian seasoning
Fresh spinach

1. Cook the tortellini in a big pot of salted water. When cooked, rinse with cold water.
2.Add in veggies and stir.
3. Cover with dressing and seasonings. Stir until well-coated.
4. Chill and serve over a bed of spinach.
5. Enjoy!

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Blogger LizNoVeggieGirl said...

So vibrant!!

5:01 AM  
Blogger The Purple Carrot said...

I'm always up for a good salad, too ... and SO colorful!!

5:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These tortellini looks so very colorful in a salad - delicious!

5:16 AM  
Blogger CookingCourtney said...

how colorful is that! those look so good.

5:18 AM  
Blogger sugarlens said...

Your dishes are always so colorful and fresh!

Having a delicious weekend! :)

5:18 AM  
Blogger Allie said...

Yum! I love the color of the dish and I bet it taste amazing!!

5:35 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

I'm a huge fan of pasta on salad! I actually like to keep it warm though and throw it on top (let it cool down just a little ;). I guess it would kind of "cook" the spinach, but it works really well on romaine. Have fun! Cannot wait to hear about the viking cooking class. I plan to do some shopping and finish planning my sisters baby shower. We're also having friends over for dinner on Saturday

5:53 AM  
Blogger Marthe said...

This looks like the perfect dish for me! Easy to make in advance, colourful and tasty too!!

5:58 AM  
Blogger Cristine said...

I want, I want, I want! YUM!

6:00 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

What a colorful salad and so many goodies in there too. I love pasta salad for that reason. It is such a great basis for so many falvor combinations!

6:17 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

I totally agree with Erica, I like the pasta still warm, there's something about cold pasta that I've just never been a fan of :) Looks great!

6:18 AM  
Blogger Culinary Wannabe said...

How pretty!! Great for lunch! And on completely side note - since you are the Viking expert, I was wondering if you could answer a question about my oven for me. What is the difference between bake and conventional bake? I know that fan turns on and all, but is it supposed to heat the oven up more quickly, and when should I be using it? I've been totally confused ever since we got it!

6:19 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

Beautiful! Don't you love tortellini!

6:32 AM  
Blogger Donna-FFW said...

I'm so envious of your cooking class.. wish I could attend. This dish is just brilliant. I love all the colors!!

6:40 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

ohh, tortellini is one of my favorite things in salad. yours looks gorgeous :)

6:55 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Thanks everyone! If you prefer the pasta warm, you can make this a warm salad. There are so many things you can do with it. Just play around and enjoy:)

7:00 AM  
Blogger Teanna DiMicco said...

Have a great time at the cooking school! That sounds like it is going to be so much fun!!! Your salad looks delicious!

7:17 AM  
Blogger Kristen616 said...

Looks delicious!!! I haven't had tortellini in ages..I'll bet it's great in a salad!

7:28 AM  
Blogger Netts Nook said...

Tortellini in a salad sounds great. We loved our Sushi Class at Viking Thanks for SHARING about Viking. Do you give Sushi lessons?

7:33 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Those are some of my favorite things - tortellini and zucchini! Sounds wonderful!

7:46 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Culinarywannabe-I will email you about the ovens:)

Teanna-Cooking school is fun. We are assistants, it is fun working together. We love getting paid to be in a super nice kitchen! The classes are really fun!

Netts Nook-I wish I would of worked the sushi class so I could of met you. They told me you were there. Glad you enjoyed it. I help out when I can. I have done a sushi class before. I hope you come again!

7:47 AM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

Yum, I love pasta in salad.

8:18 AM  
Blogger vanillasugarblog said...

Ohhh me too! I love a good pasta salad, just like this one.
Now that you've joined a cooking class, I want to; I love those so much.

8:26 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

An interesting salad! I could it that dish right now!



8:47 AM  
Blogger La Bella Cooks said...

Gorgeous colors! I am always looking for another twist to salad and this looks perfect. Great recipe, Maria. Enjoy your weekend.

9:06 AM  
Blogger Alexandra Stafford said...

I love tortellini salad and for whatever reason, I never think to make it at home. It's bringing me back to picnicking days with my family.


9:08 AM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

Maria, the colors of this dish make me hungry. Unfortunately it's still breakfast time. Your classes at Viking some amazing. I envy you. Have a great time.

9:30 AM  
Blogger jesse said...

Mmmm, looks filling but not too heavy. How refreshing!

9:46 AM  
Blogger ♥Rosie♥ said...

Happy Friday to you too :-)

This is one colourful salad and it look so good!

Rosie x

9:55 AM  
Blogger Reeni said...

What a wonderful, vibrant salad! It looks really good! Healthy and delicious!

10:03 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Excellent salad - filled with great colors and flavors.

Have fun at the Viking school this weekend.

10:39 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

What a delish salad!
Be a good teacher!

10:57 AM  
Blogger Colleen said...

This looks so simple, delicious, and healthy - great!

11:33 AM  
Blogger A_and_N said...

I love tortellini. Should try this someday!

1:14 PM  
Blogger pinkstripes said...

So colorful and delicious looking.

3:02 PM  
Blogger The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Looks great. I love tortellini and you have a great collection of veggies going.

Enjoy your weekend. Sounds like you have great plans. I'll be hanging with the horsies and probably not doing any cooking!

3:08 PM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

Yum. I love all the colors that are going on in this salad!

4:58 PM  
Blogger Ari (Baking and Books) said...

How cool that you are leading a french cooking class! Will you be posting pictures?

5:00 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

Ari-I am just assisting the class, but it will be fun. I will take my camera:)

5:02 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Something like this is so simple that when I see it, I can't believe I hadn't thought about it before. It looks delicious!

6:07 PM  
Blogger Ingrid_3Bs said...

It does sounds like a good weekend. We've got baseball and more baseball. The Twins have four games in two days.

Love all the wonderful colors in your salad. It looks so festive.

Btw, I made your cinnamon syrup. The kids have been putting it on their Eggos in the mornings. Devon, one of the twins,thinks it would be great as a donut glaze or drizzled on ice cream!

7:02 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

Ingrid- I am glad you tried the syrup! We love it. I will have to try it on ice cream, great suggestion! Have a great weekend!

7:05 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

great-lookin salad :)

7:05 PM  
Blogger Elyse said...

Easy, yet show-stopping good! Pasta salad has to be one of the best go-to meals ever. Great way to get your veggies in, too! Your salad looks colorful and delish!

7:21 PM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

Looks so pretty and fresh - I love that you make pasta salad more nutritious by serving it over spinach!

I just stumbled across your blog and I'm really enjoying reading your past posts!

8:41 PM  
Blogger Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

Yum, your tortellini looks gorgeous. I like that you put it on the salad.
I'm jealous you are going to the Viking School. I have friends that have been and they had a fabulous time and learned a lot. If my husband and I ever go, we'll also choose the French lesson because we love France.
I hope you'll post on your French lesson - I'll be looking forward to it.

6:06 AM  
Blogger NKP said...

That looks wonderful! So verdant and spring-like.

6:51 AM  
Blogger Nana said...

That sounds and looks so good.

7:38 AM  
Blogger Becky at VintageMixer said...

looks delicious! I will try this one soon :)

8:10 AM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

I love the colors in it and all the ingredients!!!!

So, you're "working" at the school???? Awesome. OK, I just saw you answer in the other comments. Very nice!

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The contrast in colors are spot on! Tortellini, and spinach, what a fantastic combination.

The photos are more stunning each and every time!

7:29 PM  
Blogger Jan said...

Looks lovely and very tasty!

12:34 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

All that color and healthy veggies! Yum! I do hope you'll report about the French dinner party. Sounds like a blast!

7:26 AM  
Blogger Lori Lynn said...

That is one gorgeous colorful salad. Bet it tasted as good as it looks.

5:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey Snacks said...

I haven't made this type of pasta salad forever!
So simple and a crowd pleaser.
I love salami, artichokes, peppers and olives in it!
Reminds me of summer!

7:46 PM  
Blogger Emily ~ Little Window Shoppe said...

This looks so good! I love salad recipes - especially now that summer/spring is on its way!

2:24 PM  
Blogger The Sweet Tooth Fairy said...

this looks so incredibly delicious!!!

9:10 PM  
Blogger Jan said...

I love tortellini salad, yours looks super.

4:47 PM  

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