Tortellini Apple Salad- Perfect for Summer!

A little background on this yummy Tortellini Apple Salad…
A couple years ago I went to the baptism of a friend’s son. Afterward, they had a small luncheon and everyone was ranting and raving over this amazing Tortellini Apple Salad brought by one of the guests. Much to all of our dismay, this particular guest refused to give any of us her recipe- I hate when people do this!

After emailing the lady again and again, my friend was finally able to get her to crack and she was given the recipe. But she was then sworn to secrecy and to this day refuses to give it out! Again, I hate when people do this!

So this year for Memorial Day, my parents had a BBQ and I was in charge of bringing a salad. Wanting so badly to bring this Tortellini Salad, I called my friend, begged her to break her promise, and when she wouldn’t let up, I went to the internet. I found THIS recipe for a Tortellini Apple Salad that is even better than I remember! I made just a few minor adjustments. AND I share my recipes- HA! For all my readers, please enjoy!!!

Tortellini Apple Salad


  • 6 Tbs. frozen concentrated apple juice
  • 6 Tbs. corn syrup
  • 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 2 pkg. frozen cheese tortellini (9 oz.)
  • 4 C. chopped green apples
  • 4 C. shredded romaine lettuce
  • 2 C. of sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 C. thin sliced celery
  • 1/4 C. sliced green onions
  • 2 Tbs. walnuts


Combine apple juice concentrate, corn syrup, vinegar, sugar, garlic salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate. Cook the cheese tortellini according to package directions. Drain and cool thoroughly. In large mixing bowl combine tortellini and remaining ingredients. Toss gently with apple juice dressing and serve immediately.

Variation: I have also made this salad with ow tie pasta and shell pasta because that is what I had on hand.

This post originally publish on Somewhat Simple in July 2010


Wife, mom of 5, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.
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  1. Oh! this is one of my favorites!! In fact I'm making it this weekend for a gathering. YUM, can't wait!
    btw – I'd have shared the recipe : )

  2. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper says:

    that looks delish!!! and thanks for sharing. i can't stand when people do that, either. it's just a recipe, folks, and now with the internet, you can find almost any recipe if you look hard enough!

  3. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper says:

    that looks delish!!! and thanks for sharing. i can't stand when people do that, either. it's just a recipe, folks, and now with the internet, you can find almost any recipe if you look hard enough!

  4. Life in Rehab says:

    This sounds fantastic, I'm passing it on to the chef. Thanks for sharing!

  5. she wears flowers says:

    That is funny! Glad you share! That happened to me once and I finally got the recipe. I had to promise not to share it in that area. We moved and now I pass it around freely. I share too!

  6. Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys says:

    Looks yummy!

  7. That salad looks yummy. I will definitely try it. I think good food is something to share so I get frustrated with people who want to keep recipes to themselves. I work with a woman who does that and I think it is sad.

  8. Love the Decor! says:


  9. Hi there! I stumbled across your blog and it's so cute! I can't wait to try this recipe! Happy Wednesday :)

  10. Yum! Glad I haven't gone grocery shopping yet today…this will be for dinner tonight! Thanks for sharing. ;-)

  11. McRae Family says:

    Oh my gosh, I totally agree about the recipe sharing thing. It seriously bugs me SO MUCH! I had someone do that with cheesecake so finally I started trying my own recipes and now, after some trial and error, I think mine is better. Too bad I don't work with her anymore to rub it in her face!

  12. Blane181 says:

    That sounds and looks delicious! Thank you for sharing.

    I don't get why people refuse to share the recipe…I feel like it's the highest of compliments when someone wants to pass along greatness to others. Psh.

  13. Yum-o! I will totally be trying this. I can't believe they wouldn't share the recipe with you, at least you found a good one online.
    Now when I make it I will tell everyone about Steph's Cold Tortellini Apple Salad. :)

    PS – So fun to see you last night! So nice to have some buddies to chat with.

  14. Michelle says:

    Drives me nuts when people do this! Is there anything you could substitute for the corn syrup? Seems weird to put that in a salad, but I'd love to try this.

  15. **Amy** says:

    Yum! Love a good summer salad!

  16. Charity Donovan says:

    This looks delicious! Here is a similar recipe that I LOVE. You might enjoy as well! It makes a ton though so cut recipe by quite a bit!

  17. Charity Donovan says: