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Tortellini Apple Salad

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This tortellini apple salad is one of my favorite salads to make during the warm summer months! It is filling and fresh and very delicious!

If you love salads with pasta in them, you have to try this BLT Pasta Salad, Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad and my favorite Pasta Salad with Italian dressing.

tortellini apple salad with strawberries

Tortellini Summer Salad

A couple years ago we attended a summer luncheon hosted by some close friends. Many of our friends in attendance were ranting and raving about an amazing tortellini apple salad that someone had brought.  Much to all of our dismay, this particular guest refused to give any of us her recipe. (I hate when people do this)

After many attempts, one of my friends was finally able to get her to crack and she sent her the recipe. BUT she was then sworn to secrecy and to this day refuses to give it out! (Again, I hate it when people do this)

Fast forward to last year when my parents hosted a BBQ and I was in charge of bringing a salad. I wanted 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 decided to figure it out for myself!  I came up with THIS apple tortellini salad with a homemade dressing and it is even better than I remember!

I am here today to SHARE it with all of you, because sharing is what nice people do! Please enjoy!!!  This tortellini salad is super easy to make and you can enjoy it all summer long!

How To Make An Apple Tortellini Salad

Cook The Pasta – You’ll want to first start by cooking the tortellini according to the directions on the package.  Once the pasta is done cooking, you’ll want to drain it and then let it cool completely.

Dressing – The key to this delicious tortellini salad is the homemade dressing.  If no one would judge me, I’d drink this straight from the bottle.;) Simply mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl until they have all fully combine.  Cover the dressing and then put it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

Compile – Place the tortellini and all of the salad ingredients into a large bowl and give everything a good mix.  Add the dressing and then gently toss everything to coat and then serve it immediately.

summer tortellini salad with apples

Recipe Variation & Tips

Timing Is Everything – You don’t want to preparing everything too soon before serving this salad.  If you prep it too far in advance, the apples and strawberries will make everything else a little soggy.  The same is true for the dressing.  Wait until you’re ready to serve the salad before adding the dressing.

Using Other Pastas – I have also made this tortellini salad with bow tie pasta and shell pasta when I didn’t have any tortellini on-hand. This slight variation is also super delicious!

Cooking Tip – I like to use a spill stopper lid while boiling the pasta so I can concentrate on prepping everything else.  This has saved me so many times, it’s my new favorite kitchen gadget.

More Easy Summer Salads

summer tortellini apple salad
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Tortellini Apple Salad Recipe

This fresh tortellini apple salad is one of my favorite salads to make enjoy during the summer!
Course dinner, lunch, Salad
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword fruit, pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 380 kcal


For The Dressing

  • 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

For The Salad

  • 18 oz frozen cheese tortellini 2 packages
  • 4 C. green apples chopped
  • 4 C. romaine lettuce shredded
  • 2 C. strawberries sliced
  • 1/4 C. celery thin sliced
  • 1/4 C. green onions sliced
  • 2 Tbs. walnuts


  1. Combine apple juice concentrate, corn syrup, vinegar, sugar, garlic salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. Cook the cheese tortellini according to package directions. Drain and cool thoroughly.
  3. In large mixing bowl combine tortellini and remaining ingredients.
  4. Toss gently with apple juice dressing and serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Tortellini Apple Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 380 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 366mg16%
Potassium 571mg16%
Carbohydrates 70g23%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 35g39%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 10481IU210%
Vitamin C 47mg57%
Calcium 161mg16%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

a plate of tortellini apple salad

This post originally publish on Somewhat Simple in July 2010

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