Caesar Salad with Cheese Tortellini

This Caesar Salad is upgraded with extra veggies and cheese tortellini! Makes a great lunch or tasty party side dish and it’s ready in just 25 minutes.

One of my favorite things about summer barbecues is trying all the food that people bring along.

I recently tried a Caesar Salad just like this one: Loaded up with extra veggies and a delightful addition of cheese tortellini! Perfection! I couldn’t WAIT to make it at home and eat it all myself.

This Caesar Salad is upgraded with extra veggies and cheese tortellini! Makes a great lunch or tasty party side dish and it's ready in just 25 minutes.

I have always heard that you are supposed to tear greens, not cut them with a knife (at least not a metal one), to avoid bruising and potential browning. I find chopping with my chef’s knife goes faster, and if the blade is sharp, I’m not worried about bruising.

If I know I’ll be eating the salad within the next few hours, I don’t worry about discoloration, either. There is certainly a rustic appeal to hand-torn romaine leaves, though, so do whatever makes you happy.

This Caesar Salad is upgraded with extra veggies and cheese tortellini! Makes a great lunch or tasty party side dish and it's ready in just 25 minutes.

Next add halved grape tomatoes and thinly-sliced cucumbers to the salad. If using a thin-skinned cucumber such as hothouse or Japanese cucumbers, you probably won’t have to peel them. Cherry tomatoes will work fine in place of the grape tomatoes, and if they seem like extra large, happy tomatoes, consider quartering them.

Cheese tortellini is a great freezer item to keep on hand. I love it as an appetizer or a quick main meal, and it is the perfect addition to this Caesar salad.

Keep it frozen right up until you add to your boiling, salted water, and then keep and eye on it since it will be cooked in 4 to 7 minutes. The tortellini will all rise to the top of the pot and a noodle pierced by an instant-read thermometer should read 165°F. Drain and rinse with cold water to prevent sticking and to stop the cooking process. Then, add to your salad! Aren’t you getting excited?!

This Caesar Salad is upgraded with extra veggies and cheese tortellini! Makes a great lunch or tasty party side dish and it's ready in just 25 minutes.

No-Nonsense Caesar Dressing

The salad dressing here is super simple and incredibly delicious.

Unlike typical Caesar salad dressings which are intimidating due to their raw eggs and anchovies, this version uses staple ingredients such as mayonnaise (there are you eggs!) and worcestershire sauce (there are your anchovies!).

Add some spicy brown mustard and lemon juice for a tangy zing, season with salt and pepper, and your new favorite dressing is ready to go. If you find the dressing is too spicy or tangy, just add a little more mayonnaise. Omit the worcestershire sauce to make this recipe vegetarian. It’ll still have plenty of zip from the mustard! By the way, to make this a carnivore recipe, add some grilled chicken.

Toss the dressing with the salad ingredients, top with crunchy croutons (homemade and store-bought are both good choices), and get ready to dive in!  And then just try to stop eating it…. I dare you.

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Caesar Salad with Cheese Tortellini

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time:10 min

Cook Time:15 min

Total Time:25 min

This Caesar Salad is upgraded with extra veggies and cheese tortellini! Makes a great lunch or tasty party side dish and it's ready in just 25 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16 ounce) pkg. frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1 large head of romaine, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
  • Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing
  • Homemade or purchased croutons

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan or stock pot, bring 4 quarts water and 1 T. salt to a boil. Add tortellini and boil according to package instructions, about 5 minutes. Tortellini should float to the top of the pot and register 165°F when pierced with an instant-read thermometer. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. In a large bowl, combine romaine, tortellini, tomatoes, and cucumber slices. Toss with salad dressing until uniformly coated. Top with croutons and serve.

This Caesar Salad is upgraded with extra veggies and cheese tortellini! Makes a great lunch or tasty party side dish and it's ready in just 25 minutes.

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20 comments

  1. I love the addition of the tortellini, a great alternative to adding chicken.

  2. I love this idea of adding tortellini to a salad! This looks delicious!!

  3. This is really clever! It’s like a caesar and pasta salad had a baby, two of my favourites! Plus you’ve upped the stakes by using tortellini rather than ordinary pasta. I also like the simple dressing you’ve used and the quantity you make gets a big tick from me too! A pet peeve of mine are salad recipes that should be called “Mayo dressing with lettuce” rather than “Lettuce with mayo dressing” because the salad is DROWNING in dressing. So one of the first things I always do is check out the dressing recipe quantities and I like that yours is so sensible! Pinning!

    • Thanks Nagi, glad you approve! :) Whew! I know what you mean though, so many times it’s something like, would you like some lettuce with your salad dressing? In this case it’s full-fat dressing all over the place too so it is definitely best to be judicious in your usage. Still trying to offer a salad here, after all! :) Thanks for the pin too!

  4. What a wonderful way to customize Caesar salad, a nice break from chicken,I love it! I’m also not a fan of raw eggs in m Caesar dressing, so your dressing recipe is just “my type”. This salad looks fresh, I want to dig into it right now!

  5. Wow. This kind of salad is totally new to me. I love it!

  6. This is a really interesting version of a classic crowd-pleaser salad, Meggan! The dressing sounds great, too!

  7. This looks delicious! I bet it is more filling with the tortellini too! Gorgeous photos Meggan!

  8. I love the addition of the cheese tortellini in this caesar salad. The salad looks so fresh and delicious! What a great, easy to make lunch or dinner!

  9. I just LOVE this tortellini on a salad..yum!

  10. I gobble up tortellini way too fast for me to just keep on hand, but I love the idea of adding them to a salad, especially a caesar salad (one of my faves!)!

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