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Tortellini Salad

While my family was visiting our cousins for July 4th weekend, our cousin “K” made this great tortellini salad. It was a huge hit with my daughter and my husband. Perfect for a picnic or bbq!  The recipe was part of a collection of  recipes from family and friends that she and her mom put together to create a family recipe book as a holiday gift for her sister. The recipe is called “Aunt Shirley’s Pasta Salad” created by an Aunt of a friend of “K’s” sister.

Ingredients for Salad

  • 1lb of tortellini (I used tri-color because that is what I had)
  • 4 chopped tomatoes ( I used 1 pint of grape tomatoes cut in half)
  • 1 8-10 oz package of frozen chopped spinach
  • 1/2 lb grated Jarlsberg cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste

Ingredients for Dressing

  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped garlic


  1. Cook tortellini according to package and drain
  2. Combine tortellini, tomatoes, spinach, cheese, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix well
  3. Put dressing ingredients in a blender and blend until mixture becomes a consistency of a mayonnaise.
  4. Pour over salad and mix well.
  5. Chill in refrigerator for at least 1/2 day

Tri Color Tortellini Salad