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Creamy Italian Tortellini Salad

Eye-catching multi-colored tortellini salad in a creamy Italian dressing. So addictive, it’s almost a meal in itself!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Brunch, pasta, salads
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pasta salad recipe, tortellini
Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 832kcal


  • 1 pkg about 9 oz refrigerated cheese tortellini (I bought tri-color)


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 envelope Italian dressing mix
  • 1/4 cup milk or half-and-half
  • 1 tbs finely minced onion -OR- 1/2 tbs dehydrated instant onion see NOTES


  • Prepare tortellini as per package instructions, but only cook until it's al dente--boil maybe 4-5 minutes. Drain in a colander; keeping tortellini in the colander rinse with cold water then let drain thoroughly. Set aside until completely cool.
  • Mix dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Pour desired amount of dressing over cooled tortellini.
  • Chill until ready to serve.


If using instant dehydrated onion, re-hydrate before using by placing the dry onion flakes in a small bowl and mixing in 1 tbs warm water. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
A nice addition to the dressing is some Parmesan cheese. Add about 2 tsp. if desired.
You may have dressing left over--store in in a covered container in the fridge to use on green salad.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 832kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 1029mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 61IU | Calcium: 222mg | Iron: 4mg