Tortellini Spinach Salad With Sesame Dressing

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 5 mins

I copied this recipe from a vegetarian cookbook many years ago and I just came across it again today. It is such a wonderful salad - I love spinach and cheese tortellini but the dressing is what really makes it stand out.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine dressing ingredients (oil through black pepper) in a jar, shaking to combine (or whisk together in a small bowl).
  2. Cook tortellini according to package directions, being sure not to overcook. Drain and transfer to a large serving bowl.
  3. Stir the bell pepper, tomato and onion with the tortellini. Pour half of the dressing over and toss well.
  4. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 8 hours. (Cover and chill if longer than 1 hour. Bring to room temperature before serving.).
  5. Just before serving, stir the spinach into the tortellini mixture. Pour on the remaining dressing and toss well. Sprinkle on the sesame seeds and toss again.
  6. *Note: To toast sesame seeds, place in a small, dry skillet and toast over medium heat until they begin to pop and smoke slightly, about 3 minutes. Let cool. Be careful not to burn them!
Most Helpful

We LOVED this meal! The salad has a wonderful Asian flair, and it served the 2 of us for 3 meals! (I just add enough of the pasta mixture to the right amount of spinach each time.)
In the dressing, I cut back the oil to 1/4 cup and increased the soy sauce (I couldn't find tamari) by 1 Tbsp. I thought these changes made the perfect flavor.
I've never used sesame oil before, and none of the bottles at the store specified 'toasted'; it is wonderfully fragrant however, and really makes this dish!

J-Lynn January 28, 2013

This was delicious!!!! I did add a little fresh grated ginger to the dressing, cut back on the oil (which didn't hurt this at all) and added about 1 tsp. of brown sugar. Also I tossed in some shrimp which I had marinated in some of the dressing (I cut the recipe in half but left the full amount of the dressing). DH and I gobbled this down and wished I had made more. Thank you for posting and this is going into my Favorites of 2012. Made for National Tomato Month Forum -- Diabeties.

mama smurf April 11, 2012

Delicious and easy! I made it the night before and added the spinach in an hour before lunch and it turned out wonderful! I've made it twice already! I do cut the oil down a little, per other reviews, but other than that I make it as written. A real summer go-to. Thanks!

JennyLynn99 August 10, 2011