Apple Tortellini Pasta Salad

Kick up your Tortellini Pasta Salad this week with a spin by adding Rave® apples, salami, red onions, mozzarella cheese and a homemade lemon vinaigrette!

overhead view of apple tortellini salad

This post is sponsored by Applewood Fresh.

There’s nothing better than cheesy pillows of warm tortellini, crunchy Rave® apples, red onion, salami, creamy mozzarella cheese and a homemade dressing. This tortellini salad recipe keeps well in the refrigerator. It is the perfect make ahead salad for your next backyard bbq or even to meal prep for lunch!

Why we love this Apple Tortellini Salad Recipe

  • The bright colors are simply delicious!
  • This tortellini salad is great to eat as a meal or as a side dish.
  • Great for entertaining guests.
  • Perfect for meal prepping!
  • Super simple to make at home.
  • Rave® apples have an outrageously juicy flavor and refreshing snappy zing.

close up of Apple Tortellini Pasta Salad

Variations to a Tortellini Salad

There are so many variations that can be made with this tortellini salad. Feel free to add the ingredients that you already have on hand or switch out for flavors your family loves.

Tortellini – sub in for your favorite tortellini, even the spinach and cheese combo would be delicious.

Salami – while we used slices of salami in this recipe, you can sub out for chicken, sliced pepperoni or even grilled shrimp.

Veggies – while we added red onion, plated with basil and topped with walnuts, you can add in black olives, cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts and even peppers.

Cheese – we added in diced mozzarella, however, mozzarella pearls would also work in this recipe as well as feta or goat cheese.

Ingredients: tortellini, spinach, Rave apples, salami, red onion and basil

INGREDIENTS FOR TORTELLINI SALAD

  • 2 Rave® Apples, Diced 1/2″ 
  • 20oz Cheese Tortellini
  • 5oz Salami, julienne cut
  • 1 medium red onion, julienne cut
  • 5oz Spinach
  • 5oz fresh mozzarella, diced 1/2″
  • 4oz chopped walnuts, toasted 
  • 1oz Basil, julienne cut
  • OPTIONAL 3oz dried cherries

salad dressing ingredients

lemon vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 T dijon
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

How to Make an apple Tortellini pasta Salad

Prepare the tortellini per package instructions in salted water, rinse with cold water to stop cooking.

Dicing Rave apples

Dice the Rave® apples and julienne the red onion and salami.

Adding ingredients to bowl

Next, combine the tortellini, Rave® apples, salami, red onion and mozzarella.

Mixing of lemon vinaigrette in a mason jar

In a mason jar or measuring bowl, combine the ingredients for the lemon vinaigrette and stir or shake to combine. Then, drizzle the tortellini salad with the vinaigrette. Finally, toss and enjoy over a plate of spinach topped with fresh basil and walnuts!

Rave apple with Tortellini pasta salad in the background

How to Store Leftover Tortellini Salad

Should you be lucky enough to have any leftover tortellini pasta salad, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The salad will last up to 5 days. Be sure to stir before enjoying it!

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Why We Love Applewood Fresh

You can depend on Applewood Fresh to deliver on quality and flavor. Their Michigan-grown apples are always crunchy, juicy, and bursting with flavor. Molded by glaciers and regulated by the climate of the Great Lakes, the nutrient-dense soil of Michigan produces apples that taste testers love.

Rave® apples are a  natural result of crossing Honeycrisp and MonArk apples. This apple has beautiful bright red skin that nearly covers a yellow background with a crisp and fine white flesh that is extremely juicy. It’s best to enjoy Rave® apples for a fresh snack or recipe ingredient. Look for their Rave® apples at your local grocery store. 

To learn more about Applewood Fresh apples, you can listen to our podcast, Taste Buds Don’t Lie featuring Brian Coates. You can also take a virtual field trip to the Michigan apple orchards to learn how the apple gets from the tree to the table.

More Recipes from Applewood Fresh

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Apple Tortellini Pasta Salad Recipe

Kick up your Tortellini Pasta Salad this week with a spin by adding Rave® apples, salami, red onions, mozzarella cheese and a homemade lemon vinaigrette!
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Course: Appetizer, Salad, Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: tortellini, pasta salad
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 809kcal

Ingredients

For the Salad

  • 2 Rave® apples Diced 1/2″
  • 20 oz Cheese Tortellini
  • 5 oz Salami julienne cut
  • 1 medium red onion julienne cut
  • 5 oz Spinach
  • 5 oz fresh mozzarella diced 1/2″
  • 4 oz chopped walnuts toasted
  • 1 oz Basil julienne cut

Lemon Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 T dijon
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Prepare tortellini per package instructions in salted water, rinse with cold water to stop cooking.
  • Dice the Rave® apples and julienne the red onion and salami.
  • Next, combine tortellini, Rave® apples, salami, red onion and mozzarella.
  • In a mason jar or measuring bowl, combine the ingredients for the lemon vinaigrette and stir or shake to combine. Drizzle the tortellini salad with the dressing, toss and enjoy over a plate of spinach topped with fresh basil and walnuts!

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Nutrition

Calories: 809kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 1529mg | Potassium: 467mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 2669IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 324mg | Iron: 5mg

Lori Taylor

Author: Lori Taylor

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

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