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Fresh and filling Tortellini Salad whips up in minutes for a delicious summer salad topped with creamy ranch dressing.

This simple Tortellini Salad has become a go-to for BBQs, holidays, and summer. We love our Spinach and Tortellini Salad, as well as our Steak and Tortellini Salad, but this version is by far the easiest!

Easy tortellini salad with tomatoes, ranch, romaine and bacon bits.

Quick + Easy Tortellini Salad

My family gets together for dinner almost every Sunday. My mom always makes the main dish and the rest of us take the remaining assignments whether it be a side dish, salad, or dessert.

One dish my little sister always does is Fried Zucchini. I almost always do desserts. And my older sister always does one of two salads she’s famous for – Ramen Noodle Salad and today’s Tortellini Salad.

The tortellini is the perfect ingredient for this salad making it a favorite for everyone.

I’ve brought this to a few functions and I’ve never come home with any leftovers—it’s quite the hit. We especially love to make it in the summertime.

Lettuce layer of tortellini salad in a baking dish.

So quick – so simple!

This Tortellini Salad with Ranch Dressing is quick and simple!

The most time-consuming part is cooking up the tortellini (choose your favorite – we like the classic cheese tortellini from Buitoni). Once that’s done, you only have minutes of prepping.

LETTUCE. Pour lettuce into the bottom of a 9×13 pan.

TORTELLINI. Layer cooked tortellini on top of the lettuce along with the grape tomatoes.

DRESSING. Sprinkle with Ranch and bacon bits right before serving.

Homemade ranch dressing for tortellini salad in a glass bowl.

Recipe Tips

Cooking tortellini. Use fresh tortellini from the refrigerated section or buy a package from the freezer section.

This recipe uses cheese tortellini, but other types may be used such as spinach and cheese tortellini or meat tortellini.

Tortellini can be found in different colors. It doesn’t affect the flavor just the appearance.

  • Cook the tortellini according to the package directions. In general, fill a medium to large pot with water and bring it to a boil. Add the tortellini.
  • Cook fresh tortellini for about 6-7 minutes and frozen tortellini for about 10 minutes.
  • Drain and pat dry before adding it to the salad. 

Alternative ingredients. I love the simplicity of this Bacon Ranch Tortellini Salad. There are only a few ingredients, but they pair well together with lots of flavors.

With that said, the salad makes a great base to toss in other ingredients. Add anything you think will taste great together: 

  • Extra veggies. bell peppers, red onion, diced avocado, spinach, artichoke hearts, cucumber, or black olives.
  • Cheese. Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, or feta cheese.

Bacon. Easily use bacon bits from the grocery store, however, fresh-cooked bacon tastes the best.

Storing Info

Make ahead of time. Prepare Easy Tortellini Salad and keep it covered in the fridge. Store the bacon and Ranch in separate containers. Combine them right before serving.

Once ready to serve, drizzle on ranch and bacon bits.

STORE. Place Ranch Tortellini Salad in an air-tight container and keep it in the refrigerator for a couple of days. Dressed salad tends to get soggy, so it does not store for long.

A close up of a glass bowl filled with tortellini salad.

Recipe FAQ

What should I serve with tortellini salad?

This refreshing salad goes so well with any italian meal or summer dinner, basically we love any excuse to make this delicious salad!

How do you make homemade ranch?

All you need is mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk and some basic seasonings to make your own Ranch that tastes so much better than store-bought. The complete ingredient list and instructions can be found in our Homemade Ranch Dressing post.

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4.96 from 22 votes

Easy Tortellini Salad Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Fresh and filling Tortellini Salad whips up in minutes for a delicious summer salad topped with creamy ranch dressing.
Servings: 10
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes


  • 3 romaine lettuce heads
  • 1 20 oz. bag cheese tortellini cooked according to package instructions
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes cut in half
  • 1/2 cup Ranch dressing homemade ranch is our favorite
  • 1/2 cup bacon bits
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  • Pour lettuce into the bottom of a 9×13 pan.
  • Layer cooked tortellini on top of the lettuce along with the grape tomatoes.
  • Sprinkle with ranch and bacon bits right before serving.



Calories: 88kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 230mg, Potassium: 74mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 794IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 6mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
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About Kristyn

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. Sha says:

    5 stars
    This is a great summer salad recipe! So bright and delicious!

  2. jess says:

    5 stars
    this tortellini salad was everything that I wanted it to be and more! thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe

  3. Doreen T says:

    5 stars
    This was a hit for my girls night! I gave the recipe to. three friends!

  4. Olivia says:

    5 stars
    Thank you for sharing this recipe! It’s so fresh and delicious, everyone here couldn’t get enough of it!

  5. Sam says:

    5 stars
    We all loved the combo of green salad with a pasta salad. I’ve already been asked to make this again for our Memorial Day BBQ!

  6. Andrea Thueson says:

    5 stars
    My kids gobbled this recipe up! Bacon, ranch tortellini a clear winner! Thanks for sharing 😍

    1. Natasha says:

      5 stars
      This Tortellini Salad is so delicious! I love that it’s so quick to make with simple and easy to find ingredients.

  7. Eden says:

    5 stars
    This was fantastic! So flavorful and delicious and everyone loved it!

  8. Kim says:

    5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe! I love salads that can be the whole meal!

  9. Sarah says:

    5 stars
    My family is not a fan of salads and so when I brought this to our Christmas dinner they didn’t seem impressed. But after I made them try it, they couldn’t stop eating it! Love it for an easy and healthy salad choice!

  10. Jean says:

    4 stars
    Easy and seemed to satisfy the cRowd. My tOrtellini wasn’t the best. I used the same brand but even aFter cOoking for only 6 minutes it seemed overdone. I added lots of bacon and ADded Some parmesan.
    I’d make it agAin but might try different pasta.

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Thank you for letting me know! Sometimes, mine are done in just a few minutes.