fruit tortellini salad #SundaySupper

Fruit Tortellini Salad is a fantastic sweet and savory pasta salad with cheese tortellini, fresh pineapple, oranges and homemade poppyseed dressing – perfect for your next picnic!
Fruit Tortellini Salad by Jelly Toast

Do you ever come across a recipe or meal at a party or restaurant that just sticks in your head and you can’t shake it until you have the chance to go home and try to recreate it for yourself? No? Maybe it’s just me.

I am constantly making notes in my phone when I come across new and unusual combinations when we’re out and about. Either that or I take quick pics on my iPhone so that I can try to commit to memory the flavors and experience of a certain dish.

This happens to me a lot, if you can’t tell.

Fruit Tortellini Salad by Jelly Toast

Well, there is a restaurant in our city that serves the most incredible cheese tortellini and fruit pasta salad. The first time I ordered it, I was surprised by the combination of cheese tortellini, pineapple and mandarin oranges because on paper, this seems like an incredibly odd combination. But let me tell you, the mild and tender cheese tortellini paired with the tangy citrus and sweet pineapple, all drizzled in a fresh homemade poppyseed dressing is an unbeatable pairing. The super thinly sliced red onion add another savory element to the entire dish that just rounds out the salad and keeps it from becoming too sweet.

I love this salad. I’ve even topped it with grilled chicken strips for an even heartier meal. Serve it as a side dish or a main course, but either way, you’re in for a treat! Also, the fact that it’s not a mayo based pasta salad makes it perfect for a picnic. Make it ahead of time, because the longer it sits, the more the flavors meld together. It’s incredibly simple to make, even the dressing, which is just a quick buzz in the blender away from being finished.

Fruit Tortellini Salad by Jelly Toast

Honestly, this salad is amazing!

Fruit Tortellini Salad Recipe

Yield: 4-6 servings


1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/3 cup diced Vidalia onion
3/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon poppyseeds
1 lb cheese tortellini, cooked and chilled
1 1/2 cups pineapple
1 1/4 cups orange segments
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced


Blend cider vinegar, rice vinegar, Vidalia onion, oil and sugar in the blender until smooth. Stir in poppseeds and set aside. Toss remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle 1/2 cup of the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.

Chill and serve!


Remaining dressing can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Recipe inspired by Grumpy's in Toledo
June 29th, 2014

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45 Responses to “fruit tortellini salad #SundaySupper”

  1. Nazia @ This Baker Girl Blogs — June 29, 2014 @ 4:32 am (#)

    Was a little surprised by the combination at first, but it sounds like it works so well. And it looks beautiful!!

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  15. Marlene @Nosh My Way — June 29, 2014 @ 11:44 am (#)

    What an excellent twist to a typical tortellini salad.

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  19. Tara — June 29, 2014 @ 1:17 pm (#)

    Love the combo of fruit and cheese tortellini, big YUM!!

  20. Kristen — June 29, 2014 @ 1:25 pm (#)

    I would have never thought to put thus combination together. Love it!

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  23. Shannon R — June 29, 2014 @ 1:46 pm (#)

    I would have never considered mixing fruit and torellini, what a great idea. Thanks for sharing with us!

  24. Liz — June 29, 2014 @ 1:49 pm (#)

    I believe you! This looks like a lovely combination of flavors and textures…and the perfect salad for a picnic!

  25. Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen — June 29, 2014 @ 2:31 pm (#)

    What a fabulous idea for a salad!!

  26. Courtney @ Neighborfood — June 29, 2014 @ 3:35 pm (#)

    This is so interesting Emily! I love the idea of combining cheesy pasta and fruit. And I’m the same way with recipes–I’m always trying to decipher ingredients in restaurant meals and jotting down notes so I can recreate them at home.

  27. I’m a little surprised you saw this on a restaurantmenu because I wouldn’t think to put it on one but I’m glad you were inspired by it. Very creative!

  28. Martin D Redmond — June 29, 2014 @ 4:32 pm (#)

    Your salad looks fantastic! It’s perfect for a picnic and I love the dressing!

  29. Shaina — June 29, 2014 @ 4:39 pm (#)

    What an interesting combination of flavors. But a sweet and savory pasta dish sounds ok in my book!

  30. Christy @ Confessions of a Culinary Diva — June 29, 2014 @ 4:54 pm (#)

    What a fantastic summer pasta salad – I love the idea of using fruit with cheese tortellini!

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  32. Marion@Life Tastes Good — June 29, 2014 @ 5:41 pm (#)

    This definitely sounds like an interesting combo that I must try!! And I totally do the same thing when out and about. I love trying new flavors and getting inspiration to make something at home!

  33. Sarah — June 29, 2014 @ 5:52 pm (#)

    This is definitely one for my mom, since she loves fruit in savoury!

  34. susan @ the wimpy vegetarian — June 29, 2014 @ 7:00 pm (#)

    What a fantastic idea!! I had a fruit salad at a party once, years ago, with poppyseed dressing and it was amazing. This sounds really similar but adds the pasta. I’m definitely making this!!!

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  36. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — June 29, 2014 @ 8:24 pm (#)

    I love the idea of putting the tortellini with fruit. So fantastic!

  37. laurasmess — June 29, 2014 @ 10:26 pm (#)

    Like you mentioned in the narrative, this is such an unusual combination. When I read the title in my email inbox I thought… “Uh, what?!”. Now I am completely convinced! Gorgeous post as always Em x

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  39. Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch — June 30, 2014 @ 7:04 pm (#)

    Wow I’m loving this combo of flavors! It sounds amazing!

  40. Cindys Recipes and Writings — July 1, 2014 @ 5:40 am (#)

    I never added fruit to tortellini sounds so good!

  41. Laura — July 2, 2014 @ 3:18 pm (#)

    I do that all the time. I make it a personal challenge to recreate dishes we discover out. This is such a unique dish idea that I would have never thought to put together.

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