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Creamy Fruit and Tortellini Salad

by Courtney on April 27, 2011

Now that we’ve finally got some warm weather here in Upstate NY, I’m already feeling the itch to be outside. One of my favorite things about the warm weather, actually, are all of the picnics, parties, and barbecues that will inevitably wind up on my calendar.

Whenever I attend a party like that, I always like to bring something to contribute. Usually, it’s sweets, (are ya surprised?) but sometimes I like to switch it up a bit with some sort of salad.

Barilla is challenging Foodbuzz Featured Publishers to create a recipe with one of their tortellini for a chance to win a trip to Italy. It has always been a dream of mine to visit Italy, so when I saw this, I knew I had to take a shot. Besides, if nothing else, it’s still a good excuse to just eat tortellini.

So I started with a bag of Barilla Three Cheese Tortellini, and ended up with this:

Creamy Fruit & Tortellini Salad


I know…leave it to me to take a seemingly savory dish and sweeten it up a bit.


What can I say…I have a sweet tooth. And it’s ginormous.


But luckily, this is a recipe you don’t have to feel guilty about eating!



The combination of sweet and salty is one that I’ve always enjoyed, and the addition of the sweet fruits with the salty, cheesy tortellini is so incredibly unique. The yogurt dressing is subtly sweet and tangy, and pairs so nicely with all of the other flavors, making the entire salad light and refreshing.


This would make for a perfect dish to bring to your next potluck gathering.

Or, if you’d prefer, just keep it in the house to snack on for yourself. Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone.

Question for the Afternoon:

What’s your favorite item to bring to a potluck/barbecue/picnic?

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1 elizabeth @ the good life April 27, 2011 at 12:23 pm

You HAVE to go to Italy sometime! ….and that looks delish.
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2 Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries April 27, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Broccoli salad! It’s chopped broccoli, bacon bits, onion, mozzarella cheese and apple with a mayo-sugar dressing. It sounds strange, but I’ve never met someone who didn’t want to devour the whole thing!
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3 Courtney April 27, 2011 at 2:44 pm

No no, that’s not strange! That’s one of my favorites!!!


4 Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet April 27, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I love bringing salads and dessert, of course.

Your dish looks delicious, and the perfect picnic food. I hope you win!!
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5 Karen April 27, 2011 at 12:50 pm

That looks delish!! I love to make either pasta salad or fun summer dessert.


6 Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) April 27, 2011 at 12:56 pm

WOW- fruit and cheese tortellini!!?!? that is a wicked creative combo!!! love it!


7 Laurel April 27, 2011 at 1:07 pm

I like that you used yogurt, instead of something with mayo!
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8 faith @ lovelyascharged April 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm

My fruit salsa is always a hit at potlucks, but I love to bring my no-mayo potato salad to BBQs because I’m always bummed by having to skip the super-mayo-ey prepared salads most people bring!
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9 Janae@hungryrunnergirl April 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm

That looks absolutely amazing and now I am craving a big BBQ party:) I always bring the dessert too ha! Hope you are having an amazing day!


10 fsugirl! April 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Mmmm!! My favorite dish to bring is: pasta salad! Tasty… luckily I’ve got leftovers from Easter. :D


11 Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy" Girl April 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm

This is the perfect recipe and sooo YOU! I hope you win :-) When do you find out? If there is a voting option, I’m there!

I like to bring deserts – cupcakes, angel food cake, etc. I like to bring the suga to the picnic. Cupcakes are my number 1 because I love them…
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12 Grace April 27, 2011 at 2:38 pm

That is very creative and out of te box though! I’m having a babyshower soon and this would be a perfect addition to the menu! Good luck, I hope you win!
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13 Charlie April 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm

This salad looks soooo good! Such a great idea to add fruit to tortellini! yum :)
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14 Leah @ Why Deprive? April 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm

This sounds awesome. I love the idea of using tortellini for a pasta salad. It just seemse more fun that way.

My favorite thing to bring is always broccoli salad. I cant get enough of the stuff.


15 Danica April 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm

This looks delicious-thanks for sharing! I rarely see cooled pasta salads that look good but I’m definitely going to have to try this one sometime–I like the “sweet” part of it, too!!

Where in the grocery store do you find this pasta? (this is probably the most obvious question but I just don’t know…) Is it by the rest of the pasta or is it frozen?


16 Courtney April 27, 2011 at 4:55 pm

It’s in with the rest of the dry pasta :)


17 Danica April 27, 2011 at 5:23 pm



18 Erica April 27, 2011 at 3:45 pm

wow. i would never have thought to mix a fruit salad w/tortellinis! it looks good!

my favorite things to bring to bbqs/potlucks are salads…or cupcakes ;p or cocoa puffs from liliha bakery =)


19 Jillian April 27, 2011 at 3:50 pm

That’s a great idea! I bet they are expecting a lot of hot italian type dishes, you’re throwing them for a loop with the cold fruit/veggie mix! Sounds amazing!
My favorite thing, currently (it changes often, lol), to bring to a potluck is called Texas Caviar:

1 can pinto beans (drained)
1 can black eyed peas (drained)
2 cans white shoepeg corn (not yellow) (drained)
1 cup green bell pepper (chopped)
1 cup celery (chopped)
1 small onion (chopped) (Vidalia is best)
1 small jar pimentos (drained and chopped) (this is optional, but adds color)

1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup white sugar

Combine oil, vinegar and sugar over medium/low heat on stove. Bring to a bubble so the sugar dissolves. Let cool and mix it in with all chopped veggie/bean mixture. Refrigerate about 45min – 1 hour.


20 Courtney April 27, 2011 at 4:54 pm

That sounds awesome! I’m writing that one down :)


21 courtney @ cupcakedynamite April 27, 2011 at 4:03 pm

so creative, I must try it!! I love pasta salads like that, it’s one of my favorite parts of bbq’s and the summer!!
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22 Morgan @ Endorphaholic April 27, 2011 at 4:07 pm

That looks so good, I can not wait to try it!

My favorite thing to bring to a potluck is caramel brownies. I learned how to make sea-salt caramel a few years ago, and when I put it in rich brownies it is always a hit!


23 Courtney April 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Oh my gosh, I bet it is. YUM! :-P


24 Brittney April 27, 2011 at 4:34 pm

That’s a really unique idea Courtney! I never would have thought to put fruit and yogurt in with tortellini, but it looks great!
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25 Kristi April 27, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Fruit and tortellini sounds like a perfect combo!
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26 Liz @ Tip Top Shape April 27, 2011 at 5:34 pm

I would never think to pair fruit with tortellini. This looks fantastic, though!!
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27 Alexa @ Simple Eats April 27, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Yum, this sounds really good! I love bringing a batch of chocolate cupcakes or homemade sangria :)
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28 CaSaundra April 27, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Love your idea–so colorful and reminds me of summer–yay! :-)


29 Khushboo April 28, 2011 at 3:24 am

That salad looks so refreshing to eat, especially with a barbecued piece of chicken- love mixing sweet and savory!
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30 Sarah May 1, 2011 at 10:39 am

That salad looks REALLY GOOD, I need to go buy some tortellini and MAKE it happen!
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31 colleen July 22, 2011 at 10:35 am

I made this about a month ago and ‘changed up’ (according to the boyfriend messed up) the recipe as I normally do because I think I’m Rachel Ray. But then as my boyfriend spit it out I realized maybe I should have followed your recipe to a T and that I’m not Rachel Ray. So last night I made this and followed your recipe EXACTLY. Well I/he loved it!!! The only thing I changed was instead of greek yogurt I had mayo with olive oil because I don’t like greek yogurt too much. So delicious!!! I love your recipes keep them coming!!


32 Courtney July 22, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Hahaha, no worries, Colleen. We all have our “I’m Rachel Ray” moments! ;)
Glad the recipe turned out good the second time around.
Thanks for reading! :)


33 Debbie July 30, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Just made this for lunch. Pretty darn tasty.


34 Lynn August 19, 2011 at 3:13 am

what a neat idea. I look forward to trying this.


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