This cheese tortellini caesar salad is irresistible! Crisp romaine lettuce, greek yogurt caesar dressing, shaved parmesan and crunchy croutons are tossed with tender cheese tortellini. It’s a perfect side dish or base for your favorite protein!

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cheese tortellini caesar salad

This tortellini caesar salad is a classic in our house. Crisp romaine lettuce, greek yogurt caesar dressing, lots of parmesan and crunchy croutons are tossed with tender cheese tortellini. 

You can serve this whole salad chilled or even when the tortellini is still a bit warm.

It goes with everything! 

greek yogurt caesar dressing

Last year I finally shared our favorite caesar pasta salad. It’s always a huge hit – I can’t even tell you how often I make it!

It’s embarrassingly easy too. Caesar salad + pasta. Lots of parmesan. Some toasty breadcrumbs! It’s always a crowd pleaser because the ingredients are ones that my entire family loves. 

I serve it as a side dish often. Sometimes I throw in grilled chicken to make it our main dish and a little more filling. I’ve also added roasted chickpeas!

cheese tortellini caesar salad

So this is the same, but with TORTELLINI!!!

Oh my gosh, yum. Yes. 

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve had a huge moment with tortellini over the last year. I don’t know why. Well, yes I do. It’s delicious! 

We have loved eating it in soups, cold pasta salads and more. It’s also fabulous in baked pasta dishes

cheese tortellini caesar salad

So while we didn’t necessarily NEED a written recipe for this… after all, tortellini IS a type of pasta… I still had to share. Because I had to get this on your radar! I had to make a stand alone post for it, because I reference my own recipes constantly for weeknight meals. 

And for some reason, using cheese tortellini over a pasta like penne or fusilli is more filling and fun. It required its own corner of the internet. We needed a place for it to live!

cheese tortellini caesar salad

Here we are. This is how I do it! 

I use romaine lettuce and chop it up. The fresher and crisper, the better.

Then, I make my greek yogurt caesar dressing. This is another staple in my fridge. I make it all the time. You can also find the recipe in Everyday Dinners!

Next, I love to throw on some croutons of toasted sourdough bread crumbs. This depends on how much time I have, what I have in my kitchen and what I feel like making. If you have a store bought crouton that you really love, that works too. 

cheese tortellini caesar salad

Finally, shaved parmesan cheese is key. There is something so deliciously sharp and wonderful about the paper-thin parm slices. I love how they slide into the romaine lettuce. And I will never complain about getting a bigger bite of cheese in a salad. Never!

cheese tortellini caesar salad

Of course, you don’t HAVE to use cheese tortellini. Any variety works! Spinach, chicken, mushrooms – whatever you have and love. That’s the beauty of this recipe. It’s incredible versatile, easy and everyone loves it.

cheese tortellini caesar salad

Just look at that fabulous texture! Crunchy toasty breadcrumbs, pasta and caesar salad. Is there anything better?!

cheese tortellini caesar salad

Tortellini Caesar Salad

Cheese Tortellini Caesar Salad

This cheese tortellini caesar salad is irresistible! Crisp romaine lettuce, greek yogurt caesar dressing, shaved parmesan and crunchy croutons are tossed with tender cheese tortellini. It's a perfect side dish or base for your favorite protein!
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  • 2 to 3 slices sourdough bread, torn into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 10 to 12 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • cup shaved parmesan cheese
  • 12 ounces cheese tortellini, cooked

greek yogurt caesar dressing


  • Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add in the sourdough pieces with a pinch of salt. Cook, tossing often, until they are golden and toasty and crisp. Turn off the heat.
  • Place the romaine in a large bowl and toss with a big pinch of salt and pepper. Drizzle with a few tablespoons of the caesar dressing. Add in the finely grated parmesan. Toss the lettuce well so everything is coated. Add in the cooked tortellini and gently toss so the pasta doesn’t get smashed, adding more dressing if you would like. Toss until everything is combined and well coated.
  • Top with the shaved parmesan and the sourdough croutons. Serve with extra dressing and more parmesan cheese. You can use this as a base salad for chicken, steak, salmon, chickpeas, etc.

greek yogurt caesar dressing

  • To make the dressing, add the garlic, yogurt, parmesan, mustard, vinegar, anchovy paste, lemon juice, salt and pepper to a food processor or blender and blend until pureed. With the processor still on, stream in the olive oil until a creamy dressing forms. (This may make more dressing than needed, but you can store it sealed in the fridge for about 3 to 4 days and stir well before using.)

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cheese tortellini caesar salad

This bowl!!!