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Tortellini Bacon Broccoli Salad

Rated as 4.67 out of 5 Stars

"This is an excellent pasta salad that is great to make for the week ahead or to bring to potlucks! Make it -- you won't be disappointed. You may frown at the coleslaw dressing, but trust me, it's amazing in this recipe! This recipe is highly requested when served."
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1 h 30 m servings 349
Original recipe yields 10 servings


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  1. Cook the tortellini according to the package directions, drain, rinse with cold water, and refrigerate until cool, about 30 minutes.
  2. Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate. Chop the bacon into 1/2-inch pieces while still a little warm.
  3. Place the tortellini, bacon, broccoli, grape tomatoes, and green onions into a salad bowl. Pour the dressing over the ingredients, and toss lightly to coat. Chill in refrigerator before serving.


  • Cook's Notes
  • You can use whole wheat three cheese tortellini, which can usually be found in the refrigerated section of the store, low sodium bacon or turkey bacon, and light coleslaw dressing.
  • I suggest starting to cook the tortellini before you start chopping your veggies, since it takes the longest to cool, and then placing it in the refrigerator until you are done with everything else.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 349 calories; 18.2 33.6 13.9 47 736 Full nutrition

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A friend and I followed this recipe almost exactly (we doubled the green onion because we love them) and it was SO good! We were a bit skeptical about the coleslaw dressing but it added a wonde...

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I was not a fan of this...made a similiar recepie with ranch dressing instead which my kids preferred..felt it was a bit bland. Sorry....

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A friend and I followed this recipe almost exactly (we doubled the green onion because we love them) and it was SO good! We were a bit skeptical about the coleslaw dressing but it added a wonde...

This is one of the best recipes that I have found on this site. Fabulous does not even come close to describing it! Everyone loved it and raved about it. Do not hesitate to try this. You can't g...

This is an old recipe from Betty Crocker and I have been making it for years. I am always asked to bring to potlucks. The original recipe calls for 1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds. These mak...

Since posting this, I have started making a few changes. Now, I cut the bacon up into small pieces, several slices at a time, and then just put the entire pound of bacon in a skillet and cook i...

Too bad it isn't possible to give 'only' 5 stars. OMG.....this was OUTSTANDING. I made no changes whatsoever. Just to die for yummy! I agree with the poster; who would have thought coleslaw ...

Really great! I can't wait to try it tomorrow, can't imagine it tasting any better. I bought pre-cooked bacon and crisped it in the microwave, worked well.

My favorite broccoli salad. But I did tweak it a little bit. I blanch the broccoli by throwing it into the water with the tortellini for one minute (when the tortellini is almost done) and the...

This recipe was easy to make and my guests loved it! I did add some diced red onion. I doubled the recipe but only used the one pound of bacon and one pt of the grape tomatoes and it was fine.

What a great salad! I used light dressing and also did not need to use the whole bottle of dressing.