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Tortellini, Chicken, and Arugula Salad

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez
Active time 10 mins
Total time 20 mins

Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

A bright, springtime salad that comes together in a cinch thanks to the use of a few quality convenience items. Hearty cheese tortellini, shredded rotisserie chicken, and peppery arugula join forces to create a light, yet filling, salad with plenty of texture and substance. Zippy lemon dressing adds welcomed vibrancy while shaved Parmesan adds a hit of salty, full-bodied flavor. Prepare the dressing and pasta ahead of time to make the final assembly even faster. For a gluten-free option, substitute the tortellini for brown rice pasta or quinoa. With minimal effort and maximum results, this simple salad will fit right into your weekday lunch or dinner lineup.


  • 1 (9-oz.) pkg. refrigerated cheese tortellini (such as Buitoni), cooked according to pkg. directions
  • 8 ounces skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast, shredded (about 2 cups)
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups baby arugula
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced shallot
  • 3/4 ounce Parmesan cheese, shaved (about 1/4 cup)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 400
  • fat 18 g
  • satfat 4.9 g
  • monofat 9.6 g
  • polyfat 2.1 g
  • protein 27 g
  • carbohydrate 35 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • cholesterol 77 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 629 mg
  • calcium 184 mg
  • sugars 4 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 1 g

How to Make It

  1. Place tortellini and chicken in a large bowl.
  2. Combine garlic and salt on a cutting board. Mash with the side of a knife to form a paste. Place in a small bowl. Add oil, rind, juice, sugar, and pepper; stir with a whisk.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons dressing to tortellini and chicken; toss to coat. Gently fold in arugula, shallot, and remaining dressing. Sprinkle with shaved Parmesan cheese.