Chicken Tortellini Salad with Lemon Dressing on a round brown plate next to a fork on a wooden surface

Chicken Tortellini Salad with Lemon Dressing

This light salad with chicken and cheese tortellini, topped with a lemon dressing, is a perfect summer meal for busy nights.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword arugula, chicken, lemon, salad, tortellini
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 454kcal
Author Stephanie Lynch



  • 9 oz cheese tortellini
  • 1 lb chicken breast boneless, skinless
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 3 cups arugula
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese shaved


  • Cook the tortellini according to the package
  • Meanwhile, boil the chicken until it is cooked through and shred
  • While the tortellini and chicken are cooking, use a small mixing bowl to combine the garlic and olive oil
  • Add the salt, pepper, lemon zest, lemon juice, and sugar stirring with a whisk
  • In a large mixing bowl, place the tortellini and shredded chicken and gently stir to mix them together
  • Add two tablespoons of the lemon mixture into the tortellini and chicken and toss to coat
  • Gently fold in the arugula and remaining lemon dressing
  • Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve


Calories: 454kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 585mg | Potassium: 474mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 440IU | Vitamin C: 7.1mg | Calcium: 194mg | Iron: 2.4mg