Spinach Penne Salad Recipe
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Spinach Penne Salad Recipe

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This bridal shower beauty will shine as is, or double the vinaigrette and use half to marinate and grill chicken breasts. Slice and add to the salad. —Benice Silver, Carmel, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) uncooked whole wheat penne pasta
  • VINAIGRETTE:
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • SALAD:
  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 3 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced ripe or Greek olives

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 327 calories, 15 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 233 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 11 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a Dutch oven, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water; drain again.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the vinaigrette ingredients. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, spinach, tomatoes, feta cheese, onions and olives. Add vinaigrette; toss to coat. Serve immediately. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Spinach Penne Salad in Taste of Home June/July 2012, p56

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 327 calories, 15 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 233 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 11 g protein.

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Reviewed Sep. 21, 2014

Made this to go with our smoked ribs last night. Had a guest over for dinner. He raved about this salad. Had 3 helpings of it, and I printed out the recipe for him to take with him. We didn't use whole wheat pasta. Just used some of the many different pasta we had on hand. Will make this one again and again and again. Great flavor in the dressing.

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Reviewed Jul. 25, 2014

Really simple; really good! Omitted the olives because we don't like them, otherwise made as directed.

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Reviewed Jun. 9, 2014

Delicious! Added grilled chicken breast as suggested. Makes a wonderful light summer supper.

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Reviewed Mar. 27, 2014

Awesome light salad! Will definitely make again. Used halved cherry tomatoes and left out the olives (didn't have them) and feta (family doesn't like anything good).

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Reviewed Jun. 24, 2013

The dressing to this is phenomenal! It is great on a simple salad also. This recipe is a summer staple on our dinner/lunch table!

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