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Spinach Penne Salad Recipe

Spinach Penne Salad Recipe

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. YIELD: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

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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Spinach Penne Salad

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Darryl User ID: 8974452 257191
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2016

"I wouldn't change a thing!"

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robbiejackson User ID: 4907377 228726
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2015

"Quick, easy and tasty! I thought the spinach would be too wet in the leftovers the next day, but it wasn't. The pasta absorbed the dressing nicely."

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Hot Dodge User ID: 6835688 227248
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2015

"This salad is delicious and easy to make. The first day I thought the vinegar made it taste really strong, ( not bad though) so I liked it better the second day. I like that it's different from the salads that just have a ton of mayo in it. I used pistachio oil because that's what I had open, and black olives, and skipped the green onions because I forgot to buy them. I think this would work with a little finely chopped regular onion though. My husband really liked it too. I will make this again."

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ozorzi User ID: 8124498 226420
Reviewed May. 16, 2015

"Very very delicious. This is a keeper. I made it for 3 different events. Once I changed the pasta and included bow tie pasta instead of penne and it was complimented as a very pretty salad in addition to being the hit of the party delicious."

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dovecanyon User ID: 6559068 224821
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2015

"This salad is excellent- the dressing is perfect. I replaced about one-fourth of the spinach with a handful of fresh whole basil leaves from my garden. (we put basil in EVERYTHING) Compliments all around and no leftovers!"

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Mcanz User ID: 8241706 224171
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2015

"this was a big hit - way better than the usual pasta salad I serve at parties. This will be my new standard pasta salad. Delicious. And nutritious!"

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chefheidi18 User ID: 8210724 218343
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"Really good. The white wine vinegar we use was very strong, but the dressing was great!"

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cafritz User ID: 1148899 151233
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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angelasandoval User ID: 2401339 114237
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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daisylight User ID: 2099212 180419
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2014

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

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justmbeth User ID: 1196484 198046
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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leahmcbarrett User ID: 7314344 137106
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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Kools01 User ID: 1433384 212871
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2012

"Delicious and so easy to make"

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Janet Kelsey User ID: 5798226 151231
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2012

"This is excellent and my niece and nephew have requested on multiple occasions!"

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ladydc User ID: 5299393 196222
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2012

"Made this for company, delish!!! Everyone loved it!!! Will be a favorite for years to come !!!! No changes made, and I almost always make changes. I love Taste of Home !!!"

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sarah32 User ID: 6804269 196221
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2012

"awesome!!! a must try recipe"

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222grammy User ID: 3193116 135639
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2012

"This is the perfect summer salad and so tasty. I substituted white balsamic for white vinegar. Sooo good"

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terber72 User ID: 6733876 114236
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2012

"Wonderful recipe, everyone loved it"

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justsimp User ID: 1977770 186707
Reviewed May. 26, 2012

"Surprisingly, my husband loved the recipe. I didn't have white wine vinegar, so I used red wine vinegar, but it came out great just the same. Recipe is a keeper for warm summer cooking."

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Ellysia2 User ID: 6709688 193126
Reviewed May. 25, 2012

"Wonderfuly easy I used black olives instead just great!"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.