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Bow Tie & Spinach Salad

With pasta salad, it’s easy to change up ingredients. We like to add grilled chicken and pine nuts, and sometimes we substitute black beans for the garbanzo beans. —Julie Kirkpatrick, Billings, Montana
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked multigrain bow tie pasta
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 6 cups fresh baby spinach (about 6 ounces)
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cubed part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup pitted Greek olives, halved
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat sun-dried tomato salad dressing
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

Directions

  • Cook pasta according to the package directions. Drain; transfer to a large bowl.
  • Add beans, vegetables, cheese, olives and basil to pasta. Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with salt; toss to coat. Sprinkle with walnuts.
Editor's Note
To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
2 cups: 319 calories, 13g fat (2g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 660mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 7g fiber), 14g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 fat, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable.

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