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Spinach Penne Salad Recipe

Spinach Penne Salad Recipe

This healthy recipe will shine as is, or double the vinaigrette and use half to marinate and grill chicken breasts if you want to add a protein. 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.

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suttonjp
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2017

"One of my favorite recipes! We like it just like this, but also enjoy it with 4 oz. of chicken. Delicious!"

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Susan
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2017

"This was perfect. Followed exactly and was a big hit at potluck. Holds up surprisingly well on buffet."

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anselr
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2017

"Just made this for a family gathering and it was a hit. Followed the recipe exactly and it was delicious. Makes a pretty large amount - would be perfect to take to a potluck."

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Darryl
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2016

"I wouldn't change a thing!"

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robbiejackson
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
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
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
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
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
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

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

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