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Spinach Salad with Penne

Loaded with fresh greens, this delightful pasta salad fits the season perfectly. Lynnell Lowney - Waunakee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 mins.
  • Makes
    9 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup reduced-fat balsamic vinaigrette
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 8 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced


  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water.
  • In a large bowl, combine the spinach, cheese, vinaigrette, pine nuts, basil and pasta. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 144 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 269mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat, 1/2 starch.

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  • emcreel1
    Mar 30, 2011

    This is a great salad. I did not use the wheat penne, but that was just a personal preference.

  • JoyNavara
    Mar 22, 2011

    It looks like would be good. I have use penne for alot of different thing,but never thought oa salad.

  • patricia diane
    Mar 19, 2011

    I have a very similar recipe using escarole. Using olive oil you toast the pine nuts and remove. Put garlic in and saute till translucent add the escarole and saute till it starts to wilt. Add the balsalmic. I will try it with spinach.