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Do you choose the greens first in a salad and then add other veggies? Or do you open the fridge and search for veggies and then grab the greens? What about fresh spinach? If you told your family, you are choosing fresh spinach, do you hear groans? Most spinach salads have the same ingredients, onions, eggs, and bacon and it is delicious but does it have that wow factor that silences all those groans? Don’t get me wrong, I am a traditionist in most things and I love a great spinach salad but I also like to shake our meals up a little.
This penne pasta salad with spinach is the main dish in itself. It’s loaded with penne, fresh veggies, feta cheese and topped with a homemade vinaigrette dressing.
How to Make this Mediterranean spinach salad with Pasta:
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Make your Mediterranean spinach salad with whole grain penne pasta, ripe olives, fresh tomatoes, fresh spinach, and feta. Then top it with a homemade easy spinach salad dressing below.
How to make an easy spinach salad dressing:
Make your dressing with wine vinegar, virgin olive oil, parmesan cheese, and fragrant herbs. Shaken together, it created an emulsion of flavors that would accent any salad.
*Tip: Use this dressing as a marinade for chicken or fish
Most meals we have a salad, either with a wrap for lunch or to start off our evening meal. We love plain lettuce and tomato salad but sometimes we wish for something different and this Spinach Salad with spinach and feta satisfied that wish.
Of course, this salad could also be the main dish and would make a great Meatless Monday meal. Also this Fresh Spinach and Pasta salad is also very versatile, add grilled chicken breast, beef or tuna to turn this into a main dish.
If you like this Penne Spinach Salad with Pasta then try these:
- Texas Summer Salad with Jalapenos and Grilled Chicken
- Feta Cheese, Cranberry, and Pecan Salad
- Southwest Corn Salad
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Spinach Salad with Pasta
For the Salad
- 16 oz penne pasta
- 6 oz fresh baby spinach
- 3 tomatoes seeded and chopped
- 4 oz feta cheese crumbled
- 3 green onions sliced
- 1/2 cup black olives sliced
- Cook pasta accordingly to packages directions, (al dente), drain and rinse in cold water; set aside.
- Whisk the ingredients for the vinaigrette together
- In a large salad bowl, add cooled pasta, baby spinach, tomatoes, feta cheese, onions, and black olives
- Add vinaigrette and toss well to coat evenly