Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Pasta and Spinach Salad

Pasta salad close-up.
Pasta salad close-up. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In the Summertime we love Pasta Salads! One of our favorites is a Pasta and Spinach Salad recipe I got at a Tupperware party back in the 80s. I have tweaked it just a bit but it's basically the same. Sooo yummy! Hope you enjoy it too:)

Pasta & Spinach Salad

1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup lemon juice (or vinegar)
1 teaspoon dry mustard 
1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed (or 1 Tablespoon fresh minced basil)
1 clove garlic, minced or crushed
Pinch of salt
16 ounces corkscrew macaroni (penne is also good)
1 large sweet red, green or yellow pepper, cut into 3/4 inch pieces
2/3 cup sliced pitted ripe olives
2 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half
5 cups torn fresh spinach

Combine first 7 ingredients in a jar and shake well to combine. Set aside.
Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and rinse cold water and drain again. 
In a large bowl combine marinade, macaroni, sweet pepper, olives, cherry tomatoes and spinach. Stir to combine.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.

As a side dish this recipe will serve 6-8; as a main dish it will serve 4-6. You could add some chicken cut up to make it go farther. 

NOTE: This salad is also good with Tortellini as the pasta and broccoli instead of spinach:) Try adding a can of artichoke hearts for an extra yumm factor:)

Have a great day! Kat

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  1. Ohh.. that looks absolutely fabulous!! YUMMY!!

  2. And easy to make gluten free by just using gluten free noodles. We really like the brown rice pasta.

  3. you don't look old enough to retire yet :) hugs to you friend

    1. Had to retire for health reasons. Hubby and I decided it's not likely I'll ever work a 9-5 again. I have plenty here to keep me busy and lots of paper to play with:)

  4. I couldn't agree more, love pasta salad in summer !! A xx