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Balsamic Spinach Pasta Salad

This Balsamic Spinach Pasta Salad is a quick and refreshing dish perfect for summer nights! Filled with vegetables and a zesty balsamic dressing, this recipe will become a new family favorite!



Ingredients:


For the salad:

  • 2 cups (8 oz.) penne or bowtie pasta

  • 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken

  • 1 cucumber, chopped

  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved or 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 carrot, shredded

  • 4 cups spinach, chopped if needed

  • 1/2 cup feta cheese

For the dressing:

  • 1/2 cup zesty Italian dressing

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

  • 1 Tbsp oregano

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/8 tsp pepper

Directions:

  1. Cook the pasta according to box instructions. I do it in the instant pot with 2 cups water for 3 minutes with 5 minutes natural release. Let cool.

  2. Chop up all your vegetables and toss all of the salad ingredients together in a large bowl.

  3. In a small bowl, stir together the dressing ingredients and pour over the salad.

  4. Toss together and chill in the fridge for 2-3 hours before serving.

Makes 6 servings.


Notes:

  • You can sub the zesty Italian dressing for 1/2 cup oil and 1 packet of Italian dressing seasoning mix.

  • Make ahead: This is a great meal to make a few days before for busy nights! Or the meal prep lunches throughout the week.

Love this recipe? Let me know by leaving a comment or messaging me on Instagram! I'd love to hear what you think.


This recipe was adapted from the Pendulum Court Cafe on BYU Campus.

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Guest
Jul 21, 2022

This recipe is my new go-to for work lunch and dinner. It's super easy, nutritious, and packed with flavor!!

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