Strawberry Spinach Pasta Salad

Strawberry Spinach Pasta Salad - Sweet and savory, this refreshing salad is a must-try! Combine cooked pasta, fresh strawberries, spinach, and tangy feta, then serve chilled. Try it tonight!

Sweet and savory come together in perfect harmony in this refreshing summer salad.

Fresh strawberries and baby spinach leaves are the stars of the show, paired with crunchy nuts, tangy feta, and a hint of honey mustard dressing, all tossed with al dente pasta for a delightful twist on a classic pasta salad.

Ready Time

40 mins

Yields

8 servings

Ingredients

  • 12 oz pasta of your choice
  • 3 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente, then drain and set aside to cool.

Rinse the baby spinach leaves and pat them dry with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.

In a large bowl, combine the cooled pasta, sliced strawberries, and spinach leaves.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper until smooth.

Pour the dressing over the pasta mixture and toss until everything is well coated.

Fold in the crumbled feta cheese and chopped nuts until they’re evenly distributed throughout the salad.

Give the salad a quick toss to combine, then cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

Serve chilled and enjoy!

Notes

For a more substantial salad, add some grilled chicken or toasted tofu for added protein. Pecans can be toasted in a 350°F oven for 5-7 minutes, or until fragrant and lightly browned, for deeper flavor.

Fresh strawberries can be substituted with dried strawberries, but reduce the amount to 1 cup and rehydrate them in hot water before using.

Feta cheese can be replaced with goat cheese or ricotta salata for a similar tangy flavor profile. This salad makes a great side dish or light lunch for a crowd, but it’s also perfect for a quick and easy dinner.

Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrional Value

  • Calories: 520
  • Total Fat: 26g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.5g
  • Cholesterol: 10mg
  • Sodium: 250mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 56g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4g
  • Sugars: 20g
  • Protein: 15g
Strawberry Spinach Pasta Salad
Strawberry Spinach Pasta Salad

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