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I’m always looking for light summer pasta salads and this is one of those recipes! We enjoy it so much I usually double the recipe!

6oz of pasta (I used bow ties)
2 cups torn fresh spinach
1 cup grape tomatoes

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Grape Tomatoes

¼ cup sliced scallions

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Scallions

2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
½ tsp salt
½ tsp sugar
Toasted pine nuts

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Toasted Pine Nuts

Cook pasta according to the package directions.

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Bow Tie Pasta

In a large bowl, combine pasta, spinach, tomatoes and scallions. In a small bowl, combine all the remaining ingredients except the pine nuts; mix well. Pour dressing over the spinach-pasta mixture; toss well. Top with toasted pine nuts.

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Pasta Salad with Spinach

Serve immediately. Serves 6-8 servings.

This salad paired well with grilled pork glazed with my rhubarbeque sauce!

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Pasta salad, yellow beets and grilled pork!

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17 comments on “Recipe Box: Pasta Spinach Salad

casey shain on June 1, 2012 3:26 pm

that looks like an awesome meal all the way around!

Ann Kroeker on June 1, 2012 3:40 pm

Looks fabulous–love the combination of flavors. Thanks for linking to Food on Fridays!

Diane Balch on June 2, 2012 2:50 pm

I always appreciate your healthy recipes. Thanks.

April Harris on June 2, 2012 6:25 pm

Your spinach pasta salad sounds wonderful – I really like the dressing ingredients as well as the combination of textures you have used (pasta, crunchy nuts, fresh veggies). This would be delicious as a summer side or light lunch.

Nancy on June 2, 2012 7:00 pm

April, I was surprised how wonderful this salad was! It is the perfect summer salad, I’ve made it twice in the last two weeks!

KB and whitesnake on June 2, 2012 9:53 pm

Looks delish. Thanks for sharing with Simply Delish.

Carole on June 4, 2012 1:03 am

Looks really fresh and delicious.

Winnie on June 4, 2012 8:50 pm

This salad is definitely calling my name!
I lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvve pesto and it’s the perfect combination with all the other ingredients

Six Sisters on June 5, 2012 2:19 am

Pine nuts are an interesting twist – this looks great! We are so glad you joined our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday”. We love to see all of the great recipes and ideas!! Thanks and we hope to see you again next week! -The Sisters

Diane on June 5, 2012 3:10 pm

That looks so fresh and simple to make. I have plenty of spinach from the garden. I will have to put this on the menu. Thans so much for linking up to The Gathering Spot this week. http://mamaldiane.com/?p=6636

Susie at Earning-My-Cape on June 7, 2012 1:29 am

Mmm! This looks yummy! I love pasta salads, but I am not a fan of the heavy mayo ones. This looks perfect!
Thanks for sharing at my Super Link Party!

Pat on June 7, 2012 5:03 pm

This looks like a winner recipe to me. Thank you for sharing.
Love the spinach in there and the bow tie pasta.

Just Winging It on June 8, 2012 1:11 am

Thank you for participating in Show Your Stuff Blog Hop, You are invited to come back:
http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/06/show-your-stuff-27.html

Alana on June 9, 2012 3:46 pm

This looks fabulous! I am pinning it :)

terry on June 10, 2012 4:28 pm

Ooooh, that entire meal looks fabulous and is definitely making me hungry. Thanks so much for sharing that light salad at our party – always great for summer.

Alea @ Premeditated Leftovers on June 12, 2012 1:33 am

Your salad looks amazing! I love the combination of spinach and pasta. the addition of pinenuts is brilliant!

Debbie @ Easy Natural Food on June 13, 2012 8:24 pm

This sounds wonderful! Light, tasty and refreshing…perfect for summer BBQ/picnics. Thanks for sharing this with Summer Salad Sundays, look forward to seeing you again soon!

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