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Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

Sharing a favorite Italian pasta salad today that is a family favorite!  This Italian Style Spinach Pasta Salad is packed with zesty flavor that your guests will love!

Italian Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad Recipes

Pasta salad recipes are so great when entertaining guests!  I’ve put together a salad full of some of my favorite ingredients that is perfect for busy weeknights and great for whipping up for guests when you are entertaining.  Hope you enjoy this flavor packed simple to prepare salad!

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Italian Pasta Salad

Place your spinach leaves onto your serving plates then top with cooked pasta. You can also use couscous  or orzo as a substitute.

Italian Pasta Salad

You’ve got a lovely salad that is sure to impress.

Italian Pasta Salad

Have a side of Italian Dressing to drizzle over each salad.

Italian Pasta Salad

Italian Style Spinach Pasta Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: best pasta salad, cold pasta salad, easy pasta salad, easy pasta salad recipe, italian pasta salad, italian pasta salad recipe, pasta salad, pasta salad recipe, pasta salad recipes, pasta salad with italian dressing
Servings: 4
Calories: 341 kcal
Author: Jenny
  • 1 cup dry Arcini di Pepe
  • 8 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup garbanzo beans drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup pickled hot peppers or pepperocini's
  • 1/4 cup fresh shaved Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Italian Dressing
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.Divide spinach between 4 serving plates. Top centers with a spoonful of cooked pasta and top evenly with garbanzo beans, sun dried tomatoes, kalamata olives and hot peppers. Garnish with shaved Parmesan Cheese and drizzle dressing over top before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Italian Style Spinach Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 341 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 596mg26%
Potassium 1041mg30%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 5890IU118%
Vitamin C 29.2mg35%
Calcium 185mg19%
Iron 4.7mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 1
    Rachel Cooks says:

    What a fun and unique salad – I love it!

  2. 2
    Becki says:

    I love this salad. I’m always looking for different ideas for salads and this sounds delicious with the pasta and sun dried tomatoes – yum!

  3. 3

    Excellent pasta salad & so healthy too!!

  4. 4
    Maria says:

    Im always up for new salads, this looks like a winner!

  5. 5

    Love that particular pasta, and just added it to my shopping list, along with a bottle of that dressing. The simplest things are usually the best, right? Wonderful flavors in here.

  6. 6

    Simple salads such as this are always a great way to change-up dinner or even lunch!

  7. 7
    naomi says:

    Love this comforting salad and how Newman’s dressing pulls it all together. And what a fun contest!!

  8. 8

    I love a healthy salad like this Jenny!

  9. 9
    Liz says:

    Such a delightful combination of flavors and textures! And Newman’s dressings were always our favorites growing up—you can’t go wrong with any of the flavors!

  10. 10
    Gaby Dalkin says:

    love the change up from a traditional pasta salad! looks SO delicious

  11. 11

    This looks so hearty and delicious! I love it!

  12. 12

    Loving this tummy satisfying salad recipe! Can’t wait to try!

  13. 13

    This is my kind of salad! Definitely making it for my family this fall!

Jenny Flake

Welcome to Picky Palate, my online kitchen! You'll usually find me with a cookie in one hand and a salad in the other. It's all about the balance :) The recipes you'll see are my creations. The Picky Palate Cookbook is now available. Enjoy!