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Italian Style Spinach Pasta Salad

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This Italian Style Spinach Pasta Salad is packed with zesty flavor that your guests will love!

Italian Style Spinach Pasta Salad

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Newman’s Own Dressing to bring you new recipe ideas!  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!

Italian Style Spinach Pasta Salad

You’ll use Newman’s Own Family Recipe Italian Dressing for this salad.

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Italian Style Spinach Pasta Salad

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

Italian Style Spinach Pasta Salad

Add some sliced sun dried tomatoes, garbanzo beans, kalamata olives and shaved Parmesan cheese.

Italian Style Spinach Pasta Salad

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

Italian Style Spinach Pasta Salad

Have a side of Newman’s Own Family Recipe Italian Dressing to drizzle over each salad.

Italian Style Spinach Pasta Salad


Italian Style Spinach Pasta Salad

Italian Style Spinach Pasta SaladPrep time: 15 min | Cook time: 0 min | Total time: 15 min Ingredients

  • 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 Newman’s Own Family Recipe Italian Dressing


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. 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.

Makes 4 Servings

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  1. 1

    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

    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!

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