Monday, July 16, 2012

Spinach Penne Salad

I love a nice easy salad on a hot day! This was as easy as it was yummy! It didn't take long to mix it up and the kids and I gobbled it down as quick as I made it! :) I switched up the feta and used mozzarella since that is what I had on hand and cut out the onions so that the kids didn't whine... Still pretty tasty!

Spinach Penne Salad
(recipe found in Taste of Home Healthy Cooking)

1 package (16 ounces) uncooked whole wheat penne pasta

1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 package (6 ounces) baby spinach
3 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
3/4 cup (6 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup sliced ripe or greek olives

In a dutch oven, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water; drain again. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the vinaigrette ingredients. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, spinach, tomatoes, feta cheese, onions and olives. Add vinaigrette; toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Serves: 10
Points: 7 points for 1 1/2 cups

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