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Tuscan Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Salad

The next time you want an easy, delicious lunch or the perfect side for grilling out, give this Pasta Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes a try!
Course Side Dish, Vegetarian Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword summer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 8 as a main; 12 as a side
Calories 474kcal
Author Wendy Polisi

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces bowtie pasta
  • 2 cups baby spinach chopped
  • 8 ounces sun-dried tomatoes drained if packed in oil
  • 4 ½ ounces sliced black olives
  • 3 ½ ounces baby sweet peppers cut into rings

Dressing:

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 lemon juice, and zest
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

For topping:

  • 4 ounces goat cheese crumbled
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped basil

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  • Return to the pot and add the spinach. Cover and let sit until the spinach wilts, about 2 minutes.
  • Transfer to a large bowl and add the sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and sweet peppers.
  • In a blender or mason jar, combine the oil, parsley, lemon juice, lemon zest, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.
  • Process until smooth using your blender or an immersion blender.
  • Toss the dressing with the pasta mixture.
  • Refrigerate for at least one hour to allow the flavors to combine.
  • Toss with goat cheese and basil and serve.

Notes

Tips
  • Short on time? Use a bottled Italian Dressing rather than mixing up your own.
  • For the best texture, cook the pasta to al dente. You want it to have a little bite.
  • Feel free to use fresh or frozen spinach. If you go with frozen chopped spinach, make sure it’s thawed and drained before adding.
  • Pine nuts make a great addition if you want more texture.

Nutrition

Calories: 474kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 508mg | Potassium: 1210mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1719IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 4mg