Spinach and Tomato Pasta Salad

Spinach and Tomato Pasta Salad

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 6
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 267.2
  • Total Fat: 8.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 35.0 mg
  • Sodium: 559.8 mg
  • Total Carbs: 33.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.6 g
  • Protein: 12.0 g

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Introduction

Most pasta salads are heavy on the pasta and light on everything else. This version, which can be served warm or cold, includes a hefty portion of vegetables--both spinach and tomatoes. Most pasta salads are heavy on the pasta and light on everything else. This version, which can be served warm or cold, includes a hefty portion of vegetables--both spinach and tomatoes.
Number of Servings: 6

Ingredients

    8 oz small pasta, such as ditalini or orzo
    8 oz feta cheese, crumbled
    16 oz grape tomatoes
    4 c Fresh Express Baby Spinach
    2 T capers, drained
    1/4 t black pepper
    2 T Parmesan or Manchego cheese, shredded

Tips

Chef Meg took inspiration from several different recipes to create a pasta salad that's heavy on the vegetables. She also added a full serving of cheese for protein! Swap feta for a low-sodium cheese if you are watching salt intake.
(Photo credit: Randall Hoover Photography)


Directions

Cook pasta according to package directions until it is al dente (firm to bite). While the pasta is cooking, place spinach, feta, and capers in a large bowl. Before draining pasta, add 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking liquid to the mixture; toss to combine. Place the tomatoes in the bottom of a colander. Once pasta is cooked, drain it over the tomatoes for a quick blanch. Toss tomatoes and pasta with the spinach mixture. Season with black pepper and garnish with shredded cheese.
Makes six-2 cup servings.

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  • Good
    29 of 29 people found this review helpful
    A good starting place, but there was definitely something missing. Needed seasoning and some type of dressing. Maybe vinegar or lemon juice with a little olive oil. - 10/6/09

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  • Incredible!
    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
    Delicious! Also have made it with sauteed asparagus and chopped Roma tomatoes and served hot. - 8/18/09

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  • Very Good
    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
    I loved this recipe but I did make alot of changes. Added shrimp, dijon mustard, lemon olive oil, red wine vinegar. Yummy, it ended up being one of my favorites. I will be making it again I think I will try it next time with crab - 11/16/09

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  • O.K.
    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
    I thought this was kind of bland. I might try substituting fresh basil for some of the spinach if I make it again. - 9/1/09

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  • Very Good
    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
    Love it! I didn't have any capers, so I put in some sun dried tomatoes. I also couldn't find orzo, so we used little alphabet pasta! I added some lemon juice for a little acid, and used lots and lots of ground pepper because I love it. Came out really good and my husband stole my leftovers! - 2/7/10

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  • Incredible!
    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
    FABULOUS! Now THIS is a salad I can get into! I love the "more salad" approach! - 8/18/09

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  • 10 of 11 people found this review helpful
    I used to make this with a drizzle of lemon or garlic olive oil over it, now I just do a squeeze of lemon unless I'm low on fat for the day. - 11/19/09

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
    My first time trying orzo and I'm told there is whole wheat orzo now? Chef Meg taste testing party hit for feta lovers. Great lunch to pack. Could have had even more spinache.
    2 cup servings make a nice balanced meal.
    - 11/16/09

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  • Good
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Great start, but I agree with many of our friends hereóit needs something more. I make an olive oil/fancy vinegar (whatever I happen to haveóbalsamic, etc.) dressing with a dash of Italian herbs (basil, oregano, etc.), a few sliced olives, and that does it for me without adding a lot more calories. - 7/13/10

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  • Very Good
    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Ill add some greek olives and a little of the oil it come in! Yum! - 3/12/10

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
    This is great! Even my pickiest eater (5 year old) had 2 helpings (I put a little bit of Ranch on his portions). - 8/18/09

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  • 6 of 10 people found this review helpful
    Can't wait to get home & try it tonight. Might sub some chopped kalamatta olives for the capers. LOVE Greek-influenced dishes like this. Keep 'em coming! - 1/14/10

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
    Awesome, this is so simple and delicious - 7/31/09

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  • Very Good
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    i have expiremented with these types of flavours before as i'm learning how to cook. though i usually use ravioli (pasta pillows with filling) to add another flavour e.g. beef, instead of orzo. i also add a little shredded fresh basil, some lemon and olive oil and let every one add thier own pepper. - 6/2/10

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  • Bad
    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
    I really didn't like this recipe, in fact I threw it away. Its just a personal prefrence. The Feta cheese is really over powering, I think I added to much Spinach. And it was kind of bland for me. Just my opinion though! :) - 8/26/09

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  • Very Good
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    This is fast and easy and TASTY! Definitely a keeper. I made mine with only 6 ounces of feta, because my grocery only sold it in that size, and it was good that way. - 8/20/09

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Love anything with spinach and feta. Definitely use whole wheat flour. I used fat free feta and will make tonight with gorganzola. - 3/27/10

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This is a very simple and healthy meal. I found it good on it's own. My husband drizzled a bit of balsamic vinegar on it and gave it a bit of a zing! - 3/21/10

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  • 4 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I was wondering what i could do with some extra spinach I had in the fridge. Awesome! - 3/5/10

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  • 4 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Any pasta dish requires proper spicing (garlic and chillies). Anchovies are nice, also olives and capers! - 2/19/10

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  • 4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    A great way to use my garden grape tomatoes. Thanks - 8/23/09

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I agree with several other raters. I made it exactly as the recipe said, but after tasting, I added a little Lite Italian Dressing. Oil and vinegar with some spices would've worked as well. Really needed something but good starting place!
    - 8/4/12

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Yum. Yum, yum yum!!! Tried it tonight. LOVED IT. will fast become a dish in my regular rotation! - 8/18/09

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  • 2 of 14 people found this review helpful
    sounds amazing! its going on next week's grocery list! - 8/18/09

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I'm SO excited to see a picture that reflects the ingredients! It looks delicious! I'll rate after trying! Based on ingredients and picture, its at least a 4! - 8/4/12

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Make this recipe using "Fat Free" feta cheese and cut the calories by 47, per serving. Through personal experience, I find no difference in taste than regular feta. Could also add Italian seasonings, garlic, onions and sweet bell peppers for added flavor. - 8/4/12

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Added lots more pepper and removed capers. Tried to makeover this recipe but sparkpeople site wouldn't allow it. Used Ronzoni Garden mix Penne Rigate instead of Orzo. Let cool and added Tuna to increase protein. Very yummy! Felt like it needed some fresh basil (which I did not have). - 5/18/12

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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Added some olive oil and italian seasoning along with chicken breast seared in just a touch of butter... Still a little bland, think I will add some vinegar to the dressing next time. - 11/3/10

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Quick and easy I really like it. - 7/13/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Loved it! Added some diced chicken & drizzled with a balsalmic vinegarette and it was a perfect light lunch. Definately going into my fave's file! - 4/26/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I really enjoyed this. Having the leftovers for lunch today! I bet some grilled chicken would be an excellent addition to this salad - might have to try that for lunch tomorrow! - 4/19/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    ...a very healthy and tasty meal......we enjoyed the recipe very much! I added a little dijon mustard vinaigrette to ours... Yummy for the Tummy! Thanks for sharing! - 4/13/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    For those who find the feta overpowering, try goat cheese instead. Much creamier, & not so much of a bite. - 3/15/10

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  • Bad
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This recipe was not for me. Too much feta, for sure. Wasn't so bad warm, but when served cold as a salad the next day, I just couldn't handle it. - 3/1/10

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  • O.K.
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    It was just okay. I think I didn't really like the small pasta or something. I won't be making it again. - 1/28/10

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Great dish! You should try it! Sherry - 1/27/10

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  • O.K.
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I added a little fat-free balsamic vinegarette -- that helped, but otherwise pretty bland. - 1/24/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I put a bit of flax oil in it and raisins instead of capers. - 12/3/09

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I added a little garlic, my DH loves garlic!! - 11/17/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was delicious! I used orzo for a nice change from regular pastas. - 9/26/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I made this last night. SO GOOD!! - 9/9/09

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I like pasta salads especially the ones with highly nutritious vegetables, and spinach is about the best there is. Thank you for the recipe. - 8/24/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    The idea of using the small pasta is just fantastic. That simple idea and just brought past salad back to my menu! - 8/23/09

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Fantastic, easy to make and tastes great. Will have it more often. - 8/19/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Yumalishious - 8/18/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Fantastic! This will be a staple during the summer in my house. - 8/7/09

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  • Tasty - 11/10/17

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  • YUMMY - 10/7/17

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  • quite a great idea thank you - 9/29/17

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  • BLAND, BLAND. MAYBE GARLIC, LEMON OR ???? - 9/10/17

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  • This was really good . The family really enjoyed a lot. - 9/7/17

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  • Looks really good! - 9/7/17

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  • Delicious - 9/7/17

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  • I know I wouldn't like this but I might make it for someone else, - 9/7/17

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  • This one doesn't appeal to me or my family. I would be changing out most items. - 9/7/17

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  • yummy - 9/7/17

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  • I added tuna from a pouch with this. It helped bulk up the protein and added a different taste. The tuna in pouches come in different flavors for a change of pace. - 9/7/17

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  • Tweaked it some and loved it. - 9/7/17

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  • A lot too heavy on the salt, yet bland. I liked the recipe, though, and will find a way to fix that salt situation - maybe reduce the cheese, then add cooked chicken? - 9/7/17

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  • Yummy! - 9/7/17

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  • Write it on your heart that every day
    is the best day in the year.
    - Ralph Waldo Emerson
    - 9/7/17

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  • not much taste..I need to re do it and use cauliflower riced maybe - 9/7/17

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  • yummy - 9/7/17

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  • Great recipe loved it. - 9/7/17

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  • yum. - 9/7/17

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  • I add my own greek-yogurt based dressing. Tons of recipes available. Also added in peppers. - 9/7/17

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  • I love this one! - 9/7/17

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  • Love this spinach and tomato pasta salad recipe! I didn't change a thing! Delicious! - 9/7/17

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  • It needs some kind of dressing, a little fat and acid. - 9/7/17

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  • I ADDED SOME TENDER CRISP BROCCOLI & CAULIFLOWER AND THEN USED SOME OF MY HOMEMADE DILL DRESSING. - 9/7/17

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  • Nice salad. - 9/7/17

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  • I put some lime juice on it and it was good - 9/7/17

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  • Looks yummy! - 9/7/17

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  • Great salad - 9/7/17

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  • Wasn't sure I would like this at first, but it worth trying for sure! - 9/2/17

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  • Very good recipe! - 8/24/17

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  • to salty - 8/24/17

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  • Yum - 8/21/17

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  • delicious - 8/2/17

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  • looks good - 7/25/17

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  • I added additional seasoning which gave this recipe more flavor! - 7/24/17

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  • I would omit the capers, but add garlic and oregano. Good idea with the swaps. - 7/17/17

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  • lemon basil and lime basil - 6/15/17

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  • AWESOME - 6/7/17

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  • Looks delicious! - 6/7/17

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  • This salad will be perfect for my pork chops. - 6/4/17

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  • So yummy! - 5/31/17

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  • I wish that I could get low sodium cheese where we live. This looks really good. Unfortunately, none of the stores around us carry any low sodium or low fat cheese - other than a low fat ricotta and low fat mozzarella cheese. - 5/27/17

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  • I enjoy feta cheese and veggies alone however, the tomatoes made it that much more a healthy choice and I don't use dressing at all. This became my meal and a smaller side salad. Loved it! Next time, I'll try it with chicken chunks. - 5/22/17

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  • This looks good! - 3/10/17

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  • Being Italian, I make all the pastas. But only use oregano on pizza, never, never on pasta. Needed a bit of a zing, added chopped green chilis and a tad of Olive Oil and minced garlic and it was great. - 9/7/16

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  • To be fair, not a big fan of pasta... - 5/8/16

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  • Great idea, using pasta water for blanching. - 9/5/15

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  • no seasoning or anything, I can't eat bland foods so I had to tweak it and add lots of other goodies. Thanks - 1/12/15

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  • I thought this had a great flavor, even without any dressing! I've never blanched anything before, but I loved the taste of the tomatoes. Will definitely make this again. Would love to find whole wheat ditalini or orzo pasta, though. - 2/12/14

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  • I cooked the pasta following a 'quick' recipe they usually show on the back of the box (I read some comments saying it was bland) and it was amazing! I served it with two strips of chicken tender on the side. I was a bit skeptic about the pasta's flavor but I will definitely be making this again! - 2/3/14

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  • This Recipe was easy and I used FF Herb and Garlic Feta Cheese... Delicious - 7/22/13

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  • Loved this.....even my husband did [and he's hard to please]. - 5/8/13

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  • Looks yummy, will be trying this tomorrow evening! - 4/23/13

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  • I added a light dressing of olive oil and cider vinegar, and it made a great lunch! - 4/23/13

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