If you love pasta and spinach, you will love this Macaroni and Spinach Salad. It is a healthy, quick meal that’s great served warm or cold. You can make it ahead and serve it at any time. Here are a few simple steps to follow to make this dish a success.
Macaroni and Spinach Salad Recipes
Macaroni and Spinach Salad
- 2/3 cup balsamic vinaigrette dressing
- 1 quart cherry tomatoes
- 10 ounces fresh mozzarella
- 2 cups whole grain fussily or macaroni pasta cooked 10 cups baby spinach
- Cook the pasta in salted boiling water for 8-10 min. or until tender but firm to the bite.
- Let the pasta cool down.
- Divide the ingredients evenly among the mason jar/s.
- Layer them in order based on the ingredient list above in a mason jar starting with the dressing.
- Make sure the dressing does not touch the greens yet.
- Place the lid and close tightly.
- Shake the jar well to coat the ingredients with the dressing and enjoy!
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Other ways to making Macaroni and Spinach Salad
Start by cooking your pasta. Fresh pasta does not stand up to a creamy dressing, so use dried pasta. Season the pasta well and cook it al dente. If you’re using frozen pasta, cook it in salted water to add extra flavor and keep it from getting soggy. Once the pasta is cooked, add the remaining ingredients and toss again. This salad will keep for a few days.
Next, add the pasta. Prepare the pasta by following the package directions. If using fresh spinach, the fresh spinach may have a bit of chew. For better mixing, use frozen baby spinach. If you’re serving this salad to a large group, it’s best to add a touch of garlic. The fresh garlic will add a lot of flavor. Just remember to season with black pepper flakes and crushed red pepper flakes.
To serve the salad cold, assemble the ingredients. If making the dish in advance, mix the macaroni and spinach together the night before. For optimal results and texture, add the ingredients right before serving. If you’re serving it to large groups of people, you can use canned or frozen baby spinach, but it’s best to prepare it the day before. You can also freeze the salad and serve it the next day.
Make a spinach pasta salad. You can use fresh or frozen baby spinach, depending on the preference of your guests. If you prefer to use frozen spinach, you can use it as well. Just make sure you season the pasta well. This will ensure it tastes good. When serving this salad, it pairs well with your grilling menu. If you want to make it in advance, you can make the dressing the night before.
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