Spring is finally here and I couldn’t be more excited! Besides warmer weather, I am ready for lighter meals filled with lots of veggies like this Spinach Artichoke Pasta Salad! I grew up eating a lot of pasta salad at my family events. Usually the pasta salads are filled with cheese, cold meats, and bottled dressing. I wanted a make a lighter pasta salad that no one would guess is vegan.
This Spinach Artichoke Pasta Salad is a lighter pasta salad that would be perfect for serving at your picnic, bbq, or really anytime. I used one of my favorite gluten-free pastas for the recipe: Organic Brown Rice & Quinoa Fusilli Pasta from Trader Joe’s. You can use your favorite pasta, but I really like the fusilli for pasta salads.
The pasta is filled with lots of fresh spinach, artichokes, and roasted red bell peppers. A simply vinaigrette of red wine vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil dresses the salad. The dressing is light and doesn’t weigh down the salad. If you are serving the pasta the next day, check to see if the pasta has absorbed most of the dressing. If it seems a little dry add in a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. I found that after two days the pasta salad needed a little bit more moisture.
The salad definitely tastes better after it has been chilled for a few hours. The flavors really shine after a few hours in the fridge.
This Spinach Artichoke Pasta Salad not only makes a great salad for a bbq or also for taking on a long hike. This past weekend, Hector and I went hiking at one of the dune parks along Lake Michigan in West Michigan. It was so great to get outdoors in nature. It was cold, but that didn’t stop us from having a great time. We are really into hiking and are planning on doing some backpacking trips this Summer. I can’t wait! This pasta salad held up really well and was the perfect lunch after our long hike at the dunes!
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Recipe inspired by Rachael Ray.
After the pasta sits for more than a day, it might be a little dry because the pasta has absorbed all the dressing. Just drizzle some extra virgin olive oil to the salad