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Italian Pasta Salad with Spinach and Sun-dried Tomatoes


What’s for lunch? It's that old question that tends to send some of us into a mini-panic. We want something healthy, filling and delicious but we don’t always have time to make it. Between work, school pick-up, errands, cleaning the house, calling your mom, paying your bills...you name it...when exactly is there time to make a delicious lunch?

Never fear! I’ve got the perfect solution for you. Meal prep this amazing Italian Pasta Salad with Spinach and Sun-dried Tomatoes! Doesn’t the name alone transport you to the Amalfi Coast?

So let's get right to it. For this recipe, I used gluten-free fussili pasta but it would be just as tasty with any kind - including tortellini and orzo. Simply prepare the batch and put it in the refrigerator for a quick and delicious lunch all week!

Italian Pasta Salad with Spinach and Sun-dried Tomatoes

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. gluten-free pasta

  • 4 tbs red wine vinegar

  • 2 tbs olive oil

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tbs red onion, chopped

  • 2 tbs fresh parsley, chopped

  • Pinch of sugar

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • Fresh ground pepper

  • 3 oz fresh mozzarella, cut in small pieces

  • 2 cups baby spinach

  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced

Instructions:

  1. Cook pasta according to directions. When done, drain in colander and add spinach. Toss to wilt spinach slightly.

  2. In a bowl, combine vinegar, olive oil, garlic, red onion, sugar, salt and pepper. Whisk until well-blended.

  3. In a large bowl, add pasta/spinach mixture. Top with dressing and toss (use your hands). Add cherry tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes and mozzarella. Toss gently again with hands.

  4. Cover and place in refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight.

ENJOY!

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