I’m getting so excited for warmer weather. One of my favorite things about spring and summer is barbecues.
I love grilling, don’t get me wrong, but the potluck side dishes might be even better than the main course. I love having a variety of salads, and dips, and this salad is perfect for potlucks and barbecues.
I love homemade dressings. I feel like they are so flavorful and totally make the salad. This dressing is easy to whip up and goes perfectly with the pasta and spinach.
This is also a great way to get my kids to eat some vegetables, because they love the taste of it, all together.
I love the flavors of strawberry and balsamic together. It was a match made in heaven.
Throw in some feta cheese and candied pecans and you have one amazing flavor combination. If you are not a feta cheese fan, you could also do goat cheese, blue cheese, swiss cheese, mozzarella cheese, or parmesan cheese.
This salad is perfect for parties and potlucks and can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge for a few hours until you are ready to serve it.
sneak more vegetables into the salad:
I love sneaking vegetables into my kids food. I have gotten pretty good at it. The smaller I cut them, the less they notice, and I feel totally fine about it.
Or, I will have them prepare the dish with me, have them cup up some of the vegetables, and then as we eat dinner, they like to feel that they have contributed and are more likely to eat it.
For this salad, you could easily sneak in a few extra veggies (you may want to cut them smaller), but here are a few we recommend:
- green bell peppers
if you love this Strawberry balsamic spinach pasta salad, be sure to try The Best Creamy Pasta Salad. It’s a family favorite.
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Strawberry Balsamic Spinach Pasta Salad Recipe
- 8 ounces penne pasta
- 4 cups baby spinach
- 2 cups strawberries sliced
- 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
- ½ cup candied pecans
- 1 cup strawberries sliced
- ⅓ cup balsamic vinegar
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Cook pasta according to package directions.
- Rinse in cold water until cool, drain and set aside.
- In a large bowl, toss together cooked pasta, baby spinach, sliced strawberries, crumbled feta cheese and candied pecans.
- In a blender, combine all dressing ingredients and blend until smooth.
- Pour dressing over salad and toss to combine.
- Store covered in refrigerator until serving.
- Large Mixing Bowl