Spinach Pasta Salad

Prep time: 15 minutes
Makes: 5 cups
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Try a low fat Asian Salad Dressing from the store to replace the dressing ingredients.

Kid friendly


2 cups
cooked pasta (try whole wheat shells, bow ties, macaroni or other small shapes)
4 cups
1⁄4 cup
dried cranberries
2 Tablespoons
sunflower seeds
1 can
(15 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
2 Tablespoons
chopped cilantro or parsley
2 Tablespoons
teriyaki sauce
2 Tablespoons
1⁄4 teaspoon
garlic powder
1⁄8 teaspoon
each salt and pepper
1 1⁄2 teaspoons
1 Tablespoon
vegetable oil


  1. In a large bowl, mix together teriyaki sauce, vinegar, garlic powder, salt, pepper, sugar and vegetable oil.
  2. Add cooked pasta, spinach, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, mandarin oranges and cilantro or parsley, if desired. Mix well. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
  3. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.


Try a low fat Asian Salad Dressing from the store to replace the dressing ingredients.

Last updated: 02/26/17

2 Comments for "Spinach Pasta Salad"

Kamut works very nicely as a substitute for the pasta in this recipe.  It's hearty and chewy texture holds up well and takes care of the "squishy" problem noted in the previous review.

Made this recipe for our office staff for lunch. Got really good feedback and everyone seemed to really like the dressing. However, I think if I made it again I would not do substitute quinoa for the pasta. I just felt like the texture of the cooked macaroni combined with the texture of the spinach made the salad a bit "squishy."

A coworker also suggested adding some chopped chicken as well, but I think it was fine without it.

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