Looking for a summer salad recipe that is full of flavor? Try making Spinach Penne Salad!
In my (very large) family, we do monthly family birthdays. If your birthday falls in April, you get to celebrate with all of the other April birthdays. The kids will have their own separate party with their friends but the family party is a joint endeavor! So, last Sunday we did the April birthdays and one of my nephews (in Kindergarten) requested this salad. And since I volunteered to bring a salad (and I love this one) I said sure I will make a Spinach & Penne Salad!
To make the dressing, I used fresh basil, olive oil and garlic powder.
Chop the basil.
Put the chopped basil, olive oil and garlic powder in a bowl. Mix together, cover and store in the fridge to let the flavors blend. I just learned that this called pistou…it is like pesto but it doesn’t contain pine nuts.
When you are ready to mix the salad together, add mayo to the pistou.
Put the spinach, penne and dressing in a large bowl.
Mix together, top with Parmesan and enjoy!
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1 tsp garlic powder or 1 clove garlic
- 1 bunch basil tops - chopped
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 6 oz baby spinach
- 3 cups penne - cooked
Mix together olive oil, garlic powder and basil.
Cover and place in fridge overnight or until ready to serve.
Remove dressing from fridge and stir in mayonnaise.
Mix together spinach, penne and dressing.
Top with Parmesan.