Strawberry Spinach Pasta Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

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Sweet and tangy strawberry spinach pasta salad with orange poppyseed dressing with pineapple, cashews, and tart cranberries is the perfect potluck side dish for every get together. 

Need to change up your potluck game? Try this Mandarin Pasta Spinach Salad with Teriyaki Dressing, Pesto Chicken Pasta Salad, Strawberry Avocado Chicken Pasta Salad, and Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad

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I’m admitting it here and now, I have a pasta salad obsession.

Maybe it’s the fact that it’s been over a hundred degrees consistently this month and I have a hard time turning on the oven in these kinds of conditions, maybe it’s just that I I like the idea of taking lettuce, adding pasta and fruit or veggies, a handful of goodies like nuts and dried berries or cheese, and calling it a salad.

Whatever it is, I can’t get enough of this side dish/main dish/9pm leftovers snack.

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For Memorial Day my family got together for a big barbecue to kick off Summer and my mother’s good friend Penny contributed a pasta salad to the plethora of potluck goodness. It had dried berries and spinach and penne noodles, along with pineapple, strawberries, and some kind of orange poppy seed dressing.

You see where I’m going with this.

I ate it. I love it. I had to recreate it for myself.

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So this is my simplified version of that BOMB pasta salad. She actually added shredded chicken to her salad and I thought that was brilliant so if you’ve got some leftover chicken in the fridge or maybe some rotisserie chicken begging to be used up, put it in this salad. You will not regret it.

And feel free to customize this recipe, it’s very forgiving. Swap out the pineapple for mandarin oranges, or add dried blueberries or cherries instead of the cranberries. Don’t limit yourself to cashews if you prefer walnuts or pecans – go where your pantry takes you!

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I like to use fresh-squeezed orange juice for the dressing but you can absolutely use that carton of OJ you’ve been reaching for at breakfast each morning.

If you want to make this salad ahead of time (more than one hour ahead) I would recommend waiting to add the dressing until just before serving. Just keep it in a covered jar until ready to serve, then toss and enjoy!

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What people are saying about this Strawberry Spinach Pasta Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

“Made this salad for a family reunion this weekend and it was a huge hit with kids and adults alike. Cool, refreshing with a great combination of flavors.” – Becky

“My favorite salad!!! Love this poppy seed dressing.” – Iona

“Thanks for a great recipe! I made extra of the salad dressing and used it as a marinade for grilled chicken breasts. This is definitely a keeper!!” – Becky

“We made this last weekend. I’m prepping it again for tomorrow! We loved it so much, it will become a staple for us.” – Denise

Strawberry Spinach Pasta Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing | lecremedelacrumb.com

Strawberry Spinach Pasta Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

Sweet and tangy strawberry spinach pasta salad with orange poppyseed dressing is the perfect potluck side dish for every backyard bbq, party, and get together.
4.79 from 56 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces penne noodles, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 cups packed fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries, or dried blueberries
  • 1/2 cup salted cashews, or other nut like pecans or walnuts

Orange Poppyseed Dressing

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • optional: pinch of salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Combine all dressing ingredients in a jar, cover, and shake well. Set aside.
  • Combine penne, spinach, strawberries, pineapple, cranberries, and cashews in a large bowl and toss with the prepared dressing.
  • Serve immediately or cover and chill for 1 hour before serving.

Notes

Make ahead: prepare this salad ahead of time by preparing as written, but do not toss with the dressing. Store salad and dressing in airtight containers in fridge up to 24 hours before serving. Toss with dressing immediately before serving. 

Nutrition

Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 70mg | Potassium: 215mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 594IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg
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Prepped this last night & going to mix it today for a ladies lunch! Will report their comments later😁

5 stars
Wow, this salad is delicious!

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