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Strawberry Spinach Pasta Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

This Strawberry Spinach Pasta Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing is the perfect summer salad recipe featuring delicious pasta and in-season fruits and veggies!
Course Dinner, Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Barbecue, Healthy, Summer
Keyword Strawberry Spinach Pasta Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 16 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 421kcal
Author Chrissie (thebusybaker.ca)


For the dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • a pinch of salt

For the pasta salad

  • 1 pouch Barilla Penne Ready Pasta (or 3 cups cooked regular Penne pasta)
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 3 handfuls fresh spinach, washed and dried
  • 1/4 cup walnuts or pecans, coarsley chopped
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese, crumbled


  • Add the vegetable oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, honey, mustard, poppy seeds, and salt to a mason jar and shake to combine.
  • Prepare the Barilla Penne Ready Pasta according to package directions (it only takes 60 seconds in the microwave!). Let cool on a plate or in a shallow bowl.
  • Add the Barilla Penne Ready Pasta to a serving bowl and top with the strawberries, spinach, nuts, and crumbled goat cheese.
  • Pour the dressing over top and toss well.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Feel free to use regular Barilla Penne Pasta in place of Ready Pasta in this recipe. Simply cook according to package directions, rinse and cool before adding to the salad.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 421kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 172mg | Potassium: 536mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 4513IU | Vitamin C: 100mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 3mg