Donna’s Tuscan Pasta Salad with Grilled Salmon

This is the perfect hearty salad for a summer picnic supper.

1/2 pound penne paste (small tube shape)

1 can (14 ounces) artichoke hearts, drained and cut into quarters

1/2 cup oil packed sun-dried tomatoes*, chopped

1 cup black olives, cut in half

1/2 pound grilled salmon, cut in bite-sized pieces

4 ounces(1/2 cup crumbled) tomato basil seasoned feta cheese

6 ounces (about 8 cups) fresh small spinach leaves, washed and drained

1/4 cup toasted pine nuts**, optional


1/4 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

In a large saucepan, cook pasta in salted water according to package directions until al dente. Chill under cold running water. Drain and set aside. In a large bowl, combine pasta, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, olives, ham, and cheese and spinach leaves. Set pine nuts aside. In a small jar, combine olive oil, garlic, basil, and vinegar. Pour into salad bowl and toss gently. Top individual servings with pine nuts if desired.

*Roasted red peppers can be substituted for the sun dried tomatoes.

**To toast pine nuts, cook in a dry frying pan over medium heat for 1 -2 minutes or until lightly golden. Watch carefully to prevent burning.

Serves 8

Nutritional information per serving:

Calories 290

Fat, gm. 14

Protein, gm. 13

Carb, gm 30

Cholesterol 25

Fiber, gm 3.6

Reprinted from: Mom’s Quick Meals Cookbook

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