Summer Pasta Salad with Baby Greens

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I love making this mayo-less summer pasta salad with arugula, spinach, sun dried tomatoes, capers, fresh shaved Parmesan cheese and a splash of balsamic and oil.

I love making this mayo-less summer pasta salad with arugula, spinach, sun dried tomatoes, capers, fresh shaved Parmesan cheese and a splash of balsamic and oil.Summer Pasta Salad with Baby Greens

It’s great for lunch or dinner, and has a healthy serving of baby greens. In the summer, when tomatoes are at their sweetest, I replace the sun dried tomatoes with fresh tomatoes from my garden.

I usually have this for dinner on those warmer nights when I want a meatless meal or just something light, and because it has pasta in it, I feel full and satisfied after I eat it. The portions are pretty large for under 200 calories. This also makes a great side dish if you reduce the portions when you’re grilling up some burgers or chicken.

I love making this mayo-less summer pasta salad with arugula, spinach, sun dried tomatoes, capers, fresh shaved Parmesan cheese and a splash of balsamic and oil.

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I love making this mayo-less summer pasta salad with arugula, spinach, sun dried tomatoes, capers, fresh shaved Parmesan cheese and a splash of balsamic and oil.
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Summer Pasta Salad with Baby Greens

169 Cals 6 Protein 29.5 Carbs 5 Fats
Prep Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Yield: 4 Servings
COURSE: Lunch, Side Dish
CUISINE: Italian
I love making this mayo-less summer pasta salad with arugula, spinach, sun dried tomatoes, capers, fresh shaved Parmesan cheese and a splash of balsamic and oil.

Ingredients

  • 3 oz about 4 cups baby arugula and baby spinach mix
  • 5 oz gluten-free or wheat pasta
  • 1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes, sliced thin
  • 2 tbsp capers, drained
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp freshly shaved Parmigiano Reggiano

Instructions

  • Boil pasta in salted water according to package directions. When done, drain and rinse under cold water.
  • In a large bowl, combine the pasta, baby greens, sun dried tomatoes, capers, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Toss well then just before serving top with fresh shaved parmesan.

Nutrition

Serving: 11/2 cups, Calories: 169kcal, Carbohydrates: 29.5g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 271mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 4g
WW Points Plus: 5
Keywords: easy summer pasta salad, pasta salad with arugula and sun dried tomatoes, pasta salad with sun dried tomatoes, summer pasta salad, Summer Pasta Salad with Baby Greens
I love making this mayo-less summer pasta salad with arugula, spinach, sun dried tomatoes, capers, fresh shaved Parmesan cheese and a splash of balsamic and oil.

Makes about 6 cups.

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86 comments

  1. An I stand favorite! The sun dried tomatoes really tie the whole thing together. Excellent side salad we paired with grilled portobello caps for a meatless meal. 

  2. I thought it might be too strong with the balsamic vinegar, but it turned out great! Excited to eat the rest leftover tomorrow!

  3. 1/2 recipe? Can you clarify? Cut the recipe in half so that you have half the number of servings? Or eat half of the prepared dish so in this case that would equal two servings?

  4. I love this salad! So easy to prepare..

  5. Honestly, I didn’t have high hopes for this because it looked so simple. But I had all the ingredients already and needed a last minute recipe for a cookout, and I’m so impressed!! Really good, I skipped the capers because I didn’t have them and it was delicious. 

  6. This is so yummy AND quick and easy for lunch.

  7. Hi Gina!  Just wanted to let you know how much we love this recipe.  It has become a go to for my boyfriend and I all year round!  We’ve found with can prep it all earlier in the day then add the dressing right before serving…super easy for when we get home late on a weeknight!  Thanks!

  8. Hi Gina,
    I’ve been using your site for over a year and it’s awesome! Everything I’ve ever made has been great! I’m starting ww this week so I’m counting everything. A quick question…5oz of pasta? Is that cooked or uncooked? Thanks in advance!

  9. This just got 5 stars in my recipe app! Really delicious and seems fancier than for how simple it is to make (don’t tell the guests at the 4th of July party I brought this to). Used fresh cherry tomatoes that I over roasted first instead of the sun dried. Because the dressing is light, I did add the greens I bit ahead of time and they held up for several hours. Will be a new go-to for lunch and summer BBQs. 

  10. I’d like to bring this to a 4th of July party. I’m assuming I should wait till we serve to add the lettuce so that it doesn’t wilt.   Thoughts? 

  11. I’d like to bring this to a 4th of July party. I’m assuming I should wait till we serve to add the lettuce.   Thoughts? 

  12. I make this salad all the time and my friends and family love it! So light and healthy and it’s great leftovers! Just add some of the arugula spinach mix when you serve it so it stays crisp. 

  13. Did you use sun dried tomatoes packed in oil?

  14. I made this for a pot luck today and everyone loved it. I nixed the capers bc I'm just not a fan, but I added a handful of fresh chopped basil and a bit of minced red onion. It was amazing! Thank you!

  15. I make this all the time! Everyone in my family loves it including my kids. Yum yum!

  16. anyone know a replacement for capers?

  17. It says on the recipe 3 oz is about 4 cups for the arugula but that is actually less than 1 cup?

  18. Is there something I could add instead of capers? Thanks

  19. Can't wait to try this tonight! I know we'll have leftovers, so I'm wondering if it would be a good idea to only put the dressing on the part we're eating tonight and leave the rest dry? Would love thoughts from those of you who might have already made it! Thanks!

  20. Great recipe. My mum loved it so much she made it for friends who are now making it for friends. I used regular pasta and added extra greens, tomatoes and capers.