Spinach Pasta Salad with Roasted Mushrooms

Warmer weather means that soups give way to salads. Enjoy this hearty pasta salad and celebrate the retreat of winter.

spinach and pasta salad

I am a salad girl at heart. From the salad bar to the epic Caesar, I love filling up on chilled, fresh greens, savory dressings, and whatever goodies I can find while rummaging in the fridge or pantry.

My people, mostly males aged 8 to 50, have a little harder time wrapping their heads around salad as a meal. But, I’ve convinced the elder Mr. Fisher that salad, if liberally dosed with pasta and/or protein, does count.

This salad brings together dark leafy greens, umami-touched mushrooms, juicy tomatoes, and hearty pasta. It’s perfect for packing or simply enjoying out on the patio.

This particular version is meatless as well as dairy-free. You can easily add grilled steak, chicken, or shrimp to make it heartier. A sprinkle of parmesan would not be amiss. If you want to ditch the gluten, sub in some rice pasta. It’s all good.

And it’s perfect for the upcoming hot summer days.

spinach salad with pasta and mushrooms

The mushrooms in this recipe are roasted in the oven, allowing you free hands to stir the pasta and whisk the dressing. If you’d rather not heat the oven, feel free to saute the mushrooms quickly on the stove┬átop.

Take advantage of summer tomato sales to reduce the cost of this dish. And keep an eye open in the produce section; spinach and mushrooms are often marked down in order to move them quickly.

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  1. Yes, I can definitely see this with shrimp or some slivers of grilled meat. This is a beautiful salad. Thanks for sharing it.

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