Pasta salad with garlic and chilli dressing Recipe

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20 min


15 min

This pasta salad with spinach and a simple garlic and chilli dressing only takes half an hour to whip up. Light and healthy, it’s perfect for summery dinners outside


  • 500g farfalle or spiral pasta
  • 3 spring onions
  • 50g sun-dried tomatoes, cut into strips
  • 1kg spinach, stalks trimmed and leaves shredded
  • 50g pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 tbsp chopped oregano
  • 60ml olive oil
  • 1 tsp sliced chilli
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed


  • Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of rapidly boiling salted water until al dente. Drain, rinse under cold water and drain again. Allow to cool, then transfer to a large salad bowl.

  • Trim the spring onions and thinly slice diagonally. Add to the pasta with the tomato, spinach, pine nuts and oregano.

  • To make the dressing, combine the olive oil, chilli, garlic and some salt and pepper in a small screw-top jar and shake well. Pour the dressing over the top of the salad and toss well to combine.

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This would be really nice the next day in lunchboxes, so cook up some extra and save it for a quick and easy lunch