Monday, April 9, 2012

Smoked Mozzerella and Penne Spinach Salad


Hope everyone had a lovely Easter weekend!  We had such a wonderful few days.  On Saturday we went to a family party of a BBQ and flying kites with the cousins.  It was so much fun.  I brought this incredible salad to share that I found on this site.   It was scrumptious and I am trying to find another excuse to make it, I have been dreaming about it ever since. 


INGREDIENTS:
Parmesan Dressing:
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise
1/4 cup white whine vinegar
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
Salad:
12 ounces penne pasta
3 cups packed baby spinach
12 ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained and diced
4-6 ounces smoked mozzarella cheese, diced
DIRECTIONS:
For the dressing, combine the Parmesan cheese, parsley, mayo, vinegar, garlic, cayenne and salt and pepper in a blender and process until the dressing is smooth. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. The dressing can be made up to two days ahead of time.
To prepare the salad, cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water until just tender, al dente. Drain the pasta into a colander and run cold water over it and drain well. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta, spinach, roasted red peppers and smoked mozzarella. At this point, the salad and dressing can be refrigerated for a couple of hours separately before serving.
Toss the salad with the dressing right before serving.

70 comments:

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  3. Looks amazing! I want to make it tonight!

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  4. My hubby and I love spinach. This looks like such a delicious recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. o0o0o0 yum! love the touch of cayenne pepper... my fav! Hugs from California :) xx,
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  11. okay that looks awesome! pinning this!

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  12. I love this recipe! I can tell by the ingredients my family will too..thanks!

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  13. oh wow it made me hungry! delicious.

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  14. That looks amazzzzzzzing. I can't wait to try it :)

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  16. I just got really hungry looking at that pic...


    me thinks I must try it???

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  20. I really like your blog dear!
    Keep posting!

    XO

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  21. Just red the title and I knew I love it!!! Vegetables with mozzarella and pasta is my favorite!! Wish it was not so fattening!
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  22. Amazing! this looks so delicious :)


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  23. Looks yummy, im gonna try this X

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  25. This looks delicious, I just recently got into spinach so I need to try this out.

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  26. so cute! love this :)

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  27. It looks and sounds delicious! X

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  28. yummy!! have to try it ASAP! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
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  29. Yummie!
    I really love your blog dear!
    Keep posting!

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  30. love this type of salad!
    Nice post! i'll try tomorrow for my husband! :)
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  31. OMG, this looks so delicious and I love Penne pasta and especially doesn't seem too difficult. I read your bio and can totally relate, I don't cook but I love that you've learned and understand where non-cookers might be coming from. Definitely following you now

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  34. DELISH Lookin =) thanks for sharing the recipe hun <3

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  36. It realy seems and looks great.
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  37. great great food honey, it seems really good :P

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  38. Oh this looks so good!

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  39. Hummmmmmmm...........AMAZING!!!


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  40. This looks like an easy one! and so yummy!!!
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  42. mozarella, spinach, and pasta? yummmm!

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  43. looks seriuosly good!!

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  50. oh my gosh this looks amazing!

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