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Spinach Pasta Salad


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  • 1 cup lightly packed spinach leaves
  • 2 1/4 cups ziti or other medium pasta
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons finely shredded parmesan
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup light mayo or salad dressing
  • 6 tablespoons ham
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted



Step 1

Cook pasta, drain and rinse with cold water.

Dressing: Combine the spinach, basil, garlic, parmesan, salt and pepper in a blender. Add oil and water. Process until nearly smooth and forms a paste. Combine with mayo.

toss pasta and pesto mayo in large bowl until well coated. Cover and chill 1 hours.

To serve: Spoon salad into bowl. Sprinkle with ham and nuts.


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