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Spinach & Bacon Pasta Salad

This fresh vegetable pasta salad gets tons of flavor from the salty Sharp Cheddar and tangy dressing.

Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Chill 30 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 box cooked Penne pasta
  • 10 slices cooked bacon chopped
  • 5 oz fresh baby spinach
  • 4 oz Old Croc Sharp Cheddar chunked or shaved
  • ¼ red onion sliced thin (soak slices in water for 15 minutes to mellow the flavor)
  • 3 oz jarred roasted red peppers sliced in strips
  • Dressing:
  • ½ tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the pasta, bacon, spinach, cheese, onion and peppers. In a medium bowl, whisk together the soy, Dijon and vinegar. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, while whisking to emulsify. Pour dressing over pasta salad, mix well. 

  2. Chill for ½ hour before serving.