Check your local farmers market for fresh-picked herbs, spinach greens, and other veggies for this easy and delicious summer salad.


2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

1 teaspoon lemon juice


2 cups cooked bow tie or rotini noodles

2 cups torn raw spinach

3/4 cup sliced celery

1/4 cup sliced green onions

1 medium tomato, chopped OR 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1 cup seedless grapes

1/2 cup raw snow peas

1/2 pound cooked shrimp OR 8 ounces grilled chicken breast, chopped

Cook noodles according to package directions, but do not add salt to water.  Drain, rinse, and cool.  Place all dressing ingredients in pint jar, close with lid, and shake well.  Mix spinach, celery, green onions, tomato, grapes, and snow peas in large salad bowl.  Add shrimp or chicken.  Place drained and cooled pasta in salad bowl.  Shake dressing well and pour over salad; toss then serve.

~ North Carolina Cooperative Extension