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Strawberry Spinach Ranch Pasta Salad

Everyone raves that this Strawberry Spinach Ranch Pasta Salad is the best summer appetizer to bring to potlucks, graduation parties, cookouts, and family reunions. This refreshing pasta salad is tossed with creamy ranch dressing for the perfect summer side dish. 
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 15

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces penne pasta
  • 1 pound strawberries, sliced
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 8 ounces mozzarella balls
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1 large red apple
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain water then rinse under cold water; set aside.
    Slice strawberries and apple.
    In a medium bowl, combine ranch dressing, water, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.
    In a large serving bowl, toss together pasta, sliced strawberries and apples, mozzarella cheese balls, spinach, and walnuts.  
    Pour ranch dressing mixture over top then toss together.  Top with grated parmesan cheese.
    Ranch sauce should only be poured over pasta before serving.  If making a day in advance, prepare ingredients separately then set sauce aside.  Toss all ingredients together with dressing sauce before serving.