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This pasta salad comes together easily and is great for summer get-togethers. My family requests this all the time. I like to play with different veggies to add in variety. So play around with your favorites.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
4 hrs
total:
4 hrs 35 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spiral pasta in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but firm to the bite, 12 minutes; drain.

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  • Fry bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain bacon on paper towels and crumble. Reserve about 2 tablespoons of bacon grease.

  • Wilt spinach in the skillet with reserved bacon grease over medium heat, 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Toss cooked pasta with 1/3 cup Italian-style dressing in a large bowl; stir bacon, spinach, and green onions into coated pasta.

  • Stir creamy Italian-style dressing, tomatoes, and olives into pasta mixture. Chill in refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Nutrition Facts

344 calories; protein 9.3g; carbohydrates 26.2g; fat 22.6g; cholesterol 13.7mg; sodium 841mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2012
Wow. Ten stars. I had some bacon and baby spinach to use up and found this recipe. I had to make a change due to what I had but am rating anyway because I think the result would have been VERY similar. I didn't have creamy Italian dressing but only had regular. Assuming (and I apologize if I'm wrong) that creamy Italian dressing has a "mayo-like" base I used the bottle of regular Italian dressing in place of the creamy and then used 1/3 cup mayo in place of the regular Italian which I'm thinking "evened" everything out. Everything else I followed EXACT. SOOOOO GOOD!!! Where has this recipe been all my life?! I can't wait to try this out on everyone this summer at family and neighborhood BBQs! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/05/2012
I agree with the other reviewer that the bacon was soggy--I would substitute ham or salami for the added smoky flavor. Also "wilting" that amount of spinach inevitably leads to clumping. I would simply toss in uncooked baby spinach leaves. I didn't love this and probably won't make it again but that having been said I made it for a potluck and came back with an almost-empty bowl. Read More
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9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2012
Wow. Ten stars. I had some bacon and baby spinach to use up and found this recipe. I had to make a change due to what I had but am rating anyway because I think the result would have been VERY similar. I didn't have creamy Italian dressing but only had regular. Assuming (and I apologize if I'm wrong) that creamy Italian dressing has a "mayo-like" base I used the bottle of regular Italian dressing in place of the creamy and then used 1/3 cup mayo in place of the regular Italian which I'm thinking "evened" everything out. Everything else I followed EXACT. SOOOOO GOOD!!! Where has this recipe been all my life?! I can't wait to try this out on everyone this summer at family and neighborhood BBQs! Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2012
This is such awesome salad a change from regular salads making again this weekend everyone wants more!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/02/2013
Add the bacon just before serving and grate some fresh parmesan on top before serving. I find Good Seasons packet dressing you make yourself the best. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2013
I loved it but changed a few things the second time I made it. I tossed the warm pasta with a couple Tablespoons of Bacon grease used arugula instead of spinach omitted the creamy dressing and added some fresh cilantro. Big hit both times. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/05/2012
I agree with the other reviewer that the bacon was soggy--I would substitute ham or salami for the added smoky flavor. Also "wilting" that amount of spinach inevitably leads to clumping. I would simply toss in uncooked baby spinach leaves. I didn't love this and probably won't make it again but that having been said I made it for a potluck and came back with an almost-empty bowl. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2015
Good dish. I loved it. Works well with busy schedules like a house filled with kids and night school! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/01/2012
Recipe is good but the bacon gets soggy. Think next time i will add this either right before serving or buy bacon bits. I also added more dressing and even a little ranch for a bit of creaminess. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2013
This recipe was a big hit. I loved it and so did everyone else. Lauren Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2014
Great salad! Reading about several reviewers having soggy bacon I used thick bacon. Problem solved. Really great flavor. The only changes I made were the bacon and I put 1 more tomato in it. It just looked like it needed it. I also had to add a little more salad dressing in it. When I put it in the refrigerator to chill it jelled up. And it seemed dry when I stirred it up. Putting a little more dressing loosened it up. Read More