Spinach Artichoke Pasta Salad


This delicious Pasta Salad was adapted from a Rachel Ray recipe by Anne Newsome and her husband Chef John, the authors of “What to Cook for Dinner for Picky Eaters“.  Anne and John have two young children who started out as very picky eaters, a bit of a challenge for these foodie parents.  But with love, patience and creativity in the kitchen,  Anne and John are finding that any child, in time, can learn to love a wide variety of foods and flavors.

Anne and John share their food journeys on their blog the Saturday Evening Pot, where you can find many lovely recipes for all sorts of palettes.

This pasta salad has become one of Anne’s favorite.  Enjoy!

Serves: 6

Preparation: 20 minutes

Cooking: 10 minutes


  • 1/2 pound frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1 jar marinated artichoke hearts (any size), chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 small sweet red onion, chopped
  • 1 8-ounce package penne pasta, cooked and drained
  • Handful sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil, slightly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • pinch of salt

Making the Salad:

  1. Combine spinach with artichoke pieces, bell pepper and red onion.
  2. Add pasta and sun-dried tomatoes to the salad.
  3. Mix together garlic with lime juice and vinegar.
  4. Whisk in oil and thyme. Add salt and stir.
  5. Dress salad and gently toss. Serve or refrigerate.

eBcover-design2-SBYou can find this recipe and other delicious recipes in Anne and Chef John’s fabulous cookbook “What to Cook for Dinner for Picky Eaters“.  The kindle book is on FREE promo through Saturday June 29th on Amazon.  You can download the book here.

What to Cook for Dinner for Picky Eaters has become a favorite resource for parents of picky eaters.  One of the top fans of the book summarizes it best in her review on Amazon, which Chef John and Anne were delighted to receive and to learn that the reader’s daughter found a recipe right away that she asked her mom to make:

“My daughters are very picky eaters, my youngest is the worse…. I’ll admit that they get their picky food habits form me. I was very interested in what kind of recipes were going to be in the book due to it being written by a chef. I’m a country girl and we never eat too fancy and I was worried that the recipes were going to be ‘up-class’ for my picky eaters but I was very wrong!

As I was looking through the book, my youngest daughter happened to walk up and started looking at the book with me. I was very surprised when she asked me to make her some Crock-Pot Hamburger Soup! (The award winner recipe) Jade is the pickiest eater in the house and to hear her ask for something that she has never ate before put a big smile on this moms face!  The recipes in this book are simple to make and the ingredients are everyday foods used in ways that I would of never thought of.”


  1. Anne Newsome says:

    Thanks, Valerie, for featuring my recipe today…. I hope everyone (or at least those who like these types of flavors!) enjoys it as much as I have! I love pasta salads in the hot summer months. 🙂

    • You are most welcome Anne, and thank you for sharing your scrumptious pasta recipe! My whole family LOVES pasta salads, especially for summer meals that we often enjoy outside… I use a brown rice or quinoa pasta since I can’t eat gluten 🙂

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