This Spinach Avocado Pasta Salad is not only DELICIOUS, it’s packed with vegetables and protein for a healthy meal or side dish. I love meals that taste great and leave my feeling full, for longer.

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What’s not to love about this hearty, healthy Spinach Avocado Pasta Salad?

Spinach: yes please!

Cilantro: YUM.

Chickpeas: Love them.

Tomatoes and avocados: make everything better.

This salad just works. It’s a beautiful blend of flavor and color and it’s completely delicious!

Ingredients for spinach avocado pasta salad, including chickpeas, tomato, onion, cilantro and spinach.

Pasta salad always hits the spot! I love it, and my family loves it, so I make different versions all the time.

If you’re looking for some other great, healthier pasta salad ideas, these are some of my favorites:

 

Overhead photo of a clear bowl with Spinach Avocado Pasta Salad

The one thing I really love about this salad, in particular, is how fresh and healthy it is. It’s filling too! The yummy, light lemon dressing adds the perfect touch of sweetness. I love to make extra to have in the fridge to feed everyone throughout the week.

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Recipe

Spinach Avocado Pasta Salad | tastesbetterfromscratch.com
Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins
Total 25 mins
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Ingredients
  

For the salad:

  • 2 1/2 cups penne pasta (white, whole wheat, or other bite size pasta)
  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion , chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 avocados , peeled, seeded and diced
  • 15 ounce can chickpeas , rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes , halved

For the Dressing:

  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain pasta and set aside.
  • Place cilantro and spinach in a food processor and pulse a few times until they are finely diced. Add to a medium bowl. 
  • Stir in the garlic, onion, tomatoes, avocado, and beans. Add the cooked pasta, and stir to combine. 
  • Make dressing and pour over the top. Toss to coat.
  • Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes to allow flavors combine.

Nutrition

Calories: 374kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 10gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 48mgPotassium: 697mgFiber: 7gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1570IUVitamin C: 22.8mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 1.9mg

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Nutrition Facts
Spinach Avocado Pasta Salad
Amount per Serving
Calories
374
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
14
g
22
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
10
%
Sodium
 
48
mg
2
%
Potassium
 
697
mg
20
%
Carbohydrates
 
53
g
18
%
Fiber
 
7
g
28
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
10
g
20
%
Vitamin A
 
1570
IU
31
%
Vitamin C
 
22.8
mg
28
%
Calcium
 
40
mg
4
%
Iron
 
1.9
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I originally shared this recipe July 2015. Updated January 2018.

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  1. Made this salad yesterday, had it for lunch today. Wanted a clarification on “1 bunch of fresh cilantro”.. I bought “a bunch” from the store but that’s way too much for one recipe. I ended up taking out 1/2 cup of what I chopped and it was still too much.

    Been cooking your recipes for years!

    1. 4 stars
      I had access to fresh cilantro straight from the garden. I used a modest amount (maybe 1/4 cup) and had no trouble tasting the cilantro.

  2. Hi Lauren, can I substitute another herb for the Cilantro in the spinach avocado pasta salad, not a big fan of cilantro, and would love to make it as it looks amazing,
    love pasta salad. thank you

  3. 5 stars
    What’s great about this dish is that it can be used as a main dish, or a side. We have done both! It’s a perfect summer recipe and a great addition to any BBQ.

    1. Hi Deboarah, there are 5 servings in this recipe with each serving being about 1.5 – 2 cups. Hope you get to make it soon!

  4. I LOVE that you added avocado!! I bet it would be just as delicious with GF pasta!