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Summer Pasta Salad with Shrimp

In this salad, the hot pasta will wilt the spinach and soften the squash. Firm tofu, cut into cubes and cooked in a nonstick pan, can be used in place of shrimp.

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  • Servings: 4
Summer Pasta Salad with Shrimp

Source: Everyday Food, July/August 2010

Ingredients

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/2 pound short pasta, such as fusilli
  • 1 medium yellow squash, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped pitted Kalamata or Nicoise olives
  • 4 lightly packed cups baby spinach (3 1/4 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest, plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined

Directions

  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain pasta, transfer to a large bowl, and toss with squash, olives, spinach, lemon zest and juice, and 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of the oil. Season with salt and pepper.

  2. In a large skillet, heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil over medium-high. Add shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until opaque throughout, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Top pasta with shrimp.

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