Spinach-Pasta Salad With Spicy Shrimp And Medium Shell Pasta

By | July 24, 2009

Spinach Pasta With Bell Pepper And Fat Free Ingredients

Spinach Pasta Salad Ingredients

1 pound shrimps, peeled and de-veined, cooked
6 ounce baby spinach
1 cup pasta, medium shells
1 cup red bell pepper
1/3 cup Caesar dressing, fat free
2 tablespoon dill
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon salt
4 ounce goat cheese crumbled


  1. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package. Drain and set aside.
  2. Combine the cooked pasta along with the sweet pepper and cooked shrimps. Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Drizzle contents in the bowl with fat free salad dressing and dill. Toss well to coat.
  4. Divide baby spinach in 6 different salad plates equally. Top with the tossed shrimp mixture. Spread crumbled goat cheese. Serve. This recipe makes 6 servings.

Health Tip:

  • Spinach-pasta salad with shrimp recipe provides 247 calories, 10 gm total fat, 17 gm carbohydrates, 2 gm dietary fiber and 23 gm proteins per serving.
  • Avoid serving this salad with crumbled goat cheese if you wish to reduce the cholesterol, total fats and sodium values of this recipe. Choose any other fat free, reduced sodium cheese instead.
  • Preferably choose whole grain pasta instead of refined ones as the nutritional profile in terms of B complex vitamins and fiber is much higher in the whole grain products.
  • This recipe can be considered a high sodium recipe as it provides 509 mg sodium per serving. Do not add salt to this salad recipe if you are on a low sodium diet. Also most salad dressings have a very high sodium content.
  • Make sure to read the food label for sodium values on the salad dressing jar before you use it in your salad. This is especially important if you are on a sodium restricted diet. Other low fat and low sodium salad dressings can be substituted for Caesar salad dressing to reduce the sodium values of this recipe.
  • This recipe contains moderate amounts of cholesterol that is 156 mg per serving. Shell fishes like shrimps, prawns, crabs or lobsters are considered to be high in cholesterol.
  • If you are on a low cholesterol diet then you can occasionally add this recipe in your meals as long as you are able to balance your intake of other cholesterol rich foods.
  • However if not then you can use any other fatty fish like salmon, halibut or mackerel instead of shrimps in this recipe. These fishes are not only low in cholesterol and total fat but also provide heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids to the body.