National Pinot Grigio Day: Spinach, Olive, and Feta Pasta Salad with Spinach

PARTNER POST: May 26 is National Pinot Grigio Day. We’re celebrating with Cavit Wines by sharing refreshing spring and summer recipes that pair perfectly with Pinot Grigio.
Perfect for easy summer entertaining, this pasta salad is tossed with a citrus vinaigrette, toasted pine nuts, and more to pair with refreshing Pinot Grigio.

National Pinot Grigio Day: Spinach, Olive, and Feta Pasta Salad with Spinach

I love wine. It is my drink of choice for celebrating the arrival of the weekend and what I prefer to sip on for date night. I know a lot of people think of wine as a fancier type of beverage, but there are also “easy to drink” varieties that pair just as well with pearls and linen napkins for special occasions as they do with a t-shirt and shorts for a backyard summer barbecue.

Cavit Wines is ready to celebrate summer by kicking things off with a new holiday that I’m more than happy to take part in: National Pinot Grigio Day! May 26 will mark the first official holiday appreciating this light, refreshing wine, but the admiration should definitely not end there as it makes a perfect pairing for so many summer dishes.

I’m quite fond of the crisp, citrus and green apple flavors, especially in the hot summer months! Nine times out of ten, you’ll find white wine in my glass, but as the temperature rises, those odds of that being true increase since it’s so nice to have something chilled to help you cool down.

And speaking of cooling down, I’m all about this summery pasta salad right now.

National Pinot Grigio Day: Spinach, Olive, and Feta Pasta Salad with Spinach

Bow tie pasta houses a variety of flavorful little gems like chopped Kalamata olives, feta, toasted pine nuts and spinach “confetti”, and is tossed with a zesty citrusy vinaigrette. It’s a great make ahead pasta dish to bring along to casual summer gatherings, but is elegant enough to serve to company if you’re looking to impress. Paired with Cavit Pinot Grigio, all the flavors of the season really shine through and complement the fruity aroma and flavors of the wine.

National Pinot Grigio Day: Spinach, Olive, and Feta Pasta Salad with Spinach

No need to get gussied up for this gathering; just kick back, relax and pour yourself a glass of Pinot Grigio… the rest of the fun will take care of itself!

National Pinot Grigio Day: Spinach, Olive, and Feta Pasta Salad with Spinach
 
Perfect for easy summer entertaining, this pasta salad is tossed with a citrus vinaigrette, toasted pine nuts, and more to pair with refreshing Pinot Grigio.
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Recipe Type: Main
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. bow tie pasta {farfalle}
  • 1½ cups fresh chopped spinach
  • ⅓ cup chopped kalamata olives
  • ⅓ cup feta cheese
  • ¼ cup lightly toasted pine nuts
For vinaigrette:
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 small clove garlic, grated or minced
Instructions
  1. Bowl water and make the pasta. Set aside.
  2. Combine all ingredients for the vinaigrette.
  3. Toss with the cooked pasta and the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Serve with Pinot Grigio.
 


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