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Peach pasta salad with spinach is the perfect summer side dish. It’s light, refreshing, and delicious. Sometimes, we add a little chicken and make a meal of it.

Large helping of peach pasta salad with bowtie pasta, peaches, spinach and mozzarella pearls in a homemade dressing.

If you are looking for a fun new pasta salad to try, you are in the right place. This recipe features peaches, spinach, mozzarella, and a homemade peach mustard vinaigrette.

It is a great make ahead side dish for bbqs and potlucks. We also love it as a simple summer lunch.

Ingredients including pasta, spinach, peaches, mustard, oil, vinegar, and diced onion.

The best part is how simple it is to make. And you can customize it to your heart’s content.

Add whatever you like to make it yours. You can also make extra salad dressing and use it for green salads as well.

Why You’ll Love This Salad

It uses canned peaches, so you get the flavor without the work of chopping fresh peaches. Plus, you use some of the juice from the can to make the dressing.

You can make it ahead of time, which makes it perfect for when you are serving guests or bringing it to a carry in. It also makes a great brown bag lunch.

I make a batch on Sunday and portion it out for lunches throughout the week.

It is a nice cool dish, which is always welcome when it’s hot out. Plus, the peaches add a nice summery flavor.

Substitutions and Additions

We like this peach pasta salad recipe as written, but there are so many tasty ways you could make it your own.

If you want extra fruit, some fresh blueberries would be a tasty addition to this salad.

The mozzarella pearls add a mild creaminess, but crumbled feta or blue cheese would add a flavorful punch. Either would be delicious.

Large mixing bowl filled with peach pasta salad with spinach and cheese, ready to be served.

You can substitute arugula or another green for the spinach. You could also easily double the amount of greens if you want to bulk it up without adding more calories.

Nuts would add a nice crunch. My crowd doesn’t enjoy nuts, but I think pine nuts, pecans, or even pistachios would be delicious.

If you want to make a meal of it, some added protein is nice. Cooked chicken, shrimp, or salmon are all tasty options.

White beans would work as well if you want to keep it meatless.

Bite of peach pasta salad with fresh spinach and a mozzarella pearl on fork.

Frequently Asked Questions

What pasta should I use for pasta salad?

Farfalle (bow-tie pasta) is always fun in pasta salads. But other short shapes also work. Rotini, elbow macaroni, shells, and other bite-sized shapes are good choices.

How do you cook pasta for pasta salad?

Cook the pasta al dente, or just a little bit firm. A minute or two less than the package suggests is good.

Drain the pasta well, then rinse it. That helps to remove extra starch so the pasta doesn’t stick together.

Bowl of peach pasta salad with spinach, ready to eat.

Toss the warm pasta in the dressing, then cover and chill. Allow the pasta to cool completely before adding the mix-ins.

More Great Pasta Salad Recipes

If you are on the lookout for more fun pasta salad recipes, I have more tasty ideas for you. If you like the idea of fruit in your pasta salad, try chicken poppy seed pasta salad with grapes.

BLT pasta salad is another summer favorite and is perfect when tomatoes are in season.

Or try making my enchilada pasta salad. It is loaded with Tex-Mex flavors and is another one that can easily be made into a meal.

Grape orzo salad is another tasty option. It is really fresh and is perfect with grilled meat.

Check out my collection of picnic salad recipes for more yummy inspiration.

Large helping of peach pasta salad with bowtie pasta, peaches, spinach and mozzarella pearls in a homemade dressing.

Peach Pasta Salad

Servings: 8 Servings
Author: Carlee
Peach pasta salad is a perfect summer side dish or a great light lunch. The homemade peach vinaigrette is yummy too. Make an extra batch to use on green salads as well.
4.80 from 10 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 12 ounces Bow Tie Pasta or other small shape
  • 15 ounces can peach slices
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 5 ounces fresh spinach
  • ¼ cup fresh basil optional
  • ½ cup diced sweet onion
  • 8 ounces mozzarella pearls


  • Cook pasta to al dente in salty water. Drain and rinse the pasta.
    12 ounces Bow Tie Pasta
  • While the pasta is cooking drain the can of peaches, but save 1/4 cup of the juice.
    15 ounces can peach slices
  • Add the oil, mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper to the peach juice. Stir to combine.
    ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, 3 Tablespoons Dijon mustard, 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Place cooked pasta in a large mixing bowl. Add dressing and stir to coat. Cover and chill until completely cooled.
  • Roughly chop spinach, basil, and peaches.
    5 ounces fresh spinach, ¼ cup fresh basil, ½ cup diced sweet onion, 8 ounces mozzarella pearls
  • Add diced onion, cheese, spinach, and peaches to the pasta and mix to combine.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.


To make this pasta salad a meal, mix in some cooked chicken, shrimp, or salmon.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 160kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 4gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 325mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Food nutters

Thursday 13th of July 2023

Now this looks great... I have peaches stored for the jam, but I'll steal some to try this out.


Thursday 13th of July 2023

Perfect! I hope you enjoy it!

Leslie Cochran

Friday 7th of July 2023

In your peach pasta salad , what cheese? None mentioned in ingredients.


Friday 7th of July 2023

I used 8 oz. mozzarella pearls, but I think crumbled feta or gorgonzola would be tasty too.

Karen @karenskitchenstories

Sunday 2nd of July 2023

Wow Carlee, this looks sooooo good! Perfect summer recipe.


Monday 3rd of July 2023

Thank you so much!