Spinach Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad Recipe

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Spinach Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad Recipe

If you have ever been to whole foods it is highly likely you have tried their yummy Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad recipe. It is definitely one of the guilty pleasures that we must buy each time we visit. Well, I decided to research this fantastic summer pasta salad and what I found was it was published in a Whole Foods Recipe book many years ago!

There are tons of reviews, tips, and tricks for this pasta salad. I researched and read everything everyone came up with and I created the perfect match of the store-bought version! My trusty pasta taster daughter said she was so proud of me that I recreated her fav side dish perfectly! So if that isn’t enough encouragement to try this recipe then I don’t know what is! Here is our version of this popular pasta salad dish. Enjoy!

Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad

Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Creamy summer pasta salad with smoked mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Mixed with fresh baby spinach and a light parmesan dressing. 


  • 16 oz organic rigatoni pasta
  • 9 oz roasted bell pepper strips, Jeff's Garden Brand, 3/4 of a 12 oz Jar,
  • 8 oz smoked mozzarella, cubed
  • 2.5 oz shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 oz organic white wine vinegar
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or more as needed
  • 5.5 oz organic light mayo, Whole Foods 365 brand, use 1/2 of 11.2 oz container
  • 4 oz fresh baby spinach
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley
  • salt & pepper (optional)


  1. Boil water in a large saucepan and cook rigatoni as directed. Rinse, drain and run cold water over noodles to cool and chill the pasta.
  2. Prepare spinach for blanching. See instructions below. 
  3. Whisk together in a large bowl (big enough to hold pasta salad), vinegar, garlic, parsley, cayenne pepper, and light mayo. Spinach Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad Recipe 32
  4. Add rigatoni noodles, spinach, peppers, smoked mozzarella, and parmesan cheese. Toss with a large spoon until blended. 
  5. Chill for 30 min to 1 hour. Tossing every 15 minutes to blend. Serve as a side dish with your favorite summer meal! 

How to Blanch Spinach

  1. Bring water to a rolling boil in a medium saucepan. 
  2. Add spinach to water and submerge for 1 minute. Spinach Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad Recipe 33
  3. Drain spinach and rise with cold water. 
  4. Place spinach in a stack of two paper towels. Wrap with paper towels and squeeze the water out of spinach. Spinach Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad Recipe 34
  5. Unwrap spinach and set aside. 


  • All ingredients in this recipe were bought at Whole Foods or online at Amazon. See links in the recipe or order online. See Amazon deal below. Smoked mozzarella is in the fine cheese section of the store. 
  • You can put the noodles into the refrigerator to chill before adding ingredients. Be careful, if you do not chill the noodles the cheeses will melt.
  • I did not add salt or black pepper and it tasted perfect to us. Add the extra seasoning if you feel you need it. Enjoy! 

Recipe inspired by the Whole Foods Cookbook

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  1. 6.8.20
    Wendy and The Boys said:

    This is IT!!! My three teenage boys kept asking me to make it again, even while they were eating a full bowl of it. I love Love LOVE Whole Foods’ smoked mozzarella pasta salad, and this is so close I want to jump for joy. I switched out the cayenne for 1 oz of Sriracha, because we all love Sriracha in our house, and it was pleasantly spicy. I used 16 oz of penne pasta, and I roughly chopped a 6 oz bag of raw baby spinach before I put it under the warm pasta to wilt after draining the water from the pot. Perfect! I used a full 12 oz jar of deli-sliced roasted red peppers. Next time I might add a little more light mayo and vinegar to give it a bit more moisture. Even still, this was AMAZING. I prefer this pasta unchilled, so if I’m having leftovers I pop it in the microwave for 45 seconds or so. I think it makes the flavor of the smoked mozzarella really come out. I can’t thank you enough for this fabulous recipe. Cheers to you!

  2. 5.4.20
    Teri Vieth said:

    I made it this way the first time and while I liked it, there was way too much pasta. Trying to make this somewhat of a vegetable serving (as well as starch side dish), I use the 8 oz recommended by the original recipe. I also use 1 oz sriracha instead of the cayenne (as they were doing in my 365 store). I found the spinach to mushy when blanched. I put the spinach (and used 8 oz to kick up the nutrients) in the pan after draining the pasta and put the warm pasta on top and let that sit while I was making the rest of the recipe. This spinach was slightly was just slightly wilted which made a more pleasing texture and it distributed better. I also used a whole jar (12 oz) of the roasted red peppers because it was there. Now I am really pleased with the results.

    • 5.4.20

      Nice tips Teri, I think I will try the pasta over spinach method next time. The pasta I used is really large and I didn’t have a problem with it being too much. If you use a smaller pasta 8 oz would be fine to use.

  3. 9.3.19
    JoKing said:

    The smoked mozzarella pasta salad sounds marvelous!

  4. 6.23.19
    Erlene said:

    When anything gets a thumbs up from the kids, it’s a winner. Pinned.

  5. 5.10.19

    This looks really tasty! Perfect for upcoming summer picnics and BBQ’s!