Pasta Salad With Chicken and Spinach

Pasta Salad With Chicken and Spinach
Pasta Salad With Chicken and Spinach. Photo: Diana Rattray
  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: Servings 4 to 6
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This chicken, spinach, and pasta salad is dressed with a flavorful mayonnaise and lemon juice dressing. This is a great main dish salad for hot summer days.

Use cooked leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken for this tasty salad recipe. The recipe is very forgiving, so feel free to change some of the ingredients to suit your taste. Spinach can be replaced with arugula or baby kale, and the onion can be omitted if you aren't a fan. Use turkey or ham instead or chicken.

What You'll Need

  • 8 ounces fusilli or rotini pasta
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped spinach
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 8 to 12 small grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 medium clove garlic, finely minced
  • 2 to 3 cups coarsely chopped chicken
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon or a favorite gourmet mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf basil
  • salt, to taste

How to Make It

  1. Cook the pasta in boiling salted water following the package directions; drain and rinse well.
  2. Toss the cooled and drained pasta with the spinach, red bell pepper, tomato halves, onion, garlic, and chicken.
  3. Combine 1 cup of the mayonnaise with wine vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, pepper, and basil.
  4. Toss the dressing mixture with the pasta mixture. Add more mayonnaise, if needed. Taste and add salt, as needed.
  1. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving time for best flavor.

Serves 4 to 6.

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