Pasta Chicken Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Spinach and Bacon

pasta salad with spinach and tomatoes mixed in

How’s that for a lengthy recipe name? All the elements of this salad were so delicious, I didn’t want to leave any out in the description.

This was the creation after I made the Chicken and White Bean Stew and had leftover chicken, bacon and spinach. It turned out fantastic!

Talk about a fast, easy but incredibly filling and delectable meal.

pasta salad with macaroni noodles and spinach and tomatoes mixed in

It made great leftovers,too, and everyone in my family gobbled it up.

Pasta Chicken Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Spinach and Bacon

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
pasta salad with spinach and tomatoes mixed in

Ingredients

  • 5 strips bacon, fried and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 3-4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 lb tube pasta (I used Cellentani), cooked, drained and cooled to room temperature
  • 1 lb chicken, cooked and shredded (I used ½ of a rotisserie chicken)
  • 4 cups fresh spinach leaves, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (I used oil-packed, if using dry, plump them in hot water before using)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Place the mayonnaise and balsamic vinegar in a small bowl. Whisk well. In a large bowl, combine pasta, bacon, green onions, shredded chicken, spinach leaves and sun-dried tomatoes. Toss lightly.
  2. Add about ½ to ¾ of the mayonnaise and vinegar mixture. Toss to combine. Add more dressing if the salad seems dry.

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