Healthy Chicken Pasta Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Healthy Chicken Pasta Salad is a spinach salad with penne pasta, grilled chicken, cherry tomatoes, toasted slivered almonds, and a fresh citrus vinaigrette.

Ingredients

  • 1 heaping cup 4 ounces miniature penne pasta measured dry
  • 1 cup prepared chicken leftover marinated and grilled chicken or leftover rotisserie chicken
  • 4 ounces baby spinach stems removed
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds toasted

Dressing

  • 1 large orange 2 teaspoons zest; 4 tablespoons juice
  • 1 large lemon 1/2 teaspoon zest; 2 tablespoons juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard do not use regular
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil vegetable oil or canola oil can also be used
  • Optional: freshly cracked pepper fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to package direction. Drain and then rinse with cold water.
  2. Place the cooled pasta in a large bowl. Add in the spinach and the halved cherry tomatoes.
  3. Briefly warm up and then coarsely chop the leftover grilled chicken. Add to salad and toss to combine.
  4. Lightly toast the almonds over a skillet on medium heat until fragrant. Sprinkle the almonds and feta cheese over the salad.
  5. For the dressing: combine all of the ingredients together except for the oil in a blender. Blend until all ingredients are well incorporated. Slowly add in the oil in a steady stream and pulse until combined.
  6. Toss the salad with the dressing (to taste; you may not want/need all of it) and enjoy.

  7. ONLY toss what you plan on eating as the dressing makes the spinach "soggy" for leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Chicken Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 324 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 1723mg72%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Sugar 54g60%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 211IU4%
Calcium 247mg25%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.