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Chicken Pasta Salad with Spinach & Tomatoes

This Easy Tomato & Spinach Chicken Pasta Salad is a refreshing simple dinner. It's filled with fresh spinach and tomatoes, seasoned chicken, pasta, and Parmesan cheese. This flavorful salad is great for warm weather gatherings! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Pasta Salad
Servings: 4
Calories: 517kcal
Author: Garnish and Glaze

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breast*
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 8 ounces dry pasta
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 4 ounces baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

For the Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup extra light extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine table salt, or more to taste
  • fresh cracked pepper

Instructions

  • Boiling salted water and cook pasta al dente according to the package. Once done, drain, and then pour into a bowl of ice water to cool it down quickly. Drain off the water and place in a large mixing bowl.
  • While the pasta boils, cook the chicken. Season both sides of chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Cook on a medium-high grill or skillet on both sides until center is 165 degrees F. (About 5 minutes per side, depending on thickness.) Let cool and then slice.
  • Assemble by placing pasta, chicken, tomatoes, and spinach** together in a large bowl. Pour the dressing over the top. Sprinkle on the Parmesan cheese, toss, and serve.

For the Dressing:

  • In a jar or liquid measuring cup, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, Dijon mustard, basil, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Notes

*You can substitute with leftover chicken, rotisserie chicken, or buy precooked grilled chicken.
**If you do not plan to eat the pasta right away, add everything to the bowl EXCEPT the dressing or the spinach. Once the spinach gets wet it will wilt quickly so either keep the dressing in a jar or the spinach in a bag.

NUTRITION

Calories: 517kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 601mg | Potassium: 894mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3378IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 173mg | Iron: 3mg