Monday, May 12, 2008

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

Thanks to the food blog My Kitchen Cafe, I have another great recipe. The reason I enjoyed this recipe is that it was 1)super easy 2)very light but filling 3)TASTY!!!!

Chicken Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Spinach and Bacon

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

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. Add about ½ to ¾ of the mayonnaise and vinegar mixture. Toss to combine. Add more dressing if the salad seems dry.

****We thought it needed a little somethin' somethin' so we put parmesan cheese on it and it was exactly what it needed! I served it with garlic bread. I also let it chill for about 1/2 hour before serving.