Balsamic Chicken, Spinach and Tomato Pasta Salad
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Balsamic Chicken, Spinach and Tomato Pasta Salad

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Have you ever marinaded something so good the meal becomes a family favorite that very night? This pasta salad just might make that cut.

The fresh spinach, basil, tomatoes and bell peppers really hit the spot, but the star of this show is definitely the chicken flavored with Newman’s Own Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing. Have a taste and see what we mean!

Serves: 8

Prep Time 15 min

Cook Time 30 min

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Ingredients

  • 1 (20-ounce) package cheese tortellini
  • 1 pound skinned and boned chicken breasts, cooked and diced
  • 1 ½ cups Newman’s Own® Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
  • 1 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 cups firmly packed fresh spinach, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups fresh cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup diced yellow bell pepper

Directions

1

Place chicken in a zip-lock bag and pour 1 cup of balsamic vinaigrette in bag with chicken. Marinate for at least 2 hours, but best if marinated overnight. Take chicken out of zip-lock bag and discard marinade.

2

In a grill pan, grill chicken breasts, about 5 to 6 minutes on each side until cooked through. Place yellow bell pepper slices in grill pan and grill about 2 minutes on each side.

3

Whisk together balsamic vinaigrette and mustard in a small bowl.

4

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Spread pasta in a single layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil. Let cool 10 minutes.

5

Toss together pasta, chicken, balsamic mixture, spinach, and remaining 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Serve immediately, or, if desired, cover and chill 1 hour before serving.

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