Chicken Pasta Salad With Spinach

Anne Lawton
by Anne Lawton
4 servings
25 min

This chicken pasta salad recipe is a simple and filling dinner salad that's made with chicken, fresh baby spinach, and pasta dressed in an Asian-inspired dressing. Serve it at room temperature or chilled. It's the perfect way to use up leftover chicken.

Chicken pasta salad is so easy to make! Cook the pasta, rinse the spinach, mix up the dressing and put it all together.

Bring this versatile salad to your next potluck. It can easily be made ahead of time and is easy to take along with you.

Pasta spinach salad, is the perfect one-dish meal

This salad is made with fresh ingredients!

Baby spinach adds fresh flavor to this delicious salad

Chicken Pasta Salad With Spinach
Recipe details
  • 4  servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 25 min
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  • 2 tablespoons tamari sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons cup rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 Garlic Clove, Crushed
  • 4 ounces uncooked whole wheat pasta such as fusilli, rotini, shells, penne or bowties
  • 1 ½ cups shredded chicken or ¾ pound boneless chicken breast.
  • 4 green onions, diced
  • 6 ounces of baby spinach
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sesame seeds

Cook the pasta according to package directions
While pasta is cooking combine the dressing ingredients (tamari sauce through crushed garlic clove) in a small jar and shake well, or add the ingredients to a small bowl and whisk with a fork.
Place the cooked and drained pasta into a bowl, add the chicken, onions and spinach.
Pour the dressing over salad, sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve at room temperature or place in the refrigerator until it's time to serve.
  • Substitutes:
  • Fresh ginger with ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • Garlic clove with ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Rice wine vinegar with an equal amount of apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar.
  • Tamari Sauce with an equal amount of soy sauce or coconut aminos.
  • Make it Vegetarian: Replace the chicken with a 14-ounce block of tofu that has been drained, brushed with olive oil cut into cubes; roast at 375 for 20 minutes.
  • Make it Gluten-Free - Replace whole wheat pasta with gluten-free pasta and use gluten-free tamari sauce.
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