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Healthy Chicken Pasta Salad

Healthy Chicken Pasta Salad loaded with spinach, mandarin oranges, craisins, almonds and parmesan cheese, tossed together with a light and healthy creamy citrus dressing.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 595kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces farfalle pasta white or whole wheat
  • 2 cups cooked chicken , chopped
  • 4 ounces baby spinach leaves , stems removed
  • 11 ounce can mandarin oranges drained
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 green onions , chopped
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds toasted

Dressing:

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons plain Greek yogurts , or mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • Zest and juice from 1 orange
  • Zest and juice from 1 lemon
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Make the dressing by combining all ingredients and whisking until smooth. You could use a blender to get it really smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  • Place the cooled, drained pasta in a large bowl. 
  • Add 1/4 cup of the dressing to the pasta and toss to combine. 
  • Add in the chicken, spinach, mandarin oranges, craisins, green onion, parmesan cheese and toasted almonds. 
  • Drizzle dressing over the top (to taste, you may not want to use it all), and toss everything to combine. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 595kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 565mg | Potassium: 792mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 66.9% | Vitamin C: 37.3% | Calcium: 20.1% | Iron: 14.1%