Close up of Pasta Salad with Chicken and Sun Dried Tomato
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Pasta Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Chicken

Recipe video above. A big, juicy pasta salad! You'll absolutely adore the dressing - it's made using the flavoured oil from the jar of sun dried tomatoes. I use rotisserie chicken here for convenience. Terrific served warm or at room temp. 
Servings: 5 - 6 people
Calories: 602kcal
Author: Nagi

Ingredients

  • 375 g / 12 oz spiral pasta , or other pasta of choice
  • 220 g / 7 oz jar sun dried tomato strips in oil
  • 2 cups (packed) shredded cooked chicken
  • 250 g / 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes , halved
  • 75 g / 2.5 oz baby spinach (2 big handfuls)
  • 1 small red onion, quartered and finely sliced
  • 1 tsp mixed dried herbs (Note 1)
  • 100 g / 3 oz feta, crumbled

Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup / 85 ml oil from sun dried tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove , minced
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 1 tsp mixed dried herbs (Note 1)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Drain oil from the jar of sun dried tomatoes.
  • Measure out 1/3 cup of the oil, top with extra virgin olive oil if short. Reserve excess oil for another purpose.
  • Add remaining Dressing ingredients. Mix well.
  • Cook pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water per packet directions.
  • Drain, then rinse briefly under cold water. Leave to cool.
  • Transfer into large bowl. Add spinach, chicken, tomato, onion, pour over Dressing.
  • Toss well, sprinkle with dried herbs, toss again.
  • Just before serving, sprinkle with crumbled feta. Best served at room temperature.

Notes

1. I use store bought Mixed Herbs. Otherwise, my standard combination is equal parts thyme, oregano, parsley, basil, plus a pinch of rosemary (not too much of this), or adjust quantities of any of these based on what you have.
2. Storage - tastes even better the next day! Best brought to room temp. Can also place all ingredients in bowl, refrigerate, then toss together.
3. You could skip the chicken and add something else in it's place, such as: artichokes, asparagus, olives, char grilled peppers, avocado.
4. Serves 5 - 6 as a meal, 8 - 10 as a side. Nutrition is for 6 servings.

Nutrition

Calories: 602kcal