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Chicken Pasta Salad with Spinach, Peaches, Tomatoes, Mozzarella, and Prosciutto in a white bowl
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Chicken Pasta Salad with Spinach and Peaches

This Chicken Pasta Salad features a ton of fresh ingredients, such as peaches, spinach, and tomatoes. The vinaigrette-based dressing is made completely from scratch, without any mayonnaise. This recipe comes together in 30 minutes and is made a little bit healthier with the addition of fresh veggies and fruit! Enjoy it year-round, bring it to picnics, cookouts, and barbecues!
Course Salad
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Keyword chicken pasta salad, peach pasta salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 756kcal
Author Julia

Ingredients

Ingredients you need to cook

  • 3 oz Prosciutto
  • 8 oz fusilli spiral pasta or use rotini, farfalle (bow-tie), penne, or rigatoni

Chicken

  • 1 lb chicken thighs skinless, boneless
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Salad Dressing

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ whole lemon - juice freshly squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Fresh Salad Ingredients

  • 2 yellow peaches medium size
  • 5 oz red cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes
  • 5 oz yellow cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes
  • 8 oz fresh Mozzarella cheese (pearls - small balls)
  • 5 oz spinach fresh
  • chives or green onions, chopped, for garnish

Instructions

Cook Prosciutto

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spread Prosciutto in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  • Toast for about 10 minutes or more until crispy. Remove from oven.
  • Proceed with the rest of the recipe, while the oven is getting preheated and while you crisp up the prosciutto.

Cook pasta

  • Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add pasta and cook pasta al dente according to the package instructions.
  • Proceed with the rest of the recipe while the pasta is cooking.
  • When the pasta is done, drain. Keep the drained pasta in the same pot where you cooked it.

Cook chicken

  • Generously season the chicken thighs with Italian seasoning, chili powder, salt, and freshly ground black pepper. 
  • Heat an empty cast-iron skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes. This allows the cast-iron skillet to heat through. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add chicken thighs. Cook the chicken on medium heat for 5 minutes on one side, without moving it.
  • Flip the chicken thighs over, reduce heat to low-medium, and cook for about 5 more minutes or longer on the other side, undisturbed, until it's cooked through. The meat thermometer should register 165°F (74°C) in the thickest part of the chicken. Remove from heat.
  • Slice chicken thinly.

Make salad dressing

  • Combine all salad dressing ingredients in a mason jar. Whisk well with a spoon, until emulsified.

Salad assembly

  • Wash, core, and slice yellow peaches into wedges.
  • Slice each cherry (or grape) tomato in half.
  • In a pot where you cooked the pasta, combine warm, cooked, and drained pasta together with the salad dressing. Mix well.
  • Add sliced peaches, cherry tomatoes, Mozzarella cheese, spinach, and crispy Prosciutto. Toss to combine.
  • Note: If you like your pasta salad a bit warm, reheat gently and briefly without adding spinach first. Add spinach off heat to the salad right before serving.
  • When serving, top each individual portion with thinly sliced cooked chicken and chopped chives (or green onions).

Nutrition

Calories: 756kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 27g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 487mg | Potassium: 659mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 2888IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 265mg | Iron: 3mg