Chicken Club Pasta Salad

by Sheryl

Chicken Club Pasta Salad in a creamy home-made ranch dressing is a tasty, satisfying, chilled salad with rotini pasta, ham, bacon, tomato, cheese, etc. This delicious Chicken Club Ranch Pasta Salad is the perfect hot summer evening meal. In it are all your favorite club toppings, such as bacon, ham, cheddar, tomatoes, and avocado.

The preparation for this recipe can be done in advance that makes it a perfect weekend meal. The creamy dressing for this cold pasta salad is homemade and you’ll probably have a bit of leftover to it. It is delicious as a veggie dip or salad dressing (and tastes so much better than a ranch purchased from the store. I think this Chicken Club Pasta Salad is one of the first things that comes to mind when I think of a simpler and easier recipe to cook when I feel like eating healthier foods on a busy day.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves: 6

Ingredients:

8 ounces corkscrew-shaped pasta
3/4 cup Italian-style salad dressing
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 cups chopped, cooked rotisserie chicken
12 slices crispy cooked bacon, crumbled
1 cup cubed Muenster cheese
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
8 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
(1) avocado – peeled, pitted, and chopped

Directions:

1. Put to a boil a large pot of lightly salted water. Cook pasta in boiling water, stirring occasionally to the bite, 10 to 12 minutes, until cooked but firm. Rinse under cold water and drain.

2. Whisk the dressing and mayonnaise in Italian style together in a big bowl. Stir in the dressing sauce, chicken, bacon, Muenster cheese, celery, green bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, and avocado until evenly coated.

Tip:

If salad is made early in the day, add ample salad dressing to coat all ingredients lightly, stir, then cover the dish and refrigerate until ready to serve. Add a more salad dressing to taste at serving time.

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