Chicken and bacon pasta salad

    1 hour 40 min

    An easy salad, which is packed full of delicious flavours and textures. Pasta is tossed with bacon, chicken, asparagus, cranberries and almonds in a tangy dressing.

    13 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • 6 rashers streaky bacon
    • 10 spears asparagus, ends trimmed
    • 225g pasta
    • 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise
    • 3 tablespoons balsamic salad dressing
    • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 125g marinated artichoke hearts, coarsely chopped
    • 1 cooked chicken breast, cubed
    • 4 tablespoons dried cranberries
    • 4 tablespoons toasted flaked almonds
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:1hr chilling  ›  Ready in:1hr40min 

    1. Place bacon in a large, deep frying pan. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.
    2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add asparagus and cook until tender, about 1 minute. Strain asparagus out of water and immediately plunge into a bowl filled with ice water; let sit in ice water until completely cold, then cut into 2.5cm pieces. Next, add pasta to boiling water and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain, rinse with cold water until chilled, then drain well.
    3. Stir together mayonnaise, balsamic vinaigrette, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce in a large bowl. Toss in artichokes, chicken, cranberries, almonds, crumbled bacon and asparagus. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then mix in cooked pasta. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

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    This was delicious great for leftovers the next day as well! Didn't use as much dressing as the recipe called for, think if I had used the entire amount it would have been an overpowering taste.  -  25 Apr 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Always looking for different, creative and delicious recipes and this one is fabulous. Guests witih discriminating tastes raved about this salad at the recent graduation celebration celebration of my son. Bravo Laurie!!FYI - The flavor of the marinated artichoke hearts is key - found the very best ones at Costco.  -  27 May 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    The ingredients are all items we like, but the dressing needs to be changed. I don't know if it was the worchestershire, but did not care for it. It almost needs some type of sweetness or something. Any suggestions?  -  26 Jul 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)