Spinach Chicken Pasta Salad


Spinach Chicken Pasta Salad

I am a believer in having simple ingredients shine in my dishes.  I think it comes from my Portuguese background.  The Portuguese don’t cook with heavy sauces or fancy dressing.  Their food is very simple and that simplicity lets the natural beauty and flavors in food truly shine.

This recipe for Spinach Chicken Pasta Salad is so easy and simple.  Unlike most Pasta Salads, it doesn’t have a heavy dressing.  It really doesn’t have a dressing at all.  Just a light coating of olive oil and goat cheese is enough to let the other beautiful ingredients shine in this salad.

The Spinach Chicken Pasta salad truly becomes a super star with the addition of fresh red onions, sweet summer corn and simple sea salt.  Simplicity at it’s best!

Corn and Spinach

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Spinach Chicken Pasta Salad #SundaySupper

Number of servings: 10

Per Serving 327 calories

Fat 12 g

Carbs 38 g

Protein 17 g


Spinach Chicken Pasta Salad #SundaySupper


  • 1 pound Pasta (I love to use Sea Shells but elbows or bowties also work well)
  • 2 cups fresh Spinach
  • 2 ounces Goat Cheese
  • 4 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 pound Chicken breast or 4 Chicken Tenderloins, chopped (I used 4 grilled tenderloins left over from the previous nights meal)
  • 3/4 cup of Corn Kernels (approximately 2 ears) frozen corn can be substituted
  • 2 tablespoons Red Onion, finely chopped
  • Sea Salt & fresh Ground Pepper to taste


  1. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil.
  2. Salt boiling water.
  3. Stir in Pasta and return to boiling.
  4. Boil 10 to 12 minutes until Pasta is al dente.
  5. Lightly drain pasta and immediately add the pasta to a bowl. You want the pasta to still be "wet."
  6. Immediately add the Spinach, Goat Cheese.
  7. The heat from the Pasta, will wilt the Spinach and melt the Goat Cheese.
  8. Add the Olive Oil and continue to stir until well blended and the pasta and spinach are well coated with the Goat Cheese.
  9. Add the Chicken, Corn and Red Onion and mix well.
  10. Season with Sea Salt & fresh Ground Pepper.
  11. This salad is delicious served warm or can go in the refrigerator and served corn.
  12. Either way, it is fabulous!.

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Nicole June 30, 2013 at 8:12 am

Oh goodness, this looks DELICIOUS! I love that you lightened it up without the mayo… and made a simple dressing instead. It just looks so good!


Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers June 30, 2013 at 9:13 am

Your pasta salad looks incredible! What a great idea! I just love it!!


Jen @JuanitasCocina June 30, 2013 at 10:21 am

I have been drooling over this since I saw your pics on instagram. This is perfection!


Renee June 30, 2013 at 10:37 am

So true how great simple ingredients is all you need for a fabulous salad or any recipe for that matter. Love the brightness and lightness of this pasta. I bet it even gets better the next day and the day after (if it lasts that long).


Heather @girlichef June 30, 2013 at 10:52 am

The simple beauty of the ingredients definitely shine through in this pasta salad, Isabel! I will take one giant helping, please.


Conni @FoodieArmyWife June 30, 2013 at 11:18 am

We love chicken pasta salad around here. I love the addition of the greens – it is so much healthier and summery :)


Courtney @ Neighborfood June 30, 2013 at 11:25 am

I’m trying to cook more this way too. Buy really fresh, local ingredients and they don’t need a lot of dressing up to be delicious. Thanks for the inspiration!


Shannon @VillageGirlBlog June 30, 2013 at 11:43 am

Olive oil and goat cheese is fabulous! Love it as the dressing in this beautiful salad. So pretty! Yum!!


Kim@Treats & Trinkets June 30, 2013 at 12:11 pm

You had me at goat cheese and olive oil. I love how light and simple this is!


Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) June 30, 2013 at 12:58 pm

I never met a pasta salad I didn’t love…and this one looks so refreshing! Love the addition of chicken to make it a light Summer dinner on its own!!


Tara June 30, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Love this lightened up pasta salad, so full of wonderful ingredients!!! Yummy!!


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes June 30, 2013 at 1:31 pm

I live on this type of recipe, pasta with some cheese and greens. Add corn and I might eat it for days. Lovely recipe Isabel!


Liz June 30, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Chock full of simple, but delicious ingredients! It must taste amazing!


Soni June 30, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Perfect recipe for a summer bbq party :) Love goat’s cheese and the spinach gives a lovely color to the dish :) Would love to try it Isabel!


Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons June 30, 2013 at 4:59 pm

I couldn’t agree more – I love lightly dressed pasta. It’s weird to some people, but I like actually being able to taste the pasta itself, along with the rest of the ingredients. I love this combination of flavors – I think I’ll be giving this a try for the 4th!


Jennie @themessybakerblog June 30, 2013 at 5:48 pm

I believe that simplicity allows the food to really shine. Over complicating a dish just masks the flavors of the ingredients. This salad is perfection!


The Ninja Baker June 30, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Spinach and goat cheese are like Astaire and Ginger dancing on a stage of pasta! Simply divine =)


Katie July 1, 2013 at 9:36 am

I love that this pasta salad doesn’t have a heavy dressing – those usually turn me off big time! And you have goat cheese involved in this one? Count me in!!!!!


Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere July 1, 2013 at 10:49 am

I love pasta salad in the summer. The flavors in here sound amazing!


Katy July 1, 2013 at 4:10 pm

I love the simplicity of this dish – you have chosen some wonderful flavours which should be allowed to shine!


Debra Elliott July 1, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Yummy! I love spinach. Thanks for stopping by my blog.


Nancy @ gottagetbaked July 1, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Isabel, there’s only one word that comes to mind here:YUMMMMM!!! Simplicity IS the best and here, every delicious ingredient gets the hence to shine. I wish I old come o a barbecue at your house! One of these days I’m going to party crash ;)


Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba) July 2, 2013 at 9:41 am

Was never a fan of pasta salad but I’m LOVING this one


Diana @EatMoveShine July 2, 2013 at 2:01 pm

I’m with you in using simple ingredients and letting them shine. This is a PERFECT salad!!! I love the flavors, and that it’s all held together with olive oil and goat cheese… absolute perfection!


Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom July 3, 2013 at 6:32 pm

what a fabulous pasta salad! Love the addition of the corn and spinach, yumm!!!


Cindys Recipes and Writings July 4, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Love that you added spinach to this, Isabel!


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