Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad Bowls

Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad Bowls

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From: EatingWell.com, June 2019

Pasta salad is a classic summer side dish, but adding protein (leftover grilled chicken is perfect here) and extra greens makes it a super-satisfying lunch. We use baby spinach, but arugula or baby kale works too. Top with a bright and tangy basil vinaigrette just before serving. The great news is that these easy meal-prep lunches take just 20 minutes to prepare—that's 4 days of lunches in less than 30 minutes.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 8 ounces whole-grain rotini
  • 1 (5 ounce) package baby spinach (about 6 cups)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast
  • 1 cup pearl-size or mini mozzarella balls (about 4 ounces)
  • ½ cup Basil Vinaigrette (see Associated Recipes)

Preparation

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  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook rotini according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold running water, then drain again and set aside.
  2. Divide spinach among 4 single-serving lidded containers. Top each with 1 cup of the cooked pasta, ½ cup tomatoes, ½ cup chicken and one-fourth of the mozzarella balls.
  3. Divide vinaigrette among 4 small lidded containers and refrigerate.
  4. Seal the salad containers and refrigerate for up to 4 days. Dress with the vinaigrette just before serving.
  • To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 4 days.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 container
  • Per serving: 514 calories; 19 g fat(5 g sat); 7 g fiber; 49 g carbohydrates; 36 g protein; 86 mcg folate; 80 mg cholesterol; 6 g sugars; 2 g added sugars; 4,388 IU vitamin A; 21 mg vitamin C; 234 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 299 mg sodium; 802 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (88% daily value), Vitamin C (35% dv), Calcium (23% dv), Folate (22% dv), Iron (22% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 3 lean protein, 2½ starch, 1½ fat, 1 medium-fat protein, 1 vegetable

Reviews 1

August 06, 2019
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By: Becky
I love how fast these bowls come together. The flavors mingle together so deliciously. Lunch perfection.
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