This Cold Chicken Spinach Pasta Salad is the perfect easy cold meal prep idea or a dish for a potluck!

This Cold Chicken Spinach Pasta Salad is the perfect easy cold meal prep idea or a dish for a potluck!

No Heat Meal Prep

At work, we have a microwave that cannot be on while the toaster oven is on. Usually, I don’t really care about waiting those few extra minutes but sometimes I am HUN.GR.Y. so those extra minutes are precious!

Plus with the potluck work parties, I don’t want to waste time waiting for a microwave and making sure the entire pasta dish is heated all the way through for the party. So here I am, with a delicious solution! 

This cold chicken spinach pasta salad is so easy to make plus it’s a great base for a variety of pasta salads. The chicken can be swapped out with chickpeas to make this pasta salad vegetarian and other vegetables such as cucumbers, peppers, and etc can be added to the pasta salad to change it up! 

Related: Want more cold lunch recipes ideas? Try this Peach Quinoa Salad, Cold Chicken Pasta with Broccoli and Peas, and Mango Chili Lime Chicken Meal Prep! 

This Cold Chicken Spinach Pasta Salad is the perfect easy cold meal prep idea or a dish for a potluck!

What You’ll Need to Make This Chicken Pasta Salad Meal Prep

  • pasta
  • shredded chicken
  • spinach
  • my homemade creamy roasted garlic dressing (or dressing of your choice)
  • optional: chili flakes to top

Tips for making this pasta salad perfectly 

  • Pasta, if tossed in dressing when warm, will soak up all the dressing and become dry and gummy. To avoid this, shock the pasta once it’s done cooking in ice water to get it cold fast (and avoid the pasta from sticking together while you wait for it to cool).
  • Pasta salad get better with time! After mixing the pasta salad, chill it for at least 30 minutes before serving. 
  • Pasta salad keeps well in the fridge for at least five days, so it can be made in advance.
  • I use these Glasslock square airtight containers to store the meal preps.

How To Make This Pasta Salad

  • Following the direction on your box of pasta, cook pasta until al dente.
  • Cook your chicken breasts in your method of choice and shred it before setting it aside.
  • Once your pasta is almost done, prep a bowl of ice water to shock your pasta.
  • In a large bowl, toss together your spinach, shredded chicken, pasta, with creamy roasted garlic dressing (or a dressing of your choice).
  • Let chill before serving.

This Cold Chicken Spinach Pasta Salad is the perfect easy cold meal prep idea or a dish for a potluck!

This Cold Chicken Spinach Pasta Salad is the perfect easy cold meal prep idea or a dish for a potluck!


Cold Chicken Spinach Pasta Salad

This Cold Chicken Spinach Pasta Salad is the perfect easy cold meal prep idea or a dish for a potluck!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Meal Prep
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Carmy

Ingredients

  • 3 cups pasta
  • 2 chicken breasts shredded
  • 5 ounces spinach
  • 3-4 tbsp creamy roasted garlic dressing or dressing of your choice
  • optional: chili flakes to top

Instructions

  • Following the direction on your box of pasta, cook pasta until al dente.
  • Cook your chicken breasts in your method of choice and shred it before setting it aside.
  • Once your pasta is almost done, prep a bowl of ice water to shock your pasta.
  • In a large bowl, toss together your spinach, shredded chicken, pasta, with creamy roasted garlic dressing (or a dressing of your choice).
  • Let chill before serving.
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RESOURCES AND TIPS FOR MEAL PREPPING

  • How To Cook Chicken Breasts Perfectly
  • What Is An Instant Pot
  • Tips To Help You Meal Prep For The Week Successfully
  • Meal Prep Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mealprepsupport/

More Salad Recipes to Try

  • Quinoa Chicken Spinach Nergi Bowl 
  • Chicken Pepperoni Pasta Salad
  • Quinoa Salad with Honey Garlic Sriracha Chicken
  • One Pot Beef Tomato Basil Spinach Pasta with a side of Strawberry and Cashew Salad
  • Healthy Chicken Mason Jar Salad

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Email: carmy@carmyy.com