Gorgonzola Chicken Salad

Rotisserie chicken from the deli is a tried-and-true time-saver. Pick one up on your way home, and this main-dish salad is ready to serve in half an hour. Make it your way with the tasty variation below.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 8

Ingredients

3
cups uncooked bow-tie (farfalle) pasta (8 oz)
2/3
cup buttermilk
1/3
cup light mayonnaise
1
large clove garlic, finely chopped
2
tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/2
teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4
teaspoon salt
1
deli rotisserie chicken (2 lb), shredded (about 4 cups)
2
cups lightly packed fresh baby spinach leaves (about 3 oz)
1
lb fresh strawberries, cut in half
3/4
cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (3 oz)

  • 1 Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Rinse with cold water to cool; drain.
  • 2 In small bowl, slowly beat buttermilk, mayonnaise, garlic, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and salt with whisk until smooth.
  • 3 In large bowl, toss pasta and chicken. Just before serving, pour buttermilk dressing over pasta mixture and toss to combine. Add spinach and toss gently. Spoon salad onto serving platter; top with strawberries and cheese.

Expert Tips

If the strawberries are large, cut into quarters instead of halves.

The dressing can be made up to 1 day ahead; cover and refrigerate. Dress salad just before serving.

Recipe Variation Feta Turkey Salad: Substitute 4 cups cubed or shredded cooked turkey for the chicken and 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese for the Gorgonzola. Add 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion, if desired.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving (1 1/2 Cups)
Calories
320
(
Calories from Fat
90),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
10g
10%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
70mg
70%;
Sodium
640mg
640%;
Total Carbohydrate
31g
31%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
4g
4%
),
Protein
26g
26%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%;
Vitamin C
30%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.