Chicken, Artichoke and Asparagus Salad

    1 hour 40 minutes

    Chicken, artichoke and asparagus are combined with bacon, elbow pasta and dried cranberries in this tasty salad.

    12 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • 6 rashers bacon
    • 10 asparagus spears, ends trimmed
    • 250g rotini, elbow or penne pasta
    • 3 tablespoons low fat mayonnaise
    • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing
    • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 185g marinated artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely diced
    • 1 cooked chicken breast, cubed
    • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
    • 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds
    • 1 pinch salt and pepper, to taste

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:1hour marinating  ›  Ready in:1hour40min 

    1. Place bacon in a large, deep frypan. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.
    2. Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a 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 2cm pieces.
    3. 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.
    4. Stir together mayonnaise, balsamic vinaigrette, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce in a large bowl. Fold in artichoke, chicken, cranberries, almonds, crumbled bacon and asparagus. Season to taste with salt and pepper then fold 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 USA and 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 USA and 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 USA and Canada)