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Balsamic Chicken Pasta Salad

I love all the colors and flavors of this quick and easy dish and serve it often in summer, to the delight of my guests! You can't beat the combination of Gorgonzola and bacon. Leftover grilled shrimp makes a tasty substitute for chicken. —Terry McCarty, Oro Grande, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked bow tie pasta
  • 4 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water; transfer to a large bowl. Add the chicken, tomatoes, onion, bacon and Gorgonzola cheese.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the oil, basil, vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, salt and pepper. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cup: 408 calories, 20g fat (5g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 323mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 28g protein.

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  • Reva15
    Oct 3, 2019

    This recipe was Great!! I switched up the ingredients a little (added a few more veggies), but overall it was great! Definitely going to be making it again. Next time with less or no sugar, since some of the veggies are sweet enough -I didn't need any extra sugar. But this was great!

  • chris
    Aug 2, 2019

    Absolutely delicious. I used mini bow tie pasta. Also used Italian cheese blend for cheese.nobody in my family likes the other. Flavors were great. Made a little more dressing as I used a whole 16 oz. box pasta. Makes a lot, but was all gone at our family get-together. Everyone wanted the recipe. Thanks so much for posting.

  • cedwards59
    Jul 6, 2016

    I loved everything about this salad except the amount of brown sugar in the dressing. Will cut it in half next time. I really enjoyed the tang of the balsamic vinegar and feel about half as much sugar would allow for an even balance of sweetness and tanginess. I will happily share this recipe with friends and family, as it is not the average run of the mill pasta salad! Very Good!

  • cbenne12
    Oct 23, 2015

    This was fabulous! Will definitely be making this again and again. I will say, it was better warm than cold.

  • sjmdam
    Aug 16, 2015

    very good light refreshing summer salad.. we enjoyed it!

  • Dilli
    Jul 10, 2015

    Do you use the mini bow tie or the regular size? I tried the regular and they seemed a little too large. The salad was delicious and very definite one for a summer dish. Everyone liked it.

  • NDachshund2
    Jul 29, 2013

    This recipe was light and great for a warm summer night as the main meal.

  • Punkyjoe81
    Jul 22, 2013

    We loved this pasta salad! My husband raved about it even though he isn't a huge fan of gorgonzola. He requested I make extra next time so he can bring it to work for lunch!

  • blue_eyes998
    Jul 9, 2013

    This was delightful! I swapped and doubled feta for Gorgonzola, and threw in some sugar snap peas from the garden which was a great addition. This recipe's a keeper.

  • joycerm53
    Jul 7, 2013

    This is delicious! It is quick and easy, and my family loves it! I love to make it ahead and bring it to the lake for that first dinner after we arrive and get settled. Simple and Delicious!