Loved it! We liked everything about this salad. I used mini rotini pasta and I had Roma tomatoes on hand, that was my only substitution. I mixed everything up and let the ingredients marry for about 30 minutes before serving. The avocado adds a lot of flavor and texture to this salad, so don’t be tempted to leave it out. We thought a little onion would add additional flavor to this salad. I served this with ‘Biscuits with Blue Cheese’ from AR and we had a delicious meal. Thanks, Lane J for sharing your recipe, it is a keeper. I’m always looking for a complete and satisfying one dish meal during the hot summer months that is not only appealing to the eye but to the taste buds as well. This recipe is faultless. The combination of flavors marries well without competing with each other and the different textures add to the complexity. I’m delighted this was selected for the Recipe Group because I may not have noticed this recipe, thus missing a dish that will be a regular in my summer meal rotation.
8 ounces corkscrew-shaped pasta
3/4 cup Italian-style salad dressing
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 cups chopped, cooked rotisserie chicken
12 slices crispy cooked bacon, crumbled
1 cup cubed Muenster cheese
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
8 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
1 avocado – peeled, pitted, and chopped
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.
Whisk Italian-style dressing and mayonnaise together in a large bowl. Stir pasta, chicken, bacon, Muenster cheese, celery, green bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, and avocado into dressing until evenly coated.