I will never make pasta salad with Italian dressing again

After eating this. Holy crap it’s good.

Chicken, Avacado and Bacon Pasta Salad

1 lb whole wheat pasta, cooked and drained
2 avacadoes, diced
1 head broccoli, diced and steamed
4 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 cucumber, seeded and diced (or zucchini quartered and slightly cooked in a pan)
1/2 red onion, diced
1 lb cooked and chopped bacon
2 cooked chicken breasts, shredded or cubed
3/4 C cheese (cubed muenster, goat, whatever floats your boat)
I also happened to have cubed, cooked yams on hand and it was a fabulous addition for some sweet in this salty and mustardy dish.

Dressing (I thought this would be too much but it’s not!)
1 Tb dijion mustard
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 tsp salt
3/4 C red wine vinegar
3/4 C extra virgin olive oil

1. Whisk together dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Combine salad ingredients in large bowl and pour dressing over the top. Toss well to combine.
2. Serve at room temp for the best flavor.

Makes a huge bowl. Party or dinner size for at least 6 people.

Adapted From: http://www.mykitchenescapades.com/2008/08/chicken-avacado-and-bacon-pasta-salad.html

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