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Pasta Salad with Chicken or Turkey

Pasta Salad with Chicken or Turkey


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup olive oil, preferably extra-virgin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 3 ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 Cup pitted black olives, sliced in half
  • One 16-ounce can cannellini beans, drained
  • 1/2 Cup basil, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 Cups bow-tie pasta
  • 1 Cup mixed salad greens

Directions

In a jar or cruet, whisk olive oil, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. In a large bowl, mix together the chicken or turkey, tomatoes, olives, beans, basil, and bell pepper. Stir in the pasta. Add the dressing and toss to combine. Stir in the salad greens, and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Servings6

Calories Per Serving466

Folate equivalent (total)74µg18%


More Pasta Salad Recipes: We love this Creamy Pasta Salad and our readers love this Easy Orzo Pasta Salad.

Pasta salad is easy to make. The ingredients are simple and flexible, so you can make this when you are inundated by summer produce or you can adapt to what’s in season in the fall and winter. Plus, you are looking at under 20 minutes from start to finish. Not too bad, especially when you can keep it in the fridge for up to 5 days!


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  • SALAD:
  • 1 pound rotini pasta
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups cooked, diced turkey breast (smoked is very good in this recipe)
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 diced celery stalks, diced
  • 1 cup whole toasted almonds
  • POPPYSEED DRESSING:
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • 2 cups real mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoonds cold water
  • 2 tablespoonds poppy seeds
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Servings 4


Tips and Variations

OK, here is what I consider a healthy pasta. And let’s agree that some people consider pasta not healthy at all.

  • What pasta is healthy? Whole wheat, whole grain or most gluten free pasta made with whole foods like beans, legumes and seeds. Just keep in mind that grain free pasta cooks faster, so keep an eye.
  • What pasta shape/size is best for pasta salad? I like to use small shapes like elbow macaroni, bowties, orzo or small penne. Rotini is fine too. If using larger size pasta like rotini, keep add-ins chopped small.
  • Uniform size pieces: Chop all ingredients into same small bite size pieces, even olives. It helps with even distribution of all ingredients and salad dressing in every bite.
  • Make it vegan: Omit feta cheese and use nutritional yeast in place of it, or olives will add enough umami flavor, to be honest.
  • Make healthy chicken pasta salad: Add leftover grilled chicken breast, or Instant Pot shredded chicken and this healthy summer pasta salad is dinner.
  • Make healthy tuna pasta salad: Open a can of tuna or salmon and toss it in there. Salmon bones are so soft and juices delicious, they will make this pasta salad extra delicious. We always toss entire can contents in this canned salmon salad.

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Ingredients in Mediterranean Chicken and Orzo Salad:

  • 8 ounces orzo pasta
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cucumber, cubed
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
  • 2 ounces crumbled feta cheese

Easy Chicken Pasta Salad – Healthy Main Dish Pasta Salad Recipe!

No need to wreck your brain trying to come up with ideas on what to serve with a pasta salad &ndash this easy chicken pasta salad is a complete meal! If you want to simplify your dinner time, this main dish pasta salad is the way to go!

If you are looking for a main dish that is easy to make, uses simple ingredients, feeds a crowd, is budget-friendly, makes great leftovers and doesn&rsquot require any side dishes to go with it, you have found your perfect recipe! This easy chicken pasta salad recipe fits all these criteria, that&rsquos why it&rsquos an absolute keeper!

When we think of a pasta salad, we often imagine a side salad with a bunch of other food on the table to go with it. In fact, that was the side pasta salad that I was planning to make before I created this recipe on a whim. I felt like having some pasta salad, and was looking for an easy main dish to serve with it. &ldquoWhat should I serve with the pasta salad?&rdquo I thought. &ldquoA rotisserie chicken&rdquo was the answer in my head as I didn&rsquot feel like cooking any more stuff!

So my plan was to make a pasta salad and serve it with the store-bought rotisserie chicken. As I was done with making the pasta salad, I realized that now I have to warm up the chicken for dinner and deal with the logistics of having multiple dishes on the table and having to cut and serve that chicken :) Then this great idea came to me &ndash why not just cut-up that rotisserie chicken meat and toss it in the salad! Then I can be DONE! The whole dinner for the next 2 days will be in that giant pasta salad bowl, and I don&rsquot even have to warm it, and everyone will serve themselves! Yay!

Since the pasta salad is supposed to marinate in the refrigerator, it still tastes amazing the next day, so it makes perfect leftovers! It&rsquos also a great make-ahead dish for entertaining &ndash just make it the day ahead and have less things to deal with on the day of the party :) No reheating needed and no hassle!

This chicken pasta salad is really healthy, and is a great way to get your veggies in. It uses common everyday ingredients &ndash pasta, chicken, tomatoes, cucumbers and bell peppers, tossed and marinated in Italian dressing. Feel free to be creative and add/subtract ingredients to your liking! Don&rsquot like a certain vegetable? Just leave it out :) Gluten-free? Use gluten-free pasta! Want to cut fat? Use fat-free Italian dressing! Pasta salads are very forgiving to substitutions, you really can&rsquot mess that dish up by swapping ingredients.

The main thing you need to remember to get this recipe to turn out right &ndash do not overcook the pasta! Overcooked pasta = soggy pasta salad. The pasta must be al dente (tasting slightly undercooked) &ndash it will soften to the right consistency as it marinates. Al dente pasta is the ultimate secret to a good pasta salad.

Another thing &ndash do not add salt to the salad. Add salt to the boiling water when pasta cooks, but no other salt once the pasta is drained. Salt will release the juice from the veggies and make salad runny. Also, only use cherry tomatoes (not regular tomatoes) as regular tomatoes get mushy while cherry tomatoes stay fresh.

This recipe is great for your wallet too &ndash it makes 8 main-dish servings of pasta salad for $10-$15 total, which is less than $2 per serving &ndash what a great cheap way to feed a crowd on a budget! Pasta salads are also great for picnics and potlucks &ndash this chicken pasta salad will be a hit at your next gathering!


Pesto Chicken Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 12-16 ounces ( 340-454 g ) dried pasta , cooked to package instructions
  • 2-3 cups ( 340-500 g ) cooked shredded chicken
  • 1 cup ( 240 ml ) chopped fresh basil
  • 1 1/2 cups ( 360 ml ) pesto (about 14oz./425g)
  • 1/4 cup ( 60 ml ) olive oil
  • 1 cup ( 110 g ) sun-dried tomatoes , packed in oil & chopped
  • 1 cup ( 100 g ) grated parmesan cheese
  • zest of 1 small lemon
  • Juice of half lemon
  • salt , to taste
  • fresh cracked black pepper , to taste
  • extra toasted pine nuts on top , optional
  • extra grated parmesan cheese on top , optional
  • red pepper flakes (optional, to taste)

Instructions

If your air fryer is preheated or if you are cooking multiple batches, you may need to reduce timing by a few minutes (unless preheating is called for in the recipe).

Video


Watch the video: Σαλάτα με Κοτόπουλο. Άκης Πετρετζίκης (July 2022).


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