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Vineyard Chicken and Pasta Salad

A superbly mild, contemporary dinner, this winery hen and pasta salad is loopy scrumptious! So many tasty substances and that dressing…yum!

I’m an enormous fan of predominant dish salads for dinner…so long as they’re hearty sufficient to actually represent a full meal. (Many a dinner salad has lied to me prior to now and left me disillusioned and hungry.)

This hen and pasta salad positively checks that field! Not solely is it hearty, it’s additionally tremendous easy and fast to throw collectively!

large white bowl with ingredients for vineyard chicken and pasta salad

Salad + Dressing

This winery salad consists of those layers:

  • spring greens
  • pasta (your life, your selection of form!)
  • cooked hen (rotisserie or a tasty grilled hen)
  • grapes
  • inexperienced onions or chives
  • toasted pine nuts or sunflower seeds
  • contemporary basil

Grapes, you ask? In a salad? Why, sure. The juicy pop of grapes is delightfully scrumptious with the opposite crunchy, flavorful salad substances.

And as soon as the entire salad is drizzled with the brilliant French dressing, it turns into a type of easy, tasty meals that I might eat every single day for the remainder of without end.

pouring vinaigrette over grapes, greens, chicken, and pine nuts

A Couple of Ideas

  1. Chop the spring greens or no matter lettuce/greens you utilize. Don’t go away the lettuce or spinach items massive and unwieldy. Run a knife by way of the greens till they kind a scrumptious confetti mattress for every part else to construct upon.
  2. Take into account including bacon. Fairly truthfully, it’s my one remorse. I considered including it. Then didn’t. Then regretted it. Bacon can be fabulous on this salad.
  3. Eyeball a lot of the substances. Whereas I give measurements down within the recipe, the substances for this salad can actually turn out to be a “roughly” scenario relying on the general vibe you need.
  4. Don’t neglect the crunch. I do know pine nuts are exorbitantly costly proper now, so if you wish to sub them out for one thing else, by all means, do. However don’t go away the crunchy bits off fully. The salad wants that contrasting texture with the opposite layered substances! I maintain a valuable bag of pine nuts within the freezer and typically use them simply on my portion. Shhh. Let or not it’s our secret.
scooping vineyard chicken and pasta salad with salad tongs out of white bowl

A Salad for All Seasons

This salad makes a beautiful mild meal for the nice and cozy summer time months. However the substances adapt properly to all seasons.

And if you wish to really feel like a complete rock star, seize a block of Parmesan or Asiago cheese and your vegetable peeler and grate shards of cheese for the highest of the salad.

Restaurant high quality proper there. And you’ll take all of the credit score.

serving of vineyard chicken and pasta salad on small white plate

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large white bowl with greens, pasta, chicken, grapes, fresh basil, and pine nuts

Vineyard Chicken and Pasta Salad


  • 12 ounces bow tie or different favourite form pasta
  • Four to six cups chopped spring greens or child spinach
  • 2 to three cups cooked, chopped hen (see notice)
  • 1 cup inexperienced or pink grapes (or a combo), halved
  • three to 4 inexperienced onions or bunch of chives, finely chopped
  • ½ cup toasted pine nuts or sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup shaved or grated Asiago or Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ to ½ cup torn or chopped contemporary basil


  • ½ cup oil (see notice)
  • cup unsweetened rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon contemporary lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • Pinch black pepper
  • Cook dinner the pasta in frivolously salted boiling water till al dente. Drain and put aside to chill (toss each every so often so it would not stick collectively).

  • Whisk or mix all of the dressing substances collectively till well-combined.

  • Assemble the salad by putting the chopped greens in a serving bowl. High with pasta, hen, grapes, inexperienced onions (or chives), pine nuts (or sunflower seeds), cheese, and contemporary basil.

  • Drizzle dressing over the salad and frivolously toss till mixed. Serve instantly.

Chicken: this recipe works nice with rotisserie hen. It’s additionally scrumptious with a flavorful grilled hen, like this lemon and garlic grilled hen. 
Oil: a wide range of completely different oils work on this dressing. Olive oil lends a extra distinguished taste. A neutral-flavored oil can be used.
Cheese: to get cheese shavings (Parm or Asiago), I exploit my vegetable peeler and slice skinny strips from a block of cheese. 
Variations/Variations: cooked, crumbled bacon can be wonderful on this salad (will certainly do this any longer). Additionally, a lot of the salad substances do fairly properly simply being eyeballed. Add roughly of any of them relying on what you’ve readily available and the general vibe you’re searching for within the salad. 

Serving: 1 serving, Energy: 453kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 20g, Fats: 23g, Saturated Fats: 4g, Ldl cholesterol: 34mg, Sodium: 209mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 9g

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Recipe Supply: impressed by a recipe despatched to me by a reader, Heather J. (thanks, Heather!)

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