This Greek Pasta Salad with chicken comes together quickly and easily for a satisfying meal. It’s great for potlucks and would be super easy to double, or even triple if needed. It’s a great way to get some fresh vegetables into your meals for the day, especially if you hate veggies.
Chicken pasta salad healthy
It’s Christina here, Kent asked me to share some recipes with you to help you get inspired to add more vegetables into your diet. I turned him from a veggie hater to a veggie, okayer over the last 15 years and he wants me to help other people do it too. He doesn’t cook, so here we go. (And by the way, there are a few vegetables that he absolutely loves now, so score for me!). He looks forward to dinner with vegetables now.
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You could make this dish with ancient grains pasta and make it even more healthy. But all of the fresh vegetables are going to make it not only tasty, but also healthy. Eating fresh, raw fruits and vegetables helps your digestion because of the enzymes they have. If everything you eat is cooked, you don’t get the benefits of those enzymes.
Eating free range chicken is another way to add health to your diet. There are many benefits to eating free range chicken, so make sure your proteins are high quality and not filled with chemicals. And click here to see why your chickens shouldn’t be kept in a big stuffy chicken house like conventionally raised chickens all their lives.
This greek pasta salad has a lot of healthy ingredients including superfoods like tomatoes.
Get more ideas for healthy lunches for weight loss here.
Summer Fresh Greek Pasta Salad
Pasta salads are the best. They are so easy, pretty, and colorful and lots of people love them. Think of the flavors of greek salad, and toss them in pasta. This is going to be a family favorite in no time.
On a hot summer day, or any time there’s something so great about a cold pasta salad loaded with delicious ingredients. They’re so easy to make and you can add anything you like to make it amazing. And can you imagine making this in the summer with fresh vegetables right from the garden? Oh my!
It’s a meal in a bowl! Colorful, healthy, and a crowd-pleaser. That tangy, flavorful feta with the zip from the olives and vinegar. Oh my, I’m getting hungry again!
Greek bowtie pasta salad
For this recipe, I used bowtie pasta because the kids love it. It’s so cute and fun. I also used kalamata olives because, yum, they are my favorite! The chicken is cooked ahead of time and shredded. I love to get a whole chicken and make multiple meals out of it. You could do that and pull the meat off the bones for this recipe after you cut off the pieces.
Or just roast up a sheet pan full of chicken breasts with salt and pepper on them until the internal temperature is 165. Then let them cool, shred them all, and store them in 2 cup portions in the freezer for recipes like this. It’s a great way to be prepared with healthy proteins.
I can’t wait until you try this Greek Chicken Pasta Salad. You are going to be really pleased with yourself! For another veggie pasta idea, check out this Cajun chicken pasta skillet too.
Greek Chicken Pasta Salad
For the salad:
- 2 C. Shredded chicken breasts
- 16 oz. Bowtie pasta
- 1 Pint Cherry tomatoes halved
- ½ Cucumber diced
- ¼ C. Black or green olives
- ½ C. Crumbled feta cheese
For the vinaigrette:
- Juice from half a lemon
- ½ C. Olive oil
- ¼ C. Red wine vinegar
- 1 ½ tsp. Oregano
- 2 tsp. Minced garlic
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the pasta to your liking, drain well and let cool.
- Add the pasta to a large mixing bowl with the cucumbers, tomatoes, chicken, olives and feta cheese.
- Mix together all of the ingredients for the vinaigrette in a bowl until well combined.
- Pour the vinaigrette over the pasta salad, and toss to combine well.
- Serve immediately, or chill before serving if desired.
Okay, okay, Kent wants to add a chicken joke to the recipe, so here it is:
Which chicken is at the top of the pecking order? Attila the Hen…
Oh, brother…I live this every day folks!
For more salad ideas, check out:
- Ancient grains salads
- Steak salad with strawberry vinaigrette
- Picadillo chicken taco salad
- Greek yogurt broccoli salad