This amazing homemade chicken pasta salad recipe is inspired by all my favorite greek flavors. It is a healthy, delicious, beautiful, colorful salad full of such ingredients as crispy bell peppers, ripe cherry tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, zesty red onions, marinated olives, lean grilled chicken and savory feta cheese all sprinkled with lemon juice and zest, basil and olive oil. All on a bed of freshly cooked pasta. Such a perfect taste and flavor!
What a pretty kaleidoscope of colors! Just looks so appetizing on my plate. Every time I make this simple dish for lunch or dinner I can’t wait to dig in.
For pasta I prefer using fusilli (but Italian spaghetti also works great). All of its crinkles and crevices are just perfect for holding onto the dressing and bits of feta in this pasta salad. Cherry tomatoes are meaty and will not make the dish watery. For olives, I stick with traditional calamata olives, just make sure they are pitted. I also like to peel the fresh crunchy cucumbers and I usually use English seedless variety. If you are not crazy about raw onions, just soak them in the cold water after you chop them up to get rid of some of the bite. Your favorite seasonings will make this chicken pasta salad even better.
This salad is very healthy and filling. And it has tons of nutritious benefits. All the fresh vegetables (such as tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers) protein rich grilled chicken and fiber-friendly pasta. Want to make it even more wholesome, use whole grain pasta instead of regular kind. This salad is just phenomenally tasty and most importantly super easy to make.
Just a few simple steps like boiling pasta, grilling chicken, chopping vegetables and whisking together homemade greek dressing. Yes I am also making the dressing from scratch! it just tastes so much better then the store-bought one, and it is better for you with no added preservatives and sodium.
This greek dressing is a cherry on top for all of the greek flavors of this salad. It is a perfect compliment to all of the ingredients.
Just under 25 minutes of cooking you can have a delicious, healthy lunch on your plate. Or make it a quick light dinner or even bring it to a summer barbecue. This salad is so versatile and is always a member of my weekly salad rotation. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!