Green Goddess Chicken Pasta Salad

Green Goddess Chicken Pasta Salad

Green Goddess Chicken Pasta Salad made with bowtie pasta, chicken, and a creamy, tangy herb dressing you’ll want to put on everything!

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Why You’ll Love Green Goddess Chicken Pasta Salad:

  • A super simple pasta salad with outstanding flavor.
  • This might be the BEST green goddess dressing you’ll ever taste.
  • An easy salad to whip up for dinner, lunch, or even meal prep for the week.

Thankfully our cooler days are dwindling which means we get to start incorporating some of our favorite warm weather foods. This Green Goddess Chicken Pasta Salad is the perfect recipe to launch into spring and summer. The ingredients are super simple and it’s a cinch to whip up when you want something fresh and flavorful.

If you’ve never had green goddess dressing before it’s basically Caesar’s cousin. It’s creamy and tangy but with lots of fresh herb flavors. It’s the absolute best dressed over pasta and chicken, but equally a wonderful dressing to have on hand for green salads, grilled fish, and more!

Pasta Ingredients:

  • Cooked chicken breast
  • Cooked Bowtie pasta
  • Parmesan cheese

Dressing Ingredients:

  • Mayo
  • Sour cream
  • Milk
  • Fresh herbs- basil, parsley, chives, dill
  • Prepared pesto
  • White wine vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • Honey or agave
  • Ground black pepper


Add Veggies to bulk up the nutrition:

There are so many options for veggies here. Some of my favorites are asparagus, peas, broccoli, cucumbers, and tomatoes. I like to blanch the firmer veggies in boiling water for 1-2 minutes to soften them slightly before adding them to the salad.

Chicken options:

The green goddess dressing is really what drives all the flavor in this pasta salad recipe so there are a lot of options for the type of chicken you use. For this recipe I used slow cooker chicken breast seasoned with Italian dressing. You could also use grilled chicken, leftover chicken, and even a rotisserie from the grocery store would work great.

How to make Green Goddess Chicken Pasta Salad:

Step 1. Add all the dressing ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Add more milk if it’s too thick.

Step 2. In a large serving bowl add cooked pasta and chicken. Pour over the dressing and toss to coat well. Add parmesan cheese and give it another toss. Serve immediately or place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Can I make this ahead of time?

You can definitely make this in advance and it’s great for leftovers. For a super creamy pasta salad experience you’ll want to serve this right away.



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Green Goddess Chicken Pasta Salad

This flavor packed Green Goddess Chicken Pasta Salad made with tender bowtie pasta, chicken, and a tangy, herb goddess dressing. The perfect salad for potlucks, BBQ's, or a simple lunch.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 5 servings
Calories 519 kcal

Ingredients
  

Pasta ingredients:

  • 1 pound cooked chicken breast, cut into chunks or shredded
  • 8 ounces bowtie pasta, cooked al dente, according to package instructions make sure to rinse pasta with cold water after it's cooked
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided

Dressing ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill
  • 2 tbsp prepared pesto
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 small lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp agave or honey
  • 1-2 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • kosher salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Add all the dressing ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Add more milk if it’s too thick.

Tip:

  • Taste dressing first before adding any salt. Both the mayo and pesto are well seasoned so you may not need any salt.
  • In a large serving bowl add cooked pasta and chicken. Pour in the dressing and toss to coat well. Add 1/2 cup parmesan cheese and give it another good toss. Garnish with additional 1/4 cup parmesan and serve.

Notes

Tips:
 
Chicken Options-
Just about any kind of chicken can be used in this recipe. Slow cooker chicken, grilled chicken, leftover, and even a rotisserie from the grocery store would work great. 
Add veggies-
Some of my favorite veggies are asparagus, peas, broccoli, cucumbers, and tomatoes. I like to blanch the tougher veggies in boiling water for 1-2 minutes to soften them slightly. 
Make ahead-
You can definitely make this in advance and it’s great for leftovers. For a super creamy pasta salad experience you’ll want to serve this right away.
 
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be understood as an estimate rather than a guarantee. The Menu Maid makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 5
Amount per serving  
Calories 519
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31.4g 40%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 596mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 36.3g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2.2g 8%
Total Sugars 5.3g  
Protein 20.1g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 341mg 26%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 223mg 5%
Keyword Chicken, Green goddess dressing, parmesan cheese, pasta, Pasta salad

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