This creamy pasta salad with chicken, vegetables and a surprisingly healthy dressing is a delicious meal in itself. Perfect as a quick and easy lunch or dinner, it is also ideal for entertaining, picnic, potluck or even lunchbox, it is kid-friendly too. You can never go wrong with such a simple yet delicious dish.
This easy pasta salad with a creamy mint yogurt dressing tastes as amazing as it looks, with its different colors, flavors and nutrients. A healthy pasta salad that looks and tastes creamy (without actual cream in it) is the best and most delicious way to make kids (and grownups) eat their veggies.
Ingredients for chicken pasta salad
Pasta: Fusilli or farfalle are best suited for a pasta salad, especially one with a creamy dressing as the dressing clings on to the grooves and curves of the pasta, making it very flavorful. Like the fusilli in veggie pasta salad with balsamic vinaigrette.
Dressing: This 5-minute easy dressing gives a characteristic creamy flavor to the pasta salad. It is made of basic ingredients- yogurt, mint, almonds, chilies, garlic, lemon juice and pink salt.
Chicken: Chicken breasts are marinated with spices, pan-seared and diced.
Want a hands-free, no-mess recipe for cooking chicken breasts? Try the juicy oven-baked chicken breasts.
Vegetables: Salad vegetables like bell peppers, celery, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, onions and carrots can be used.
How to make creamy pasta salad
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Cook the pasta al dente, drain and rinse in cold water.
While the pasta cooks, prep the vegetables and rest of the ingredients.
Cook the chicken: Marinate the chicken with chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, lemon juice and salt. Pan-fry the marinated chicken breasts in oil. Chop them into bite-sized cubes.
Make the dressing: Blend all ingredients in a food processor.
Toss the chicken, vegetables and pasta together. Add the mint yogurt dressing and toss well. Garnish with green onions. Serve this salad immediately or chill and serve later.
Do you rinse pasta for a cold pasta salad?
Yes, rinsing helps cool down the pasta so it stops cooking. It also keeps the pasta from sticking together, since rinsing removes the starch that’s clinging onto the pasta.
How do you keep pasta salad moist?
The mint yogurt dressing retains moisture naturally so it keeps the pasta salad juicy and creamy. You don’t even require oil for this dressing.
How do I make pasta taste better?
The dressing makes all the difference in a pasta salad. Yogurt, mint and garlic are a great combination with pasta and chicken and they come together as a yummy salad.
Bonus tip: The salad dressing tastes even better if you roast the garlic and almonds. Dry-roast in a pan on low flame for 5 minutes and cool before blending.
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