This Greek salad with yogurt dressing is a cold pasta salad made with bowtie pasta, seared chicken breasts, fresh vegetables and a low-calorie creamy salad dressing. Perfect as a quick and easy lunch or dinner, this kid-friendly pasta salad is also ideal for entertaining, picnic, potluck or even lunchbox.
About the recipe
This Greek bowtie 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 with chicken and vegetables 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! If you’re looking for healthy pasta salad recipes for weight loss, this is definitely one.
Greek yogurt and mint are always a delicious combo with chicken, whether it is a chicken marinade as in Baked Hariyali Chicken Legs or a creamy pasta salad dressing. In this recipe, we pan-sear the chicken (or use leftover roast chicken), add crunchy veggies and drizzle the healthy Greek yogurt dressing on top. This CREAMY CHICKEN PASTA SALAD is heavenly, especially during those hot months when you crave something chilled and yummy. Without spending much time in the kitchen.
Some salads serve as sides while some can be eaten as a wholesome meal. This kid-friendly pasta salad without mayo has every aspect of a balanced meal- protein, carbs, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. So it qualifies as a quick and easy dinner, packed lunch, picnic or potluck salad.
It is also a healthy recipe you can make with leftover chicken- roasted, boiled or baked. I make this salad often with baked thin-sliced chicken breasts. Simply because they’re so easy to make (hands-free, no-mess) and it is also the healthiest way to eat this salad.
Pasta: Farfalle (bowtie) or fusilli (spiral) 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 tomato feta pasta salad.
Chicken: Chicken breasts are marinated with spices, pan-seared/grilled and diced.
Vegetables: Salad vegetables like bell peppers, celery, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, onions and carrots can be used.
Spicy Greek yogurt dressing
This 5-minute easy dressing gives a characteristic creamy flavor to the pasta salad. It is made of basic ingredients:
- Greek yogurt
- Mint leaves
- Lemon juice
- Himalayan pink salt
How to make Greek salad with yogurt dressing
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Cook the pasta al dente, drain and rinse in cold water. Toss with 2 teaspoons of olive oil.
While the pasta cooks, prep the vegetables and rest of the ingredients.
Cook the chicken: Season the chicken with chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, lemon juice and salt. Pan-fry the seasoned 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.
Common questions about Greek salad with yogurt dressing
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.
Quick tip: The salad dressing tastes even better if you roast the garlic and almonds. Dry-roast chopped garlic and almonds in a pan on low flame for 5 minutes and cool before blending.
If you’re looking for more creamy recipes with yogurt like this, honey mustard coleslaw recipe will blow your mind!
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