A simple chicken pasta salad with a delicious lemon herb dressing!
Hi everyone! Chelsea back from Chelsea’s Messy Apron and today I’m sharing one of my all time FAVORITE pasta salad recipes!
Several weeks ago, on a girl’s Bunco night, we were served a delicious pasta salad and ever since then I have not been able to stop thinking about it! So many of my favorite ingredients – sundried tomatoes, pasta, kalamata olives, parsley, and arugula…
And since I can’t get it out of my mind, I had to create my own take/twist on that recipe!
A few notes on this pasta salad:
- Grab a pasta that has a lot of ridges: I like using a pasta that has a lot of ridges and texture as it allows for the dressing to coat it better and get into all the nooks and crannies leaving you with a more flavorful pasta salad!
- Add your favorites! This pasta salad is LOADED with lots of ingredients. If you aren’t a fan of some (or even a few) of the ingredients, leave them out and simply increase the quantities of the other salad additions. This salad is very easily customizable and you can make it exactly how you’ll love it!
- This salad has some chopped rotisserie chicken in it, but you can easily leave it out to make this salad vegetarian. Alternatively, you can cook your own chicken or use some chopped leftover grilled chicken to add some extra protein to the salad.
- Use good quality jarred ingredients. The jarred artichokes, olives, and sun-dried tomatoes can be meh or really great depending on the brands you buy. I highly recommend DeLallo’s (not sponsored, I just love their products) sun-dried tomatoes and oil packed artichokes for this salad. You also want to make sure you get the sun-dried tomatoes that are packed in oil and not the sun-dried tomatoes in a packet.