Strawberries and Chicken Pasta Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing #SundaySupper

Hello, hello!!

Today for #SundaySupper we had to make a dish to share for Labor Day weekend!  For me this dish was made twice, since I wasn’t happy with the first dish, I needed to revamp it and make it better!!  And this dish is way better too!!  I am happy to share with you my Strawberries and Chicken Pasta Salad with Orange Poppy Dressing.

Strawberries and Chicken Pasta Salad

This salad is made with rotini pasta aka spirals, strawberries, grapes, chicken and it’s marinated in my orange poppy-seed dressing.  It’s light, refreshing and so full of flavor, not to mention it’s pretty healthy for you too!!!  For the pasta I used Dreamfields pasta, which is full of fiber and protein.  I went for this pasta because it is white.  If I use whole grain or a vegetable pasta my Husband won’t touch it.  The pasta turned out perfect.  No one would know it is healthy!!

Strawberries and Chicken Pasta Salad

To flavor up the pasta, I used fresh strawberries and grapes that I got from my CSA box this week.  In my original recipe I used blueberries to go with the strawberries, but I find grapes are nicer and more firm than blueberries.  For the chicken, I cheated and used the breast meat of a rotisserie chicken.  However if you prefer to make your own chicken, I recommend my marinated yogurt chicken, it makes the most moist chicken ever!!!  That’s no joke!!

Strawberries and Chicken Pasta Salad

For the dressing I made my orange poppy-seed dressing that I used on my fruit salad with grilled chicken recipe.  I love this dressing because it’s light, refreshing and doesn’t contain any oil, plus it adds a wonderful orange flavor to the pasta.  The poppy seeds also add a nice crunch!!  The longer you let the dressing marinate in the pasta the more robust flavor you will get.  The combination of the dressing with the chicken and fruit make a wonderful companionship!  I just love it!  I am so glad I remade my recipe because this one is so much better!!!

Strawberries and Chicken Pasta Salad

Strawberries and Chicken Pasta Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 7 cups
  • Serving size: 1 Cups
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Chilled noodles, fresh strawberries, crunchy grapes and chicken tossed in a sweet orange dressing.
Ingredients
  • 3 Cups spiral pasta (Any small pasta will be great)
  • 8 oz chicken, cooked, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 cup strawberries, cut in half
  • 1 cup grapes
  • Dressing:
  • ¼ cup orange juice (I used Tropic 50)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tsp. distilled vinegar
  • ½ tsp. stevia or granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. Poppy seeds
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to manufactures direction. When pasta is done, drain the water and add to a large bowl to cool.
  2. Once cooled, add chicken, strawberries, grapes and scallions. Lightly mix together; set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, add all of the dressing ingredients; whisk until combined. Pour dressing into pasta salad and mix until combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Let the flavors marinate for one hour before serving. If you do not plan to serve this right away, add the fruit when ready to serve.
Notes
Note: I meant to add scallions to the pasta, so please feel free to add about a ¼ cup. I totally forgot!

Calories per cup: 164, Fat: 1.6, Cholesterol: 18, Sodium: 28, Potassium: 82, Carbs: 28, Fiber: 3.6, Sugar: 4.3, Protein: 12

Strawberries and Chicken Pasta Salad

I hope you have a great Labor Day!  If you still need ideas for recipes, be sure to check out what the #SundaySupper crew has prepared.  I love when we have the same theme and everyone comes up with the most creative ideas.  Then I tell myself, I should have made that!  🙂

I have a fun week planned for next week and I can’t wait to share it with you!!  Be sure to stop back tomorrow!

Enjoy your weekend!

Toodles,

Jennifer

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Comments

  1. Love your cheery tribute to fruits, Jennifer. Your orange poppy seed dressing looks like a winner, too =)

  2. Thanks for participating this week! This pasta salad looks delicious.

  3. What a delicious and colorful salad! This looks so good, Jennifer!

  4. What a cheerful salad, I love the colors and poppy seeds are a perfect touch 🙂

  5. This looks great! I’ve been loving all of the fruited pasta salads I’ve seen popping up lately.

  6. Gorgeous salad, Jen! I just tried Dreamsfield pasta and it’s fabulous!!!

  7. This is totally something for my mom, she loves fruit and salad

  8. I make a chicken salad with strawberries that I love, so I know I would LOVE this! So gorgeous!

  9. I’ve never thought of putting strawberries with pasta, I will have to try it!

  10. Our CSA box was extra good this week. No grapes though. Great use with this dish.

  11. What a great idea to add strawberries to your chicken pasta salad!

  12. Diana @EatMoveShine says:

    Great tip on the pasta brand… I’ll have to check that out! And love the combination of flavors… sounds so refreshing and filling all at the same time! 🙂

  13. I seem to always forget about how fruit like strawberries and grapes go so well with pasta. Even better with a citrus dressing. Lovely recipe.

  14. The colors are gorgeous! And, the dressing sounds wonderful and bright. Yum!

  15. A good pasta salad is what you need in a hot summer day.

  16. This salad sounds perfect. I’ll take a big bowl!

  17. This looks so yummy, I love the summery dressing!

  18. That orange poppyseed dressing sounds wonderful! I love the sweet version of pasta salad…so colorful too!

  19. I love that this is a pasta version of my favorite salad at Panera – the strawberry poppyseed chicken salad!

  20. Lovely pasta salad!

  21. This sounds like a fresh and fruity twist on pasta salad and I’m loving the poppy dressing!

  22. I like strawberries and chicken together. I need to try it with pasta!

  23. Looking at your pasta salad has made me realized I’ve barely made any this summer! Love the addition of fruit to yours!

  24. What a beautiful salad! I’ve never tried strawberries in a savory salad, but I’ll bet they make the perfect sweet/salty combo!

  25. I love all the components of this pasta salad and the poppy seed dressing sounds delish, also! Such a beautiful summer salad.

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