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Strawberries and Chicken Pasta Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing #SundaySupper

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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.

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!!

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!!

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 with Poppy Seed Dressing
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Chilled noodles, fresh strawberries, crunchy grapes and chicken tossed in a sweet orange dressing.
Serves: 7 cups
  • 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
  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.
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
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Cups

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!



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