Greek Chicken Pasta Salad features marinated chicken, juicy tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, artichoke hearts, Kalamata olives, and feta cheese in a tangy dressing!
It’s the last week of school, y’all…eeek! How did that happen??? And it’s going to be a busy week at that, with end-of-year festivities galore. But fortunately, I’ve already got dinner covered with a big bowl of pasta salad in the fridge. Yippee! So if you’re on the hunt for a colorful, bursting-with-flavor pasta salad — or if you want to make a big batch for quick meals between activities over the next few days — I’ve got you covered as well with this Greek Chicken Pasta Salad!
When devising this recipe, I basically took components of a traditional Greek salad, replacing the base of lettuce with cavatappi (or — for the non-Italian speakers out there — corkscrew) pasta. Simply whip up a homemade Greek vinaigrette, and borrow a few of its ingredients to mix with yogurt for marinating some chicken breasts. Boil the pasta and prep the grape tomatoes (I used a medley of colors, though regular red tomatoes would work just dandy), cucumber slices, marinated artichoke hearts, briny Kalamata olives, and creamy feta cheese. And finally, add the marinated, cooked, sliced chicken — along with the dressing — to your bowl of Greek goodness. Toss it all together and you’ve got one yummy lunch, dinner, or barbecue/picnic/shower/get-together recipe! Flavor explosion, I’m telling you.
You may notice that there’s one common-to-Greek-salad ingredient missing in this recipe: aesthetically pleasing purple onion slices. Well, those of you who know me well are already aware of the fact that I’m not a fan of onions (to put it mildly), so I left them out of our pasta salad. That being said, if you like onions, I’m sure they’d contribute even more flavor — not to mention one of the only colors of the rainbow that’s missing from this salad — so feel free to go for it! Just don’t get too heavy-handed, since raw onions can be a bit overpowering, even to those who enjoy them. Half of a medium red onion sliced into very thin rings should be plenty.
So do you have a busy week ahead? Do you adore pasta salad? Do you have an affinity for Greek-inspired ingredients? If you answered yes to any of the above queries, this zesty Greek Chicken Pasta Salad recipe has got your back…and your tastebuds…and your tummy. 🙂
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