Strawberry Avocado Chicken Pasta Salad

Strawberry Avocado Chicken Pasta Salad is loaded with spinach and arugula, strawberries, avocado, tender pasta noodles, chopped nuts, and a creamy balsamic dressing. This fresh Spring salad is the perfect dinner side or potluck dish! 

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It’s time for Spring salads around here! We just got back from being out of town for a week and as much as I adore eating out while we are traveling and trying new restaurants in whichever town we might be visiting, I came home craving fresh fruits, veggies, and greens so badly.

I’ve been wanting salads for every meal – yes even breakfast – so this salad today is in honor of my current salad obsession. It’s loaded with all the good stuff I promise!

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 How do you make pasta salad?

You can really put any favorite ingredients into a pasta salad. My favorite way to make pasta salad is to combine fresh greens, like spinach and arugula, with short pasta noodles like bowtie or spiral noodles. The fresh greens keep the pasta salad feeling light and fresh, rather than heavy, and it also makes the salad go farther which is perfect for serving a crowd.

After combining the greens and pasta, you can add protein such as cheese and shredded chicken or turkey, and any combination of fresh fruits or vegetables. Today I am putting strawberry and avocado together – I never get sick of that combination!

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The last thing you’ll want to add to your pasta salad is a good dressing. This creamy balsamic dressing is the perfect combination of sweet and tangy and compliments the strawberries and avocados so well. I like to add chopped nuts for a bit of crunch and that’s all you need for a perfect pasta salad!

This Strawberry Avocado Chicken Pasta Salad has spinach and balsamic dressing for tons of flavor and perfect texture, and comes together in about 20 minutes when you use shredded rotisserie chicken (my favorite tip for cutting out prep time!). This is so easy to throw together and makes a great side dish or potluck salad!

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What people are saying about this Strawberry Avocado Chicken Pasta Salad

“This salad was so good! I prepped everything the night before and threw it in a bowl for a gals lunch! We loved it and will make many more times! Thanks!” – Cari

“Your salads are amazing!! Thank you for all the extraordinary ideas.” – Manda

 

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Strawberry Avocado Chicken Pasta Salad

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 people
Author Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 6 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup arugula
  • 1-2 cups shredded cooked chicken rotisserie chicken works well
  • 2 cups cooked bowtie pasta
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 2 avocados sliced
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue, feta, or goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Creamy Balsamic Dressing

  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning blend
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/3 cup plain fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a jar, cover, and shake well until all ingredients are incorporated and creamy.

  2. In a large bowl combine spinach, arugula, shredded chicken, avocado, pasta, strawberries, crumbled cheese, and chopped nuts. Pour dressing over salad and toss to combine. Serve immediately. 

  3. To prepare in advance, reserve dressing until ready to serve, then pour over salad and toss immediately before serving. 

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What can I use instead of greek yogurt? Sour Cream?

    Yes, that should work just fine.

This sounds wonderful! Do you add the pasta and avocado at the same time as The other ingredients?

    Sorry for the confusion- I have updated the recipe to include those!

Tried the strawberry pasta salad with shredded zucchini instead of pasta. Yummy.

    I haven’t tried that with this recipe before. Great idea!

All this food looks so delicious!!!!

Your salads are amazing!! thank you for all the extraordinary ideas.

    That compliment made my day- Thank you! 🙂

Thank you! I am as well!

Pancetta Arugula Salad Recipe After our daily walks or hikes, we love to come back and eat salad for lunch! This Pancetta Arugula Salad Recipe is one of our favorites.

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I need to make this without chicken or any type of meat. Since this calls for 2 cups of chicken, should I lower the measurements of the other ingredients?

    Hi Christi- Everything will stay the same. If you’re trying to make the salad go farther you can add more pasta and spinach.

Where can I find nutrition counts? I am a diabetic and need to count carbs. Thank you.

    Hi Jessica- MyFinessPal has an awesome took online where you can insert any recipe on the internet to and it will breakdown all the nutrition facts for you!

this salad was so good! i prepped everything the night before and threw everything in a bowl for a gals lunch! loved it and will make many more times! thanks!

    Great idea to prep ahead of time!

WHAT store bought dressing would be the closest equivalent of the Home made?

Do you Happen to know macros or calories on this

    Hi Ashli- My Fitness Pal has an awesome online tool that allows you to input any recipe URL in and it will generate the nutritional information for you! I suggest using that!

Hey there! Looks delish, can’t wait to try it! it says it serves 8, but can you confirm the serving size? I’ve plugged the info into myfitnesspal and it comes out to 308 calories a serving… but doesn’t give light to serving size either. i know it might be a silly question, but thanks in advance!

    Hi Ashley- it does serve 8 when served as side dish! If you are looking to serve it for the main course it may not quite feed 8 people by itself! You can always add more spinach and pasta if you want to make it a larger salad! I hope that you love it!

i wish your recipe printed with a photo of the dish. Looks tasty. I can’t wait to make it.

What are the dry herbs use in video but isnt list in recIpe

    Hi Dorothy- the dried herbs in the video are what is listed in the recipe as Italian seasoning and the salt and pepper. I just had them all mixed together in a dish and dumped them in the recipe video. I hope this helps you! 🙂

wonderful recipe…i need to know where you bought the grooved handle wooden spoons, please.

    Hi Joni- so happy that you loved it. I got them at World Market! 🙂