Poppyseed Pasta Salad with Chicken and Grapes

Tender bites of chicken, sweet grapes, pasta, are combined and tossed with a creamy poppyseed dressing to make this simple Poppyseed Chicken and Grape Pasta Salad.

Is there any meal more refreshing than a cold salad on a summer day? We eat salads of all kinds year-round, but we definitely eat them more often in the summertime.

Poppyseed Chicken and Pasta Salad

Pasta salads are a year-round staple in my house for make-ahead meals. I love leftover pasta salads for lunch, but they’re also a great option for dinners.

You can pull the salad together in the morning and it will still be every bit as delicious 8 hours later for dinner – and still delicious a few days later too!

For a few more tasty make-ahead salads, check out the Tangy Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Peppers and this Spinach Pasta Salad. For a hearty lunch or dinner option (that my kids go crazy over), this Jalapeno Tuna Pasta Salad is always a hit.

Chicken and Grape Pasta Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Grape Recipes

I really love the way that grapes add sweet freshness to salads and otherwise savory dishes. This Grape and Candied Walnut Salad and this Grape Salad with Vanilla Bean Dressing are both on my favorites list.

Cashew Chicken Salad with Grapes is a summer favorite for wraps and sandwiches. And this Broccoli Grape Salad is a potluck favorite for summer barbecues.

For a couple more unforgettable grape recipes, try Roasted Black Grapes or these Roasted Red Grapes with Rosemary.

Poppyseed Pasta Salad

Poppyseed Chicken Pasta Salad

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil along with 1 tablespoon kosher salt. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain, but do not rinse the pasta.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the dressing. Combine the mayonnaise, milk, vinegar, mustard, sugar, and poppy seeds in a small bowl or jar. Whisk until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Combine the cooled pasta, chicken, grapes, pecans, onions, and parsley in a large mixing bowl. Toss to combine.
  4. Pour the dressing over the salad and stir well to coat. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Chicken and Grape Pasta Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Poppyseed Pasta Salad

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Poppyseed Chicken Pasta Salad

Tender chicken, sweet grapes, pasta, and a poppyseed dressing combine in this awesome summer salad.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Poppyseed Chicken Pasta Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 320kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces small pasta: elbows, mini penne or bowtie, fusilli
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 2 cups red or green grapes, halved
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup green onions, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped small

Poppyseed Dressing

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon yellow or dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil along with 1 tablespoon kosher salt. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain, but do not rinse the pasta.
  • While the pasta is cooking, prepare the dressing. Combine the mayonnaise, milk, vinegar, mustard, sugar, and poppy seeds in a small bowl or jar. Whisk until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Combine the cooled pasta, chicken, grapes, pecans, onions, and parsely in a large mixing bowl. Toss to combine. Pour the dressing over the salad and stir well to coat.
  • Serve immediatley or refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Notes

If you like the poppyseed dressing as much as we do, you might want to whisk together the full Poppyseed Salad Dressing recipe. It will keep nicely in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks.

Nutrition

Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 497mg | Potassium: 272mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 257IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 2mg

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