A superbly mild, recent dinner, this winery hen and pasta salad is loopy scrumptious! So many tasty components and that dressing…yum!

I’m an enormous fan of primary dish salads for dinner…so long as they’re hearty sufficient to essentially represent a full meal. (Many a dinner salad has lied to me previously and left me disenchanted and hungry.)

This hen and pasta salad positively checks that field! Not solely is it hearty, it’s additionally tremendous easy and fast to throw collectively!

Salad + Dressing

This winery salad consists of those layers:

  • spring greens
  • pasta (your life, your alternative of form!)
  • cooked hen (rotisserie or a tasty grilled hen)
  • grapes
  • inexperienced onions or chives
  • toasted pine nuts or sunflower seeds
  • recent basil

Grapes, you ask? In a salad? Why, sure. The juicy pop of grapes is delightfully scrumptious with the opposite crunchy, flavorful salad components.

And as soon as the entire salad is drizzled with the brilliant French dressing, it turns into a kind of easy, tasty meals that I might eat every single day for the remainder of ceaselessly.

Pouring vinaigrette over grapes, greens, chicken, and pine nuts.

A Couple of Ideas

  1. Chop the spring greens or no matter lettuce/greens you employ. Don’t depart the lettuce or spinach items massive and unwieldy. Run a knife by way of the greens till they type a scrumptious confetti mattress for all the pieces else to construct upon.
  2. Think about including bacon. Fairly actually, it’s my one remorse. I considered including it. Then didn’t. Then regretted it. Bacon can be fabulous on this salad.
  3. Eyeball many of the components. Whereas I give measurements down within the recipe, the components for this salad can actually turn into a “roughly” scenario relying on the general vibe you need.
  4. Don’t overlook the crunch. I do know pine nuts are exorbitantly costly proper now, so if you wish to sub them out for one thing else, by all means, do. However don’t depart the crunchy bits off fully. The salad wants that contrasting texture with the opposite layered components! I preserve a treasured bag of pine nuts within the freezer and generally use them simply on my portion. Shhh. Let or not it’s our secret.

Scooping vineyard chicken and pasta salad with salad tongs out of white bowl.

A Salad for All Seasons

This salad makes a beautiful mild meal for the nice and cozy summer time months. However the components adapt nicely to all seasons.

And if you wish to really feel like a complete rock star, seize a block of Parmesan or Asiago cheese and your vegetable peeler and grate shards of cheese for the highest of the salad.

Restaurant high quality proper there. And you may take all of the credit score.

Serving of vineyard chicken and pasta salad on small white plate.

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large white bowl with greens, pasta, chicken, grapes, fresh basil, and pine nuts

Winery Rooster and Pasta Salad

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook dinner Time: 10 minutes

Complete Time: 55 minutes


  • 12 ounces bow tie or different favourite form pasta
  • 4 to six cups chopped spring greens or child spinach
  • 2 to three cups cooked, chopped hen (see be aware)
  • 1 cup inexperienced or crimson grapes (or a combo), halved
  • 3 to 4 inexperienced onions or bunch of chives, finely chopped
  • ½ cup toasted pine nuts or sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup shaved or grated Asiago or Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ to ½ cup torn or chopped recent basil


  • ½ cup oil (see be aware)
  • cup unsweetened rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon recent lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • Pinch black pepper
  • Cook dinner the pasta in calmly salted boiling water till al dente. Drain and put aside to chill (toss each every now and then so it does not stick collectively).

  • Whisk or mix all of the dressing components collectively till well-combined.

  • Assemble the salad by putting the chopped greens in a serving bowl. High with pasta, hen, grapes, inexperienced onions (or chives), pine nuts (or sunflower seeds), cheese, and recent basil.

  • Drizzle dressing over the salad and calmly toss till mixed. Serve instantly.

Rooster: this recipe works nice with rotisserie hen. It’s additionally scrumptious with a flavorful grilled hen, like this lemon and garlic grilled hen. 
Oil: quite a lot of completely different oils work on this dressing. Olive oil lends a extra distinguished taste. A neutral-flavored oil can be used.
Cheese: to get cheese shavings (Parm or Asiago), I exploit my vegetable peeler and slice skinny strips from a block of cheese. 
Variations/Diversifications: cooked, crumbled bacon can be wonderful on this salad (will certainly try this any further). Additionally, many of the salad components do fairly nicely simply being eyeballed. Add roughly of any of them relying on what you might have readily available and the general vibe you’re in search of within the salad. 

Serving: 1 serving, Energy: 453kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 20g, Fats: 23g, Saturated Fats: 4g, Ldl cholesterol: 34mg, Sodium: 209mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 9g

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Recipe Supply: impressed by a recipe despatched to me by a reader, Heather J. (thanks, Heather!)

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