Healthy Pasta Salad with Strawberry Poppy Seeds and Chicken

Healthy Pasta Salad with Strawberry Poppy Seeds and Chicken can be a healthy, low calorie, low fat dinner recipe or bring it to a potluck or BBQ as a side.

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Make it for dinner or bring as a side to a potluck. Strawberry Poppy Seed Healthy Pasta Salad with Chicken - Low Calorie, Low Fat Healthy Recipe

Finally the sister recipe to Caesar Pasta Salad with Chicken is ready for you.  Isn’t this healthy pasta salad pretty?  I love the colors in this salad from the red of the strawberries, to the purple of the onion, and the green of the lettuce mix.  Even the specks of black from the poppy seeds brings a nice contrast to this refreshing salad.  Plus this Healthy Pasta Salad with Strawberry Poppy Seeds and Chicken is a versatile recipe.

Have the salad for dinner, all major food groups are represented, or take it to a potluck or barbecue as a side.  Either way it is bound to be a hit.  One box of pasta can make a lot of pasta salad!  I cooked one box and made two different pasta recipes that would feed a crowd.  We were eating pasta salad for days and days. Oh it was sheer torture, no ecstasy.

Make it for dinner or bring as a side to a potluck. Strawberry Poppy Seed Pasta Salad with Chicken - Low Calorie, Low Fat Healthy Recipe

This healthy pasta salad is based on a spinach salad recipe a good friend gave to me years ago. She and her husband were living next to my parents, and both are the type of people who you instantly like the minute you meet them, warm, interesting and honestly interested in the world. Sadly her husband died a couple of weeks ago. We did not see them much, but when we did it was like picking up where we had left off. The world is short one incredibly nice, humble and genuine man. I count myself lucky to have known him.

Make it for dinner or bring as a side to a potluck. Strawberry Poppy Seed Pasta Salad with Chicken - Low Calorie, Low Fat Healthy Recipe

That is the thing about food. It isn’t always about the taste or a new flavor, sometimes what makes food the most special is the memories associated with it. His death is just a reminder to live life to the fullest and make more memories with your friends and family. This salad is so big, so invite your friends and family to share it. Make some wonderful memories that will last and count your blessings.

Make it for dinner or bring as a side to a potluck. Strawberry Poppy Seed Pasta Salad with Chicken - Low Calorie, Low Fat Healthy Recipe

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Healthy Pasta Salad with Strawberry Poppy Seeds and Chicken

Course Chicken, Main Dish, Salad
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 112 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp agave or honey
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken tenders
  • 1/2 box Barilla Penne
  • 1 1/2 cups super greens mix like kale, spinach, etc., julienned
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together first four ingredients. Slowly whisk in olive oil.
  2. Place chicken in a plastic bag and pour in 3 tbsp. dressing. Let the chicken sit for 30 minutes. (Put the remaining dressing in the refrigerator)
  3. Pour a little oil on a paper towel and rub over a grill pan. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Cook the chicken 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until fully cooked.
  5. Let cool slightly then thinly slice.
  6. Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook penne according to manufacture’s instructions. Drain.
  7. Pour penne into a bowl and stir in reserved dressing. Let cool.
  8. Add in the remaining ingredients and stir well.
  9. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

I calculated 3 Weight Watcher Smartpoints.

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Pasta Salad with Strawberry Poppy Seeds and Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 112 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 5g 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

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Comments

  1. Charlotte Moore says
    This looks delicious!!
  2. Um, there's no mention of poppy seeds in the recipe???
  3. Claudette Cameron says
    where is the poppy seed in this recipe? I love your recipes btw and so does my family....
  4. looks delicious, can't wait to try it!!!!
  5. The poppy seeds are not listed as an ingredient.
  6. I really want to make this strawberry poppyseed pasta salad with the chicken, however the recipe does not say anything about the poppyseed. Can you help please
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Debi, Thank you for pointing out the omission. I have fixed the recipe to include the poppy seeds
  7. Pasta and salad together? Wow! This is a great dish! And yes, the most special thing with food is the memories we have with it. I am loving the strawberries here and also the chicken. Delicious!
  8. Stephanie says
    Thoughts on replacing the grilled chicken with rotisserie chicken....only because I may be pressed for time. But I want the best taste, so I can make the grilled chicken happen.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Stephanie, In a pinch I would go with rotisserie chicken. If you have the time go for grilled. It will give you a lot more flavor! Hope you enjoy it and please let me know how it turns out for you. Christie
  9. GORGEOUS salad!! I love the combo of pasta, greens and strawberries (and the tiny bit of mustard sounds like a great flavor addition)!
  10. I would make this for a potluck but I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't be able to share it. It looks fantastic! I never would've thought to add poppy seeds to a salad. Yum!
  11. Whoa, whoa! This looks amazing!! And totally healthy and summer-loving!! Cannot wait to try!
  12. What a lovely summer salad! My mom loves this kind of thing- I'll be sure to send her the link!
  13. This looks terrific and it's perfect timing. I lost my strawberry/poppy seed dressing recipe which I had for many years. This will be a nice update. Thank you!
  14. Stephanie says
    This recipe was delicious! Even my dad, who rarely eats chicken and almost never eats pasta salad, couldn't stop heading back for more helpings. Will definitely make again and again. Light but tasty. Could add some more mixed greens, strawberries, and chicken.
  15. I am obsessed with strawberries and love adding them to my favorite meals. This pasta salad with chicken looks perfect for summer!
  16. Love this recipe! Classic combinations in a gorgeous salad!
  17. My family would devour this salad! Pinned, YUM!

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