Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad with Chicken

When our temps soar, if only for one day, I only want foods are that cold.  I don't want heavy sauces and pasta or meats, I want light, cold salads.  This salad, Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad with Chicken, fits the bill. Of course, it has fruit, and  veggies, pasta, grilled chicken, and even fresh Basil from our patio. The dressing is a combination of Mayo with Olive oil and Greek yogurt, which is light with a tang from the yogurt, very refreshing.

The thing I like about salads is that you can add almost anything that you have in your fridge and pantry to make the salad.  I love Spinach and Kale, in salads, even pasta salads, and other veggies too, zucchini, carrots, cucumbers.  Nuts are good, too, especially walnuts, event though I didn't have any to put in this salad.I digress.  I don't know why I love walnuts so much, because they wreak so much havoc on our lawn with all of our walnut trees.  I can't believe that that the leaves and the walnuts are falling already. Boo!  Getting back to the salad, you can also vary the fruits, as well as the ingredients in the dressing. Oh, how could I forget the different pastas and quinoa you could choose. Your options are endless, when it comes to salad.  Serve salad on chilled plates to increase the chill factor.  Stay cool, and enjoy!

Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken
2 cups of Broccoli florets, washed
3/4 cup grapes, halved, if they are large
2 cups of cooked pasta of your choice, drained, and chilled
1/4 cup chopped fresh Basil
2 chicken breasts, grilled and sliced in chunks
Walnuts, chopped (optional)

1/2cup mayo with olive oil
1/2cup plain Greek yogurt

Combine  Salad ingredients in large bowl.  Then mix dressing ingredients in small bowl.  Pour over salad and chill.  Serve salad on chilled plates.

I linked up my recipe to Brandie's The Weekend Potluck #129  


  1. What a light and refreshing meal :D
    Great colours!

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. Looks perfect, love this type of recipe, this time of year.


  3. This does sound very refreshing for a hot day. I really like your dressing ingredients. My husband doesn't care for mayo to often, so I will give this a try!

  4. I will try it. Also, grapes benefits our health in various ways like prevent kidney disorders, cure blood cholesterol and Asthama.

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