Side Dish | September 14, 2020

Grilled Chicken Summer Pasta Salad Recipe

Tender pasta, juicy grilled chicken, salty green olives, spicy pepper jack, bright tomato, and fresh broccoli come together with Italian dressing in this delicious Grilled Chicken Summer Pasta Salad Recipe.  Whip this dish up ahead of time for a no-fuss meal.

Summer pasta salad recipe in a metal baking tray. There is a bowl of dressing to the side as well as 3 forks. The pan is placed on top of a wooden cutting board.

Grilled Chicken Summer Pasta Salad Recipe

Pasta salads are a traditional pot luck item.  They are most commonly served as a side dish, but this Grilled Chicken Summer Pasta Salad Recipe can be served as a meal as well.  It contains a starch, protein, vegetable, and fat – making it a rounded meal.  Pasta salads contain pasta and other ingredients tossed in a dressing.

Summer pasta salad recipe in a metal baking tray. There is a bowl of dressing to the side as well as 3 forks.

What Do I Need To Make Summer Pasta Salad?

You’ll need to add the following to your grocery list:

  • chicken breast
  • Mezzetta Spanish Manzanilla Olives
  • pepperjack cheese
  • broccoli
  • cherry or grape tomatoes
  • corkscrew pasta
  • montreal style seasoning
  • italian dressing

Ingredients needed for pasta salad - pasta, chicken, olives, tomatoes, cheese, broccoli, and dressing - all placed in a baking sheet.

How Do I Prepare Pasta Salad from scratch?

  1. Cook pasta according to the package directions.  Rinse.
  2. Prepare chicken by sprinkling with Montreal style seasoning.
  3. Grill chicken over medium heat, until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees fahrenheit, flipping once.
  4. Let chicken rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
  5. Cut broccoli into florets and steam until tender.
  6. Cut cheese into 1/2 inch cubes.
    How to make pasta salad - boil pasta, prepare and grill chicken, steam broccoli, dice cheese.
  7. In a large bowl, add pasta.
  8. Add broccoli.
  9. Throw in cherry tomatoes, sliced if you like.
  10. Add cubed cheese.
  11. Drain olives, and add to bowl.
  12. Toss with Italian dressing, and add sliced chicken to the top.
    How to assemble pasta salad, in a bowl add pasta, broccoli, tomato, cheese, and olives. Toss with dressing.

Summer Pasta Salad Q&A

What do you eat with pasta salad?

Pasta salad can be served alone, or as a side dish.  Try it with Santa Maria Tri tip, or Smoked Chicken.

Should I serve summer pasta salad hot or cold?

You can do either!  It can also be served at room temp.

pouring dressing over pasta salad

Can I make this dish ahead?

You can make grilled chicken summer pasta salad up tp 24 hours in advance.  Refrigerate until served.

How long will pasta salad last in the fridge.

Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Should I rinse the pasta?

I prefer to rinse the pasta after cooking.  This brings the temperature down a bit and also removes some of the gluten goo that is left in the water.

A close up of summer pasta salad in a metal baking dish.

Do you have other BBQ side dishes?

We sure do – if you are looking for a bbq side dish, try out:

Summer Corn Salad

Asparagus Salad

Country Cole Slaw

An overhead shot of grilled chicken pasta salad. The salad is placed in a metal baking dish. There is a small bowl of olives to the side, as well as pepper and basil leaves.

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Summer pasta salad recipe in a metal baking tray. There is a bowl of dressing to the side as well as 3 forks. The pan is placed on top of a wooden cutting board.
Grilled Chicken Summer Pasta Salad Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

The flavors are perfect and the texture is divine!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilled chicken pasta salad, healthy pasta salad
Servings: 8
Calories: 323 kcal
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • McCormick Montreal Chicken seasoning
  • 1 lb tri-color cork screw pasta
  • 1 block of pepper jack cheese cubed
  • 2 cups broccoli chopped steamed
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved,
  • 7 oz jar of green olives drained
  • 3/4 bottle of store bought Italian dressing
  • Instructions
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain.
  2. Meanwhile, generously season the chicken with the Montreal Chicken seasoning.
  3. Grill chicken until juices run clear.
  4. Cut chicken into half inch cubes.
  5. Combine pasta, grilled chicken, cheese, broccoli, tomatoes, and olives.
  6. Toss together with dressing.
  7. Chill in the fridge until served.
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Chicken Summer Pasta Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 c)
Calories 323 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 466mg20%
Potassium 458mg13%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 347IU7%
Vitamin C 25mg30%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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