Shari Duncan

Chunked Chicken PastaSalad with Olives

by on Jul.18, 2010, under General Nutrition, Recipes

Leftover grilled or baked chicken? Why not make a quick but hearty cool summer salad ?

Start with chicken and whole grain pasta and add whatever veggies you already have in your fridge.  The dressing  is a healthy combo of non-fat greek yogurt and light italian dressing (olive oil & vinegar).

Here is one variation, but you  be as creative as you wish with your mix-ins as your pantry/ refrigerator will allow!

Mix together the following ingredients in large mixing bowl.

2-3 cups leftover grilled or baked chicken breasts, diced

Leftover Chicken, Pasta... Great beginning for a great cool summer meal.

Leftover Chicken, Pasta... Great beginning for a great cool summer meal.

2 cups whole grain penne (or any other) pasta, cooked.

1/2 large red or green bell pepper, diced

1 large salad tomato, diced

8-10 pitted kalamata  olive, sliced in halves

1 tablespoon sliced green olives with pimento

**Add other veggies such as chopped red onion, celery, broccoli or whatever you may have on hand.


Combine together:

2 TBSP plain greek yogurt

2TBSP  Light Italian or vinaigrette salad dressing. (I used Good Seasons Garlic/Herb made with Olive oil and Balsamic Vinegar)

Salt & Pepper


Garlic Powder.

Add dressing to salad ingredients.  Mix well, cover and refrigerate to blend flavors.

Serve over mixed Salad greens.

Plain nonfat GREEK yogurt is a great mayonnaise substitute!

Great Substitute for higher fat Mayonnaise

Great Substitute for higher fat Mayonnaise

Choosing plain, nonfat Greek yogurt as a substitute for mayonnaise further improves the nutritional value of your recipes in addition to reducing the fat and calories!

  • 1 Tablespoon of mayonnaise = 100 calories, 10 grams fat
  • 6 Ounces (1 small container) of Greek yogurt = ~100 calories, 0 fat grams and adds up to 20 grams of protein!
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