Poppy Seed Chicken and Grape Pasta Salad

06.26.2017

Poppy Seed Chicken and Grape Pasta Salad is a fun and flavorful pasta salad to add to your lunch or dinner menu! You get tender bowtie pasta, hearty pieces of chicken, sweet grapes, crisp celery and crunchy almonds all coated with an irresistible creamy poppy seed dressing. It’s just so good!

Pasta Salad with Chicken Grapes and Poppy Seed Dressing

Pasta Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

This year I’ve been allll about those pasta salads! I didn’t fully appreciate them until the last few years so I guess I’m just catching up.

And now I’m thinking of fun pasta salad flavors I’ve never tried before, like this perfectly delicious Poppy Seed Chicken and Grape Pasta Salad!

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I’ll always go for a good poppy seed dressing when it’s an option so I knew it would be good added to a pasta salad, I also really love this Poppy Seed Chicken Salad recipe of mine.

So I combined those two ideas together and here you are left with a perfectly summery super tasty pasta salad! It’s such a great side dish to serve at all your summer cookouts.

Pasta Salad with Chicken Grapes and Poppy Seed Dressing

Don’t Leave Out the Almonds!

For this recipe I used Fisher Sliced Almonds and they are a key ingredient here. I love that they are preservative free and I also love the resealable packaging that helps them stay fresh!

My family likes to snack on them plus we add them to so many things.

My husbands favorite way to use them is in his protein smoothies, they blend up easily and they give it a creamy texture and make it more filling. And one of my favorite way to use them is in salads, like so.

I love that they are thinly sliced so you get that perfect thin bite with each piece for multiple layers of crunch!

How do I Make this Poppy Seed Chicken Pasta Salad?

  • Cook pasta, drain and rinse then set aside to cool.
  • Whisk together dressing ingredients in a bowl.
  • To a salad bowl add drained pasta, chicken, grapes, celery, almonds, green onions and cranberries.
  • Pour dressing over and toss to coat, season with salt and pepper.
  • Chill at least 30 minutes.

Allow Time for the Pasta Salad to Rest

Once you add the dressing there will seem like there’s too much, there’s not, it just needs time to rest and allow the pasta to absorb some of the dressing. So be sure to give it at least 30 minutes to rest.

Poppy Seed Chicken Grape Pasta Salad

Can I Reduce the Sugar?

If you aren’t generally a big fan of the sweetness of poppy seed dressing then you can reduce the sugar or even omit it in this recipe. But I liked the unique sweetness it gave this pasta salad, plus it gives it that traditional flavor of poppy seed dressing.

Can I Make it Ahead of Time?

You can make this a day an advance and it’s still so delicious. That’s one of the great things about most pasta salads is that they can be made ahead.

Pasta Salad with Chicken Grapes and Poppy Seed Dressing

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Poppy Seed Chicken and Grape Pasta Salad

5 from 2 votes

In this delicious pasta salad you'll find tender bowtie pasta, hearty pieces of chicken, sweet grapes, crisp celery and crunchy almonds all coated with an irresistible creamy poppy seed dressing. It's just so good!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pasta Salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 9
Calories: 394 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 10 oz. bow tie pasta (about 4 cups)
  • 2 cups cooked and cooled, diced chicken breasts (I used rotisserie)
  • 12 oz. red grapes halved (about 2 cups)
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 3/4 cup Fisher Sliced Almonds
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions green portion
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries (optional)

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup fat free plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup full fat mayonnaise
  • 3 Tbsp white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt then more to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta to al dente in salted boiling water according to directions on package. 

  2. Drain then rinse with cold water and let drain completely. Set aside and let cool.
  3. In a mixing bowl whisk together Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, vinegar, honey, sugar, poppy seeds and 1/2 salt.

  4. Add drained pasta to a salad bowl along with chicken, grapes, celery, almonds, green onions and cranberries.

  5. Pour dressing over top and toss to evenly coat. Season with more salt to taste and toss. 

  6. Chill at least 30 minutes (and up to 1 day) before serving (this allows some time for the pasta to absorb the dressing and time for the flavors to meld). Serve chilled.
  7. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Nutrition Facts
Poppy Seed Chicken and Grape Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 394 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 249mg 10%
Potassium 356mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 46g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 19g
Protein 16g 32%
Vitamin A 2.9%
Vitamin C 3.2%
Calcium 8.1%
Iron 8.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Fisher nuts. The opinions and text are all mine.

25 comments

  • Miros: The perfect pasta salad for my husband and myself thank you May 20, 2018 at 12:54pm Reply

  • Cheryl Garcia: I love, LOVE, LOVE this salad! Grapes were more expensive than I would’ve liked but wanted to follow the recipe and do not regret it one bit. Best part, my kids don’t like poppyseed. Salads all mine (evil laugh) May 16, 2018 at 3:21pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Win! May 17, 2018 at 10:46am Reply

  • Pat Malinowski: My husband and I loved this salad, and I will make it again. I’m passing the recipe along to my neighbor! April 20, 2018 at 6:32pm Reply

  • Judy: This looks so delicious! I have a birthday party to go to this weekend and was thinking I may make this but leave out the chicken (we have a few vegetarians in the family). April 18, 2018 at 7:56pm Reply

  • Tanisha S: Hi I hate mayonnaise so what can I use instead? October 24, 2017 at 1:52am Reply

  • vivian: I have Marzetti poppy seed dressing can I use that instead of home made? August 16, 2017 at 5:56pm Reply

  • Molly: I have to confess that I haven’t been the biggest fan of pasta pasta salads but that changed tonight! The picture of your Poppy Seed Chicken and Grape Pasta Salad caught my eye so we tried it for dinner – rave reviews from the peanut gallery! What a taste treat! I’m thinking of adding in some apple for extra crunch the next time I make it. Thanks for sharing – I’m excited to try some of your other recipes. July 11, 2017 at 11:36pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad your family enjoyed it Molly! July 12, 2017 at 11:09am Reply

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