Poppy Seed Chicken and Grape Pasta Salad

06.26.2017

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! 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. I served this with baby back ribs and my husband couldn’t have been happier!

Poppy Seed Chicken and Grape Pasta Salad

Poppy Seed Chicken and Grape Pasta Salad

One of the main highlights of this pasta salad is the sliced almonds, so don’t leave them out! They add just the right crunch and flavor, and isn’t it nice to have some nuts in a pasta salad for a change?? For this recipe I used Fisher Sliced Almonds. They are a trusted go-to brand for me. 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!

Poppy Seed Chicken Grape Pasta Salad

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. 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. You can even make this a day an advance and it’s still delicious. Also, I recommend using crisp grapes here, none of those gross squishy ones. Yes I’m that weird lady at the grocery store that is squeezing grapes to make sure I get a fresh crisp batch :). I know I can be too picky about things but why pay money for mediocre food?

Add this poppy seed pasta salad to your summer menu! I’m guessing it will be a hit at your next barbecue. I know I’m in love!

Poppy Seed Chicken and Grape Pasta Salad

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Poppy Seed Chicken and Grape Pasta Salad

Servings: 8

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. Drain then rinse with cold water and let drain completely. Set aside and let cool.

    For the dressing:

    In a mixing bowl whisk together Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, vinegar, honey, sugar, poppy seeds and 1/2 salt. 

    Add drained pasta to a salad bowl. Add in chicken, grapes, celery, almonds, green onions and cranberries then pour dressing over top and toss to evenly coat. Season with more salt to taste and toss. 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.

    Recipe source: Cooking Classy

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20 comments

  • denise: This looks delish and I want to make it today. I have no yogurt. Can I just use more mayo ? June 27, 2017 at 12:23pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes more mayo would be fine (with maybe a little milk), sour cream could probably be used as well. June 27, 2017 at 12:26pm Reply

  • denise: Made this tonight and it won’t be the last time. It was delish ! Even fussy hubby said to make it again. Thanks for this ‘keeper’ !! June 28, 2017 at 3:49am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Denise! June 28, 2017 at 11:44am Reply

  • Sandra L.: Grapes, pasta and poppy seed dressing what more can you ask for. I can’t wait to make this and my grandson (age 13) wants it right now.

    Will have to change out the yogurt as I am severely allergic to it. Maybe extra mayo and a dab of sour cream. June 28, 2017 at 10:42am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Sandra! I hope you like it! June 28, 2017 at 11:41am Reply

  • Juliana Ramsey: This looks amazing! My sister wants me to make this for the 4th of July! Thought I should tell you that you put “white vine” instead of white wine in the recipe. Seriously looks deliciousđź’• June 28, 2017 at 3:48pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for letting me know! I hope your family loves this! June 28, 2017 at 7:00pm Reply

  • Diana: Hello Jaclyn, looks delicious. Could l use just Greek yogurt,as l don’t all the calories with mayonnaise thanks June 29, 2017 at 12:40am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You could probably get away with substituting a little more Greek yogurt for some of the mayo but I definitely wouldn’t recommend all of it, it would be lacking in flavor and creaminess. You could try substituting light mayo for the full fat it just won’t be as rich. July 9, 2017 at 11:14am Reply

  • Judy: I couldn’t wait to make this recipe- once I started I realized I was missing a few ingredients- no poppy seeds, no green onions, no acv and no greek yogurt, hmmm… Used sweet white onion, lemon juice and sour cream as substitutes. It still came out amazing- thanks Jaclyn for yet another superb recipe!!! :)
    p.s. My sesame seeds went bad- do you have another substitute that might mirror the poppy seeds? June 29, 2017 at 1:17pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you enjoyed it and were able to work with what you had on hand! Like you say sesame seeds are the next best thing to poppy seeds so I can’t thing of another good substitute. You could add unsalted sunflower seeds for a little crunch. I know the tiny little jars of poppy seeds are expensive. I started buying the really big jars of poppy seeds – some grocery stores sell them for like $5 or you can buy them cheap in the bulk bins in some grocery stores. I make poppy seed pancakes and poppy seed dressing a lot so we go through them pretty quick. July 9, 2017 at 11:17am Reply

  • Shelly Bennett: I made this today, and it tasted as good as it looked in your picture! I ate 2 bowls of it already! This will definitely be a salad I make often. I’ve made quite a few recipes of yours, and they have all been great! You need to publish a cookbook! Your recipes and pictures are the best! Thanks for sharing! June 30, 2017 at 8:15pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe and others Shelly! Thank you so much for the compliment! Hopefully I can find time in the near future to write a cookbook :). July 9, 2017 at 11:10am Reply

  • Kat: This is a must pasta salad in our household if I ask what kind pasta salad do you all want they ask for this one its so simple & delicious thumbs up for the lovely recipe an all July 8, 2017 at 5:30am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad your family has enjoyed this recipe Kat! Thanks for your comment! July 9, 2017 at 11:18am 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

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

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

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