Poppy Seed Chicken and Grape Pasta Salad

June 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!

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

More Summer Recipes You’ll Love

Poppy Seed Chicken and Grape Pasta Salad

5 from 7 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!

Servings: 9
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 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)


  • 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


  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*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 249mg11%
Potassium 356mg10%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 145IU3%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 81mg8%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pasta Salad
Author: Jaclyn
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Fisher nuts. The opinions and text are all mine.

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  • 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

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I’m so glad your family has enjoyed this recipe Kat! Thanks for your comment!

  • 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!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      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 :).

  • 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?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      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.

  • Diana

    Hello Jaclyn, looks delicious. Could l use just Greek yogurt,as l don’t all the calories with mayonnaise thanks

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      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.

  • 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 delicious????

  • 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.

  • 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’ !!

  • denise

    This looks delish and I want to make it today. I have no yogurt. Can I just use more mayo ?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Yes more mayo would be fine (with maybe a little milk), sour cream could probably be used as well.