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This Lemon Chicken Pasta Salad is perfect potluck dish to bring to picnics and barbecues, or just as a fresh and light lunch any day of the week.

Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta Salad - Chicken Salad with Pasta and a tangy, creamy lemon and Greek yogurt dressing.

I love pasta salads, I love chicken salads and I love lemon, so why not marry those ideas together in one creamy pasta salad!?

Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta Salad - Chicken Salad with Pasta and a tangy, creamy lemon and Greek yogurt dressing.

I’m kind of obsessed with Greek Yogurt so of course that’s the base for the dressing. There is also fresh lemon, shredded or chunks of chicken, celery, toasted almonds, green onions and parsley. It’s so easy to whip up, and you could easily add/omit things as you like. At first taste I felt like there wasn’t enough lemon, then I added more and was a little heavy-handed. You can play around with the flavors to come up with a profile that suits your fancy.

Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta Salad - Chicken Salad with Pasta and a tangy, creamy lemon and Greek yogurt dressing.

Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta Salad - Chicken Salad with Pasta and a tangy, creamy lemon and Greek yogurt dressing.

I made this salad for myself and enjoyed it for lunch several times, but you could also double the recipe and take it to a potluck or barbecue. The toasted almonds and celery give the salad a nice crunch, while the lemon and parsley really brighten it up. It’s the best thing I’ve eaten in a long time!

Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta Salad - Chicken Salad with Pasta and a tangy, creamy lemon and Greek yogurt dressing.

Recipe
A bowl of Chicken Pasta salad

Lemon Chicken Pasta Salad

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This Lemon Chicken Pasta Salad is perfect potluck dish to bring to picnics and barbecues, or just as a fresh and light lunch any day of the week.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 3 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 2 cups cooked small pasta (like rotini or bowtie)
  • 1 lemon
  • 6 ounces plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
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Instructions
 

  • Toast almonds on a cookie sheet with sides in a 350 degree oven for about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  • Combine ingredients (except lemon) together in a medium sized bowl.
  • Zest about half of the lemon into the bowl. Slice the lemon in half and squeeze juice from one half into the salad and stir to combine. Taste, and add more lemon juice, salt or pepper as desired.
  • Serve immediately or reserve in the refrigerator for up to two days and serve chilled.

Notes

I think small pasta shapes are the best for salad as they easily fit on a fork.
Keyword chicken pasta salad, lemon chicken pasta

Nutrition

Calories: 522kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 39gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 548mgPotassium: 503mgFiber: 5gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 324IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 173mgIron: 3mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of "Yellow Bliss Road" is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

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Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta Salad - Chicken Salad with Pasta and a tangy, creamy lemon and Greek yogurt dressing.

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Bahee Van de Bor says:

    GORGEOUS PICS! I love the fact that you used yoghurt to make the pasta and chicken salad with lemon. What a lovely summery idea. I think I will try this x