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Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad is one of my favorite cold pasta salad dishes! Grilled chicken and colorful vegetables are tossed with pasta to create a tasty dish perfect for any occasion.
I am all about the EASY summer recipes. This dish falls smack dab into that category and is one of our go-to dinner ideas.
It is packed with grilled chicken and tomatoes and reminds me so much of a simple caprese. Best of all? My nine year old approves. Even when we add extra vegetables!
Chicken Pasta Salad
Tyson’s Grilled and Ready chicken helped make prep for this even easier. However, we make our own grilled chicken in large batches and it tastes just as delicious! You can go either way – Pre made chicken or homemade.
Ingredients for caprese pasta salad:
- Salad Supreme seasoning
- Italian dressing
- Grilled Chicken
The goal was for a caprese style pasta. I cubed some fresh mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, chopped fresh basil and tossed that with the chicken and rotini pasta. The simplicity of ingredients still makes for a flavor packed meal the entire family will love.
What can you put into a pasta salad?
One of the reasons I really love this recipe is that it is so versatile. You can add or take out any ingredient and will still have an amazing pasta recipe. Here are a few ideas of what you could add to the dish:
- red onion
- bell pepper
What kind of dressing should you use on a pasta salad?
For this caprese style pasta salad I recommend sticking with an Italian style dressing. You can pick your favorite and measure out 1 cup. Whisk in some salad seasoning and drizzle over your prepared ingredients.
Another tip is to keep a little extra dressing on hand. The flavors of all of the ingredients need time to blend together. The pasta could soak up some of the dressing so don’t be worried about adding another 1/2 a cup or so.
How to make Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad:
Combine the salad seasoning and dressing in a measuring cup. Whisk to combine.
In a large bowl, toss together the tomatoes, mozzarella, chicken, and pasta. Drizzle the dressing over the top and mix to combine. Sprinkle with chopped basil if using.
Refrigerate 4 hours or up to overnight. Add additional dressing if needed.
Like this recipe? You will love my:
- 2 Tablespoons Salad Supreme seasoning
- 1 cup Italian style salad dressing
- 2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese cubes
- 2 cups grilled chicken , cubed
- 1/2 lb pasta, cooked and cooled
- fresh basil, optional
- Combine the salad seasoning and dressing in a measuring cup. Whisk to combine.
- In a large bowl, toss together the tomatoes, mozzarella, chicken, and pasta. Drizzle the dressing over the top and mix to combine. Sprinkle with chopped basil if using.
- Refrigerate 4 hours or up to overnight. Add additional dressing if needed.