Sunday, June 26, 2011

Chicken Pasta Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing

Seems I have gotten off the track again and not been blogging as consistently as I planned to. I will blame it on summer though! With school out and the weather being so nice I am not inside all that much. The beach last week was great. My son swam and swam in the water and thoroughly enjoyed riding the waves! It was cold but not as cold as I thought it would be. I promised him I would get in the water next time. Hopefully the water will be a bit warmer and I won't chicken out. I FINALLY found a bathing suit. There is not much worse as far as I'm concerned than looking for a new bathing suit. Ugh! Mirrors do not lie and 54 years old is not pretty anymore. I don't care what anyone says about age being a "state of mind." When it's time to shop for a bathing suit age is just plain age. I'm just glad the "search" is over.
This is a chicken salad my husband made a few weeks back and it's definitely "blog worthy." A really nice twist on the usual chicken salad since this uses Greek Fat Free yogurt. It has a wonderful and refreshing lemon taste to it. I hope you give this a try because it really is delicious!
2 containers (6 oz each) Yoplait Greek Fat Free honey vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup milk
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons poppy seed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
2 cups uncooked penne or rotini pasta
2 cups diced cooked chicken
2 cups baby spinach leaves
1 cup seedless grapes, halved
1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
In small bowl, mix dressing ingredients using wire whisk until well blended. Cover; refrigerate until ready to use.
Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Rinse with cold water; drain.
In large bowl, mix cooked pasta, chicken, spinach, grapes and celery. Stir dressing; pour over salad and toss gently to coat. Refrigerate at least one hour before serving. Stir in almonds, reserving 2 tablespoons for garnish, if desired.
This recipe comes from Betty Crocker.


Katherine Aucoin said...

That's right, we're both 19 and make them hate us because we rock in a bathing suit! lol!!! Debbie, a salad! You're my go to for baked sweets and now you rock a salad! {ass the coffee pot, you have no limits!!!


Julie said...

I love the lemoney aspect sounds great in this it!

Jenn said...

Glad you are enjoying your summer! And glad that the weather has been so nice. We went from nice to ungodly hot in like a day. It's been 112-114 lately here. Oh, sure, it's a dry heat, but it's still really really hot!! :)
The pasta salad looks great.. love the lemon dressing with this!

Cheryl said...

Wow that sounds yummy, I love pasta salads and adding chicken, you cant go wrong!

The Blonde Duck said...

I love chicken salad!

Mary said...

This really does look delicious. I'd loved to have joined you for this. I hope you have a great evening. Blessings...Mary

The Blonde Duck said...

I just had to tell you I've been craving chicken salad ever since I saw this!

Donna-FFW said...

Debbie- This sounds like an absolutely fabulous chicken salad. The yogurt must add such flavor. I love all the add ins as well.

Joanne said...

It sounds like you've been enjoying life and that is what I like to hear! this chicken pasta salad sounds delicious! Perfect for one of these summer days in the sun.

Barbara Bakes said...

What a great way to lighten up chicken salad. I couldn't agree more about buying swimming suits!

The Blonde Duck said...

I hope you had a good 4th!

The Blonde Duck said...

Hope you're doing well!