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Strawberry-Chicken Pasta Salad

When I figured out how to re-create this restaurant dish at home, my family was so excited. For a different spin, use raspberries or peaches instead of strawberries. —Jane Ozment, Purcell, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Grill: 15 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 1 package (10 ounces) hearts of romaine salad mix
  • 1 cup cooked gemelli or spiral pasta
  • 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup glazed pecans


  • Place strawberries, sugar, vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a blender; cover and process until smooth. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Refrigerate until serving.
  • Sprinkle chicken with remaining salt and pepper; grill, covered, on an oiled rack over medium heat until a thermometer reads 165°. 6-8 minutes on each side.
  • Cut chicken into slices. Divide salad mix among four plates; top with pasta, onion, chicken and strawberries. Drizzle with vinaigrette; sprinkle with pecans.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 450 calories, 20g fat (3g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 492mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 4g fiber), 39g protein.

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  • justmbeth
    Aug 24, 2020

    Light and refreshing with a flavorful dressing. I did add some of my favorite seasonings to the chicken, besides the salt and pepper.

  • anita
    Jul 2, 2018

    so easy

  • test
    Jul 2, 2018

    So easy to make.

  • tohusername
    Jul 2, 2018

    Love Test Kitchen Approved recipes!

  • DianeC23
    May 24, 2015

    Not bad, but the pasta wasn't a great fit. It was pretty good. I used some pre-cooked chicken, which cut down the prep time.

  • Queenlalisa
    Apr 6, 2015

    I made this and the dressing was very tasty. I think it would have been better without the pasta. Next time I will add some fresh baby spinach instead of the pasta.

  • akangel1955
    Apr 29, 2014

    I would leave out the pasta. I'm not a fan of cold pasta. The rest looks and sounds amazing. I'm going to try it tomorrow.