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Zesty Chicken Pasta Salad

Combining the coolness of a salad and the zesty seasonings of pizza, this salad is perfect for a summer get together. Megan Moore, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Cook: 20 min.
  • Makes
    14 servings


  • 1 package (12 ounces) tricolor spiral pasta
  • 2 cups cubed part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 cans (2-1/4 ounces each) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 6 green onions, sliced
  • 1 package (3-1/2 ounces) sliced pepperoni, halved
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Cook pasta according to package directions; rinse with cold water and drain well. In a large serving bowl, combine the cheese, chicken, peppers, mushrooms, olives, green onions, pepperoni and pasta.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Toss before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 300 calories, 17g fat (5g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 415mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 14g protein.

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  • katlaydee3
    Jul 18, 2015

    Great pasta salad! I made this for a potluck barbecue at work. I left out the mushrooms because I don't like them. Also, because I prepared this the night before; I made double the amount of dressing and put half on as directed. I saved the remaining dressing and stirred it in right before serving. This worked out really good as the pasta always seems to soak up the dressing as it sits.

  • tampacooks
    Sep 15, 2014

    DELICIOUS! This will become my "go to" recipe for potlucks and BBQ. It would taste great without chicken, too. The only change I made was to add cherry tomatoes and left the mushrooms out, but it's a flexible recipe as far as ingredients are concerned. Cook the pasta al dente. Tastes just as good the next day.

  • Ladybrinx
    Jun 8, 2014

    This is SUPER good, I made it to take to a potluck an people were asking for the recipe. I used turkey pepperoni and left out the chicken. It is SO good!

  • havingfunwithmyfamily
    May 29, 2014

    This was delicious! Of course, my vegetable supply was low, so I substituted a few things. I used jalapeno, instead of sweet peppers, and used gouda in place of mozzarella! This is a great base for just about any tipe of vegetable you like!

  • ahmom
    Mar 29, 2013

    This was very good! I cut the recipe down for one meal. I forgot the mushrooms but it was still good.

  • Uglyqueen
    Aug 27, 2010

    Delicious!!! Disappears quickly!!!

  • hmast
    May 26, 2010

    good with fresh mozzarella chunks

  • srmatyas
    Feb 7, 2010

    My husband made this for a family outing and it was a big hit. Quick and easy to make and it tastes so good. We put cubed ham in and 1/2 the amount of chicken. Great for a summer potlock and great leftovers too!

  • yummy7
    Sep 29, 2009

    you can also add some additional cubed cheese choices such as cheddar and even sliced and drained water chestnuts for crunch!

  • claudia0630
    Sep 6, 2008

    This is wonderful! We had it at a party and EVERYONE loved it!