Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad

Who wants to do anything?  I just want to play, and that’s all I’ve been doing…
with some of my water-lovin’ grand kiddies! 

This little one splashed and splashed…

played in the sand…

and was all smiles, having the time of his life… until it was time to get out!

It was hot and sunny and the shimmering water was heavenly!

Relaxed and having such fun together, the days just flew by!

Each one is such a gift…We returned home tonight and I’m missing them like crazy.

 When it’s hot and I’m sad, I need of a little summer comfort food.  A fresh, salad always hits the spot!

Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad

shared by one of my sweet neighbors, is a real treat.  You’ll need…

 6 to 8 grilled chicken breast…let it rest a couple minutes and then slice…

Bow tie pasta…All you have to do is bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Add the pasta, cover and remove from the heat and let it sit for 10 minutes.  It cooks perfectly every time!  Drain, rinse and cool.

baby spinach…and these yummy veggies and mandarin oranges…

and to kick it up a lot…

and to dress it…

along with sugar, (or stevia, it works well), salt and pepper.

 Throw it all together, toss it, top with sliced chicken and sprinkle with a few peanuts.

Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad
  • 16 ounces bow tie pasta, cooked and drained
  • 6 to 8 grilled chicken breast, sliced
  • 15 ounce mandarin oranges, drained
  • 6 ounce water chestnuts, sliced
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 10 ounce spinach, stems trimmed
  • 3/4 cup honey roasted peanuts
  • 6 ounces dry cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
For dressing:
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 6 Tbsp. sugar or stevia equivalent
  • 2/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2/3 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper

Combine dressing and let chill.  Throw everything (but the dressing and grilled chicken) in a large bowl.  Let it chill too.  Just before serving, toss with dressing, and top with warm grilled chicken.  Serve and enjoy!


About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy

    GORGEOUS! It looks delicious! All the stuff I love (except the craisins, I know, I’m terrible!) I’d love it if you’d come link this great recipe to Topsy Turvy Tuesdays!

  2. eileeninmd

    Wonderful photos, the kids are all cute and look like they are having a great time playing in the water. The recipe sounds delicious.

  3. Happier Than a Pig in Mud

    Looks like everyone had a great time, what a fun family photo up top! This salad sounds very flavorful, and colorful!

  4. LDH

    Seeing those sweet faces is a great way to start the day! Precious ~ everyone!

  5. Debbie

    First of all, the “THE END” picture is the cutest little thing! It made me scrinch my shoulders! I love all of your pictures. You sure are blessed with a gorgeous family. So glad you had a wonderful time with them!

    You also have the best salads in blogland. Please keep them coming. The daughter and I are having the tuna one today. I can have the husband grill up a bunch of chicken to try this one next. I LOVE your salads.

  6. furygirl3132

    Looks like everyone had a ton of fun and that salad looks delicious, thanks so much for the recipe and the detailed pictures. Love “The End” picture, too cute and funny!

    I am a new follower from Welcome Wednesday, so glad to have found your blog and I look forward to reading more. Have a wonderful Wednesday!


  7. Jacqueline

    They do look amazingly similar, but yours has some extra goodies added in. I will have to try this one too. I love your grandkids photos playing in the water. How much fun. It is so great to be with the little ones and watch their faces light up with joy.

  8. Marianne

    What a beautiful family and what yummy looking recipes. Can’t wait to try them and see what else you’ve got under your hat!

    I’m following from Welcome Wednesday.

    Lucy’s Human

  9. Jennifer

    I just want to move right in to your blog post! It all looks wonderful!

  10. Always Nesting

    Love that salad recipe!

    Your grands are absolutely adorable!!!! You are so lucky to get those precious memories with them.

  11. Julie

    What beautiful memories and such cute grandkids! I love your photographs!

    Now to the salad, amazing! Can’t wait to try this one!!!

  12. Mary

    What wonderful family photos. I often comment on how devastatingly quiet the house seems after the family leaves. That last photo is precious. I loved your pasta salad and hope you are are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  13. Jacqueline

    I want to try yours too. I will be giving the river bottoms restaurant a try. Hadn’t even heard of it. Our house looks down on Riverwoods so it is right down the hill. Thanks for the tip.

  14. Lisa

    Looks yummy! I LOVE pasta salad especially in the summer and I’m always looking for new & unique recipes to try. Thanks for the idea!

  15. BigBearswife

    I love chicken and mandarin oranges!!!!!!!

  16. ButterYum

    You’re quite a talented photographer. Wonderful photos. Happy Foodie Friday!!


  17. cathleen

    This looks absolutely DELICIOUS!!! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  18. Jill

    Looks delish!! Definitely getting bookmarked!

  19. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace

    Great looking salad!! And, lots of fun with family. Thanks for the recipe and linking to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.

  20. Jerri

    Great pictures. I especially love the group photo. And your salad looks delicious!


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