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#ad Best Pasta Salad for Picnics and Potlucks

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This is one of my favorite pasta salads to take to potlucks, picnics, and make for easy weeknight meals. It is a salad that is requested frequently by friends and family. I recently made it to take to a friend who just had a baby, as I know that it is light and can be a main dish or a side dish. I love this pasta salad as a quick and easy, better-for-you recipe.


I also love this recipe because it is really easy to modify. You can add so many variations of veggies broccoli, zucchini, grape tomatoes, green peppers, the options are endless! I want to try making it sometime with tri color rotini. Also, this would taste great with almost any cheese including feta, mozzarella, cheddar, or pepperjack. Yum!


The ingredients in this recipe are simple, easy, and inexpensive. I use  Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing, pepperoni, Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken Breast Strips (which make this recipe SO easy and well-balanced with protein!), mild cheddar cheese, red onion, marinated artichoke hearts, black olives, and tomato to make a super delicious and savory one-bowl dish with enough veggies and protein to satisfy any crowd. I got all my ingredients at King Soopers Kroger store and saved a ton using my rewards program.


We are trying our best to stick to meal planning in 2016. I have added this to my potluck and easy weeknight meal planning calendar because it is so easy and feeds tons of people. I also love all of the fresh ingredients. I think this would also taste awesome on top of some lettuce or spinach.


4.7 from 3 reviews
#ad Best Pasta Salad with chicken, pepperoni, and Italian dressing
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Serves: 16 servings
  • 1 16 oz package rotini (spiral) pasta
  • 3 cups tomatoes, washed and diced
  • 8 oz Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken Breast Strips
  • 8 oz mild cheddar cheese
  • 3 oz pepperoni, chopped
  • 6 oz can large black olives, diced
  • 6 oz artichoke hearts, drained and rinsed and chopped
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 8-10 oz Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil on high heat. Add pasta slowly and cook 8-10 minutes or until al dente. Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water.
  2. Prepare Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken Breast Strips in the microwave on high for 2 minutes. Cut into ½ inch peices.
  3. In the meantime, chop up your tomatoes, cheese, olives, artichoke hearts, and onion.
  4. Add everything to a large bowl, toss in the pasta and cooked chicken.
  5. Add 4 oz Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing to pasta sauce immediately, and add the other 4-6 ounces just before serving.

What are your favorite easy, weeknight meals to cook?

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  • Reply Mae

    I LOVE pasta salad! I need to try this recipe, thanks for sharing.

    January 7, 2016 at 12:12 pm
    • Reply Tiffany

      You are welcome! If you try it let me know how it comes out!

      January 7, 2016 at 12:55 pm
  • Reply JanetGoingCrazy

    This salad looks outstanding! I love pasta salad and Italian dressing is my favorite. [client]

    January 7, 2016 at 12:45 pm
    • Reply Tiffany

      Thanks Janet! I love italian dressing, too!

      January 7, 2016 at 12:55 pm
  • Reply Marty@A Stroll Thru Life

    Oh I love these kinds of recipes and this one I will definitely try.

    January 7, 2016 at 3:54 pm
    • Reply Tiffany

      Thanks Marty! I hope you like it!

      January 12, 2016 at 3:16 pm
  • Reply Cris of Kiss My Tulle

    Always looking a tasty and easy pasta salad for last minute family get-togethers! Thank you!

    January 8, 2016 at 10:26 am
    • Reply Tiffany

      You are welcome!

      January 12, 2016 at 3:16 pm
  • Reply Jessica H.

    Pasta salad is something we love in my house! I like that you added grilled chicken to your pasta salad. I might have to give that a try!

    January 8, 2016 at 12:28 pm
  • Reply Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama

    I just LOVE a good pasta salad! And I love how quickly & easily this one comes together. 🙂 Looks delicious!

    January 9, 2016 at 5:51 am
  • Reply Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    I love when someone makes pasta salad for picnics but I’ve never made it myself! I’ll give this recipe a try!

    January 9, 2016 at 7:52 am
  • Reply Sandy a la Mode

    oh the colors in this!!!!!!!

    Sandy a la Mode

    January 10, 2016 at 10:08 pm
  • Reply Camille

    Looks absolutely delicious! I love this! I will do this on the weekend – that’s how much I love it! lol. Thank you for sharing.

    January 12, 2016 at 3:56 am
  • Reply Jen

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! Looks as easy as you say and super yummy! I love the colors, this time of year.

    January 12, 2016 at 6:45 am
  • Reply Mattie

    THIS LOOKS SO GOOD!! I’m hungry now! haha
    Saving this recipe for later!

    January 12, 2016 at 10:43 am
  • Reply Mattie

    THIS LOOKS SO GOOD!! I’m hungry now! haha
    Saving this recipe for later!Thanks for sharing 🙂

    January 12, 2016 at 10:43 am
  • Reply Kendra

    This is perfect for summer BBQs!

    January 12, 2016 at 11:29 pm
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