Melon, prosciutto and dried cranberries pair well together in this chicken pasta salad recipe. Fresh grilled chicken breast is best, but you can save time by using roasted or grilled chicken from the supermarket. For the best flavor, combine the pasta salad with the dressing about 1 hour before serving.

Stacy Fraser
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2013


Recipe Summary

40 mins


Pasta Salad


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare dressing: Mash garlic and salt in a medium bowl with the back of a spoon into a chunky paste. Add buttermilk, mayonnaise, tarragon and vinegar; whisk until combined.

  • To prepare pasta salad: Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water according to package directions. Drain, transfer to a large bowl and let cool. Add melon, spinach, chicken, cranberries, prosciutto, pepper and the dressing; toss to coat.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate, without dressing, for up to 1 day. Toss with the dressing about 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition Facts

294 calories; protein 25g 50% DV; carbohydrates 37.6g 12% DV; dietary fiber 3.6g 14% DV; sugars 9.4g; fat 5.9g 9% DV; saturated fat 1.5g 8% DV; cholesterol 54.1mg 18% DV; vitamin a iu 2806.4IU 56% DV; vitamin c 23mg 38% DV; folate 39.2mcg 10% DV; calcium 62.9mg 6% DV; iron 2.1mg 12% DV; magnesium 58.8mg 21% DV; potassium 398mg 11% DV; sodium 650.5mg 26% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 17% DV; added sugar 3g.

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Rating: 1 stars
I had to tweak it too much! I would have given this recipe 5 stars if I didn't have to tweak so much. Just following the recipe it was flavorless. But if you add 2 minced garlic cloves 1 1/2 tsp morracan seasoning 1/2 TBSP of sugar and grapes to the dressing you will have people going for seconds! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Loved this I made this recipe as written and it is delicious. The tarragon adds some great flavor. I highly recommend it! Read More