Melon & Chicken Pasta Salad

Melon & Chicken Pasta Salad

2 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2013

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.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • Dressing
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon or 1 tablespoon dried
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • Pasta Salad
  • 8 ounces (about 3 cups) whole-wheat bowtie pasta
  • 2 cups cubed cantaloupe or honeydew melon
  • 2 cups thinly sliced baby spinach
  • 2 cups cubed or shredded cooked chicken
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup chopped prosciutto (about 3 ounces)
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste


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  1. 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.
  2. 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 information

  • Serving size: about 1⅓ cups
  • Per serving: 294 calories; 6 g fat(2 g sat); 4 g fiber; 38 g carbohydrates; 25 g protein; 39 mcg folate; 54 mg cholesterol; 9 g sugars; 3 g added sugars; 2,806 IU vitamin A; 23 mg vitamin C; 63 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 650 mg sodium; 398 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (56% daily value), Vitamin C (38% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 1½ starch, ½ fruit, 2½ lean meat, ½ fat

Reviews 2

May 31, 2016
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By: EatingWell User
Loved this I made this recipe as written and it is delicious. The tarragon adds some great flavor. I highly recommend it!
September 29, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
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!
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