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. Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2013

Stacy Fraser


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; total fat 5.9g 9% DV; saturated fat 1.5g; cholesterol 54mg 18% DV; sodium 651mg 26% DV; potassium 398mg 11% DV; carbohydrates 37.6g 12% DV; fiber 3.6g 14% DV; sugar 9g; protein 25g 50% DV; exchange other carbs 3; vitamin a iu 2806IU; vitamin c 23mg; folate 39mcg; calcium 63mg; iron 2mg; magnesium 59mg; thiaminmg; added sugar 3g.

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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
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