Make-Ahead Chicken Pasta Salad


Need something to bring to a party or backyard barbecue? This make-ahead chicken pasta salad recipe is classic and completely adaptable-you can swap in whatever veggies, herbs or cheese you like.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings


  • 6 ounces casarecce pasta

  • 8 ounces haricots verts (French green beans), cut into 2-in. pieces

  • teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon honey

  • 2 cups shredded, cooked chicken breast (about 6 oz.)

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 2 ounces crumbled feta (about 1/4 cup)

  • 2 tablespoons torn fresh basil


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Add green beans during last minute of cook time. Drain, and run under cool running water until room temperature, about 30 seconds. Drain well. Transfer to a large bowl, and stir in 1/2 teaspoon of the salt; set aside.

  2. Whisk together oil, vinegar, pepper, honey, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Add chicken, tomatoes, feta, and dressing to green beans and pasta, and toss to coat. Serve immediately, or cover and chill up to 24 hours. Sprinkle with basil before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

398 Calories
19g Fat
39g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size about 1 3/4 cups
Calories 398
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 6g
Added Sugars 1g 2%
Protein 21g 42%
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Sodium 571mg 25%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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