What do you do when you have left over chicken? Make Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad of course! So quick and easy and so delicious!! And, quick and easy even includes a homemade Honey Dijon Dressing!I found this Chicken Caprese Salad the perfect use for a few leftover pieces of grilled chicken, but you can certainly take a shortcut and use a rotisserie chicken, or bake off a chicken breast or two. Fresh cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil went perfect with the chicken, pasta, and delicious Honey Dijon dressing.
Making the dressing was as easy as putting a few pantry ingredients into a mason jar, putting on the lid, and giving it a few good shakes! Doesn’t this look fresh and delicious?!?
As you can tell I made a fairly big bowl of pasta salad. I used a box of Barilla Campanelle. It’s one of my favorite pastas to use for pasta salad because I feel like it’s a sturdy pasta and holds up to adding lots of other ingredients. Also, the twisty shape holds extra dressing!
We enjoyed this salad as our main course, which was perfect for a warm summer evening!
I hope you’ll enjoy this Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad as much as we did! FYI, my husband is already requesting that I make it again!
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- I box Barilla Campanelle pasta (or your favorite pasta)
- 2 cups cooked chicken (cubed into bite size pieces)
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
- 1 cup fresh mozzarella (cubed)
- ½ cup fresh chopped basil
- Honey Dijon Dressing *see recipe in instructions
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Lightly rinse with cold water and drain.
- While the pasta is cooking, cut chicken into bite size cubes, cut cherry tomatoes in half, and cube mozzarella.
- Make the Honey Dijon Dressing **see recipe below.
- In a large bowl, add pasta, chicken, tomatoes, mozzarella.
- Top with about ¾ of the Honey Dijon Dressing and lightly toss until well mixed. Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes. Before serving top with fresh topped basil.
- Add additional dressing, and salt & pepper to taste.
- Honey Dijon Dressing: 2 cloves fresh crushed garlic, 1 tsp salt, ¾ tsp fresh cracked pepper, 4 tsp dijon mustard, 4 tsp honey, ¼ cup balsamic vinegar, ½ cup olive oil. Combine all ingredients in lidded mason jar and shake, shake, shake. Dressing will thicken slightly.
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