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Creamy Greek Pasta Salad, loaded with veggies, grilled chicken and feta, tossed in a tangy yogurt sauce and served with citrus infused tea, the perfect summer meal!
Summer is upon us, my friends! What better way to fend off the heat than with a refreshing lunch or dinner? I love eating a bit lighter during the summer and creating cold dishes and drinks really helps me to feel not as weighed down.
Plus, I think it’s easier to have a cold salad ready for dinner, just throw it together whenever you have an extra 30 minutes, then take it out, serve with a cold Gold Peak Tea garnished with some lemon and lime slices, and you’re good to go!
This Creamy Greek Pasta Salad is just the kind of dish I’m talking about. It’s made with crisp, fresh veggies, grilled chicken, crumbled feta and tossed in a tangy, creamy sauce. It is just bursting with flavor! AND, it’s a meal all on it’s own, score!
But, of course the main ingredient in a pasta salad is the pasta. Since it is the highlight of the dish, you do not want to skimp on quality. That’s why I use Barilla Pasta in the blue box. For this dish, I used the cellentani variety. Not only is it just a fun shape, but it being hollow in the middle with grooves really helps the sauce to stick to the outside.
While I was at Walmart this past week I picked up this Gold Peak Tea in the 6-pack. I got the sweet tea flavor but there are lots of other flavors well to fit your taste. I also picked up the Barilla Pasta in the blue box at Walmart while I was there as well.
I found the Barilla in the pasta aisle, there are so many different kinds of noodles!
The Gold Peak Tea in the 6-packs are in the aisle with the bottled water.
I love the individual teas the 6-pack provides but, if you like to have more of a family style bottle, you can find 64oz Gold Peak Tea in the refrigerated section by the juices. (There is a special $1 off when you buy any two (2) 64 fl oz bottles of Gold Peak Tea on Coupons.com right now!)
I love pairing tea with every meal to be honest. And adding a few slices of your favorite citrus fruit really adds a nice flavor. It is just a southern thing, having a big glass of cold sweet tea is just a staple. And it is just perfect with today’s pasta salad recipe!
- ½ pound Barilla Cellentani Pasta, cooked, drained and cooled
- 1 pint grape tomatoes, sliced in half
- 1 small English cucumber, large dice
- ¼ Cup red onion, sliced very thin
- 1 Cup kalamata olives
- 2 Cups grilled chicken, cooled and diced
- 4 oz feta cheese crumbles
- ½ Cup mayonnaise
- ½ Cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice, fresh squeezed
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tablespoon water
- 1 Tablespoon whole grain mustard
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- salt and pepper to taste
- Mix together all of the dressing ingredients until combined, set aside.
- Place all of the pasta salad ingredients into a large bowl, add dressing to coat and toss. Taste, adjust seasoning if needed. Enjoy!
Let me tell you, this is definitely one show-stopping pasta salad!
Yum, it is just so fresh. The perfect summer salad. Thanks to Barilla Pasta in the blue box and Gold Peak Teas, you will be the talk of every summer cookout!
What is your favorite pasta salad?? For more delicious summer recipe inspiration please click here!