Tuscan Chicken Pasta Salad

This easy-to-make Tuscan chicken pasta salad sports sun-dried and fresh tomatoes, green onions, and fettucine.
Tuscan Chicken Pasta Salad

Last Updated on March 23, 2022

Tuscan Chicken Pasta Salad
Tuscan Chicken Pasta Salad

This easy-to-make Tuscan chicken pasta salad sports sun-dried and fresh tomatoes, green onions, and fettucini. Serve it with crusty Italian bread and white wine. Enjoy!

This was one of those salads I threw together because I had the ingredients on hand and I needed something quick for unexpected guests. Well, it was a hit so now it’s part of my regular routine.

This is so easy to make because you can use rotisserie chicken or any leftover chicken you happen to have on hand. You can use a knife to cut it up or tear it with your hands, whichever you prefer.

For the sun-dried tomatoes, I prefer the ones that are already marinated with herbs. Of all the ones I have tried, the California Sun Dry Sun-Dried Tomatoes are my favorite. Of course, if you want, you can also make sun-dried tomatoes in your air fryer. If you have whole sun-dried tomatoes, cut them into smaller pieces.

There are two kinds of parmesan cheese used here. I really love the shaved parmesan because it gives you a wonderfully big bite of parmesan. I keep it on hand when I want to make my marinated artichoke salad.

How to Make a Basic Vinaigrette

Making your own salad dressing is pretty easy and you know what you’re getting. Although I do love my Girards for certain things, homemade vinaigrette is quick and the variety unsurpassed. If you have some fresh herbs growing, like oregano, they go very nicely in vinaigrette. As we all know, oil and water don’t mix so in order to make emulsification easier, your good friend, Coleman’s Dry Mustard, comes into play. When you are making a vinaigrette, you need one hand to hold the oil and the other to hold a whisk – you cannot dump the oil into the bowl and hope that it will emulsify, it won’t. Sadly, human beings only have two hands and when you are mixing something in a bowl, one hand holds the bowl while the other stirs. The solution is to put a towel under the bowl to keep it from spinning.

The rate at which you pour the oil is important. Don’t pour too quickly or emulsification will not occur. Pour in very small amounts, almost just dripping. While you are dripping the oil into the bowl, you whisk at medium speed until the mixture emulsifies and looks creamy. At that point, you can stop and use it. You can revive it simply by whisking it until it emulsifies again.

Make Tuscan Chicken Pasta Salad

You can make this salad ahead of time and keep it covered in the refrigerator. Don’t pour the dressing on until serving time. It’s great with Italian bread and a glass of white wine. It’s very easy to make for a crowd, just double or triple the ingredients.

Tuscan Chicken Pasta Salad

Tuscan Chicken Pasta Salad

This easy-to-make Tuscan chicken pasta salad sports sun-dried and fresh tomatoes, green onions, and fettucine.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cooling: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Cuisine: Italian
Difficulty: Easy
Newsletter: 2022-03-31
Servings (slide to adjust): 6
Calories: 376kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Fettucini, cooked
  • 1 pound Cooked chicken
  • 1 Tomato, Italian plum preferred
  • 2 tablespoon Sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon Green onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoon Parmesan, shaved
  • 2 tablespoon Basil, fresh leaves

~~ — Dressing — ~~

  • ¼ teaspoon Dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoon White wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon Tuscan Sunset
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt, kosher or sea salt preferred
  • ¼ teaspoon Black pepper, freshly ground
  • cup Olive oil
  • teaspoon Sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Parmesan, shredded
Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.

Instructions

  • 1 pound Fettucini
    Boil the pasta in a stockpot with plenty of water until it is al dente, Lift the pasta insert out and run the pasta under cold water, occasionally moving it around with your hand until it's cold. Set it aside.
  • 1 pound Cooked chicken, 1 Tomato, 2 tablespoon Sun-dried tomatoes, 2 tablespoon Green onion
    Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces. Cut the tomato into small pieces. If your sun-dried tomatoes are not already chopped, then chop those as well. Chop the green onion, using mostly the green part.

Make the dressing

  • 1/4 teaspoon Dry mustard, 2 tablespoon White wine vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon Tuscan Sunset, 1/4 teaspoon Salt, 1/4 teaspoon Black pepper
    While you are wating for the pasta to cool off, make the dressing. Put towel under a small bowl to stabalize it. Put the dry mustard in the bottom of the bowl and add the vinegar. Add the Tuscan Sunset, salt, and black pepper. Whisk it and let it sit for about 5 minutes so the herb blend can absorb moisture.
  • 1/3 cup Olive oil
    Pour the measurement of oil into a glass or cup so that you can pour it. You may or may not use all of it.
  • With the whisk in one hand and the olive oil in the other, start dripping the olive oil into the vinegar mixture, whisking the whole time. DO NOT POUR IT IN ALL AT ONCE. Continue dribbling and whisking until the mixture emulsifies and looks creamy.
  • 1/8 teaspoon Sugar
    Taste it for seasoning. You could add sugar at this point if it seems bitter to you.
  • 2 tablespoon Parmesan
    Add the shredded parmesan and set the dressing aside.

Assemble the Salad

  • 2 tablespoon Parmesan
    Put the pasta in a large pasta serving bowl. Add the chicken, tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, and green onions. Toss together. Pour the dressing over and sprinkle the shaved parmesan on top.
  • 2 tablespoon Basil
    Roll the basil leaves tightly, and using a pair of scissors, slice them over the salad.
  • Serve the salad with crusty Italian bread and white wine. Enjoy!
    Tuscan Chicken Pasta Salad

Notes

You can make this suitable for Lent by substituting tuna in olive oil instead of the chicken.

Nutrition

Serving: 187gCalories: 376kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 31gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 383mgPotassium: 281mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1g
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As an award-winning and serious home cook, I seriously believe there is no reason why you can't have a restaurant quality meal at home. One of the good things about eating at home is to save money, so armed with a good menu plan, a shopping list, and an appreciation of good food, we can all have gourmet food on a budget.

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