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Arugula Pesto Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken #SundaySupper

Arugula Pesto Pasta Salad | Hardly A GoddessI love potlucks and cookouts. Everyone brings something different, the host usually has the meat or drinks, and the end result is just a fun mix of food that is relaxed and colorful and different every time!

My favorite dishes are the salads. People make almost anything into a salad, and I love the variety of crazy that ends up in the mix. What I do not love though, is a pasta salad made from mayonnaise that doesn’t sit on top of ice or is kept cold in some way. hmmm.

“Nice to meet you, Belly-Ache, thanks for the awesome post-party food-born illness!” No thanks.

I think if you can’t have a cool pack or iced bowl under your dish when you serve it, that mayo should stay away! Thus, the challenge of a pasta salad for a potluck that isn’t the same old boring vinaigrette. This pesto salad is perfect to be served cold and then can handle sitting out for a bit. Based on a recipe from 2002, from Emeril Lagasse, I omitted some of the ingredients, most notably the parmesan in the pesto. It just isn’t needed for this, as there are so many other flavors going on, and you still get a salty bite from the olives, so you don’t miss the cheese.

The even better news is that this salad can handle the heat. It can sit out on your buffet table, for the duration of the picnic or potluck!

Arugula Pesto Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken #SundaySupper

This is a great make-ahead pasta dish that withstands the heat of an outdoor party!


  • 1 boneless breast chicken
  • 1 pound short pasta shape
  • 2 packed cups arugula
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 squeeze fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup black olives, chopped
  • 2 ounces feta, crumbled


Grill the chicken

Brush your chicken with oil and season with salt and pepper, on both sides. Grill on a grill-pan or outside until fully cooked. Cool and chop into bite-sized pieces.

While the chicken is grilling, set a pot to boil for the pasta and make according to the package. Drain and rinse with cool water. Set aside.

Make the pesto

In a food processor, add the arugula, parsely, walnuts, garlic, salt & pepper and lemon juice. Pulse until chopped, and then drizzle in the olive oil until the mixture is smooth. Taste and season if needed.


In a large bowl, add 1/2 the pasta and toss with 1/2 the pesto. Add the other 1/2 and the rest of the pesto. Mix in the sundried tomatoes, feta, olives, and chicken. Toss to combine. Serve or refrigerate until ready.


Recipe adapted from Emeril Lagasse, 2002, Food Network


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Arugula Pesto Pasta Salad | Hardly A Goddess