This tarragon chicken pasta salad uses some fresh tarragon that I have been growing in my herb garden.I’m not much of a gardener but I do like to grow fresh herbs in the summer time. I’ve noticed that the winters get longer as I get older and I have to spend as much time outside as I possibly can in the summer to get through these long, cold Minnesota winters.
Chicken salad is so good. I make it many different ways in the summer. This is a new variation on my old favorite. I thought to add the swiss cheese after I had a chicken salad sandwich at a restaurant once and it had a slice of swiss cheese on it, along with the baby greens. It adds a nice flavor to the dish. Cheese has a knack for making everything better, in my opinion.
This could be made with or without the pasta. I made a chicken salad sandwich with some of this before adding the pasta. It is very good that way also. On a croissant bun–delish! I added the pasta for a quick meal. This will keep in the fridge up to three days. Confession, I don’t cook much during the week. Once I get home from work I do not feel like cooking. It is nice to have something quick to eat after a long day. It’s been a brutally hot summer and it’s nice to not have to turn the oven on at night either.
Tarragon Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe
Tarragon Chicken Pasta Salad
- 1 bowl
- 4 cups shredded cooked chicken
- 1 cups mayonnaise
- 3/4 tbsp salt
- 1/2 tbsp onion powder
- 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
- 3 tbsp fresh tarragon
- 1 cups cooked pasta I used Ditalini
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- 3 tbsp diced red onion
- 1/2 cups diced celery
- shredded swiss cheese for garnish
- shredded swiss cheese for garnish
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.
- Serve on a bed of baby greens and garnish with swiss cheese.
Cooking Tips for the Perfect Tarragon Chicken Pasta Salad
Now, while I won’t be sharing the recipe today (I know you’ve got that covered!), I do want to share some tips that will elevate your Tarragon Chicken Pasta Salad game to new heights.
- Choose Your Chicken Wisely: Remember, the chicken is a star player in this dish, so opt for quality. I personally love using organic, free-range chicken breasts for their lean yet flavorful profile.
- Tarragon Tactics: Fresh tarragon really makes a difference here. Its unique, slightly sweet flavor works wonders, especially when paired with chicken. Plus, it adds a vibrant green color that makes the dish visually appealing too!
- Pasta Pointers: When it comes to pasta, ensure it’s cooked al dente. This means the pasta should be firm when bitten, not too hard, and definitely not mushy. It holds up better in the salad and offers a satisfying bite.
FAQs about Tarragon Chicken Pasta Salad
I’ve received quite a few questions about this delectable dish over the years. So, I thought it’d be helpful to address some of them here.
Q1: Can I make this salad in advance?
Absolutely! This is one of those dishes that actually tastes better as it sits, allowing the flavors to meld beautifully. Just remember to keep it refrigerated.
Q2: What other herbs can I use if I don’t have tarragon?
While tarragon is the traditional choice, you could substitute it with dill or basil for a different yet equally delicious flavor profile.
Q3: Any recommendations for a vegetarian version?
Of course! You can easily replace the chicken with tofu or chickpeas for a hearty vegetarian alternative.
Serving Your Tarragon Chicken Pasta Salad
Now, let’s talk about serving up your masterpiece. Tarragon Chicken Pasta Salad is a stand-alone star, thanks to its rich combination of flavors. However, pairing it with a crisp white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or a light-bodied Pinot Grigio enhances its flavor even more.
For a family dinner, consider serving it alongside some warm garlic bread and a fresh green salad. And if you’re taking it on a picnic, remember to pack some fresh fruits and perhaps a sweet treat to round off your meal perfectly.
There we have it – a little insight into my love affair with Tarragon Chicken Pasta Salad. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a kitchen novice, I hope these tips, answers, and serving suggestions help you create a dish that you and your loved ones will adore. After all, isn’t that what cooking is all about?
So, go ahead and bring some culinary magic to your kitchen with Tarragon Chicken Pasta Salad. Bon appétit!