Tarragon Chicken Pasta Salad

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.


Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 6


  • 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


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Serve on a bed of baby greens and garnish with swiss cheese.
  3. Enjoy
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The tarragon in this chicken salad adds a nice herby flavor. I have never tried tarragon in cold salad before so I wasn’t sure how it would be. It was well received by myself and Scott. He’s way harder to impress than I am. He doesn’t fancy himself as much of a pasta salad guy but he will try anything, if I make him. He asked “What was that pasta salad in the fridge? It was really good.” Well there you go! The ultimate compliment lol!

Try some tarragon in your chicken salad, you will love it!

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