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Hot honey pasta salad

Hot honey pasta salad - pasta salad with arugula, peppers, fresh mozzarella, corn and pine nuts with a hot honey sauce

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This hot honey pasta salad is sweet, spicy, and about to become a favorite dish for summer.

You all know my love for hot honey! (Remember my apple and brie hot honey flatbreads? Yummm.) This hot honey pasta salad is everything about summer packed in a bowl – sweet, with a little heat, fresh and bursting with color.  Scroll down for my recipe and be sure to pin it!

hot honey pasta salad - pasta with arugula, peppers, mozzarella, pine nuts topped with a hot honey sauce

Hot Honey Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

For the pasta salad

  • 1 box pasta
  • 1 cup of mini bell peppers, sliced
  • 1-2 handfuls of fresh arugula
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 container mozzarella balls, drained
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts

For the dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp hot honey
  • 4 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • red pepper flakes (to taste)

Directions:

1.) Cook the pasta until it’s al dente, then drain and allow to cool.

2.) While the pasta cools, prepare the dressing. Mix all dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.

3.) In a large bowl, add the pasta, and the rest of the salad ingredients.

Making hot honey pasta salad - pasta with veggies, fresh mozzarella and topped with a hot honey sauce

4.) Top with hot honey dressing. Sprinkle with pine nuts and mix well.

Enjoy!!

 

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Hot honey pasta salad - pasta salad with arugula, peppers, fresh mozzarella, corn and pine nuts with a hot honey sauce

Hot honey pasta salad

This hot honey pasta salad is sweet and spicy just how summer should be. This will be your new favorite dish of summer.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish

Ingredients
  

For the salad

  • 1 box pasta
  • 1 cup mini bell peppers sliced
  • 1-2 handfuls fresh arugula
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 container mozzarella balls water drained
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts

For the dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp hot honey
  • 4 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • red pepper flakes to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cook the pasta until it’s al dente, then drain and allow to cool.
  • While the pasta cools, prepare the dressing. Mix all dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.
  • In a large bowl, add the pasta, and the rest of the salad ingredients.
  • Top with hot honey dressing. Sprinkle with pine nuts and mix well.
Keyword easy meals, pasta, salad
6 In food/ Recipes

Greek chicken pasta salad

Greek chicken pasta salad - salad with grilled chicken, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, olives and topped with feta and a tzatziki sauce.

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This Greek chicken pasta salad is packed with protein and can easily be made ahead of time. This salad is made with fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, kalamata olives, onions and feta served over pasta and grilled chicken with a homemade tzatziki dressing so it’s bursting with Mediterranean flavors.

It’s Wednesday so it’s time for another Wednesday Salad. This week I’m mixing up your traditional pasta salad and giving it a little Mediterranean flair for this Greek chicken pasta salad.

Why you will love this Greek chicken pasta salad

This is the perfect spring or summer dish for a party or light meal on a hot night. It’s packed with protein, and is a great way to use leftover chicken. This salad can easily be made ahead of time for the week too so that you can nosh throughout the week! I like to make the homemade Tzatziki because it just tastes so much fresher but if you’d like you can use store bought too!

Greek chicken pasta salad - bowl with pasta, tomatoes, olives, diced onion, cucumber, chicken, feta cheese and topped with tzatziki sauce.

Greek chicken pasta salad

Ingredients:

For the salad:

  • 1 box of pasta cooked al dente
  • 3 boneless chicken breasts, cooked, diced
  • 1 jar of kalamata olives, drained, pitted and diced
  • 1 cucumber diced
  • 1/4 red onion diced
  • 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 1 block of feta cheese, cut into cubes

For the dressing: (or store bought is fine)

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, finely grated and water squeezed out.
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • salt (to taste)

Directions:

1.) If you’re using a homemade Tzatziki dressing, start by making the dressing. In a medium sized bowl combine all dressing ingredients and then refrigerated. If you’re using store bought, skip this step.

2.) In a large bowl, combine the salad ingredients – the pasta, veggies, chicken, and feta cheese.

3.) When ready to serve, top with Tzatziki dressing and mix well.

Making a Greek chicken pasta salad topped with homemade Tzatziki made with fresh greek yogurt, cucumber, dill and mint

Enjoy!!!

 

Greek chicken pasta salad - pasta with diced cucumber, onion, tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta and drizzled with homemade tzatziki sauce.

 

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Greek chicken pasta salad - salad with grilled chicken, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, olives and topped with feta and a tzatziki sauce.

Greek chicken pasta salad

This Greek chicken pasta salad is packed with protein and can easily be made ahead of time. This salad is made with fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, kalamata olives, onions and feta served over pasta and grilled chicken with a homemade tzatziki dressing so it’s bursting with Mediterranean flavors.
5 from 2 votes
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish

Ingredients
  

For the salad

  • 1 box pasta cooked al dente
  • 3 boneless chicken breasts cooked and sliced
  • 1 jar kalamata olives pitted, drained and chopped
  • 1 cucumber diced
  • 1/4 red onion diced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes diced
  • 1 block feta cheese cut into cubes

For the dressing

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup cucumber finely grated and water squeezed out
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive olive
  • 1 Tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh dill chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh mint chopped
  • salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • If you’re using a homemade Tzatziki dressing, start by making the dressing. In a medium sized bowl combine all dressing ingredients and then refrigerated. If you're using a store bought, skip this step.
  • In a large bowl, combine the salad ingredients – the pasta, veggies, chicken, and feta cheese.
  • When ready to serve, top with Tzatziki dressing and mix well.
Keyword pasta, salad
2 In food/ Recipes

Spring orzo salad

Spring orzo pasta salad - bowl with orzo, asparagus, peas, cucumbers, arugula and chopped feta topped with a crispy shallot vinegarette

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As the weather starts to warm up, I get so excited for salad season! Pasta salads, fresh vegetable and fruit salads with all the seasonal produce! That’s why I’ve decided to start a new weekly segment called “The Wednesday Salad” where each week I am going to bring you a new salad recipe to add to your menu. (Make sure you sign up below so you get every recipe right to your inbox!)

This spring orzo salad is a great addition to grilled chicken, steak or fish or just eat it as is for a light lunch.

And the dressing… omg! I can’t take credit for the dressing. I saw someone on Tik Tok make this crispy shallot vinaigrette and I’ve been putting it on all my salads ever since! So I decided to put it over some orzo, fresh asparagus, peas, arugula and cucumber for this spring orzo salad. You will love it!!

Spring orzo salad in a glass bowl on a table

Spring orzo salad

Ingredients

  • 1 box of orzo
  • 2 handfuls of fresh arugula
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup of frozen peas, defrosted
  • 2 bunches of asparagus, roasted
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

For the dressing:

  • 1 shallot diced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Squeeze of some fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • salt/pepper

Directions:

1.) Start by making the dressing. Heat up some olive oil in a pan and add the diced shallots. Cook the shallots until they are a nice golden brown color.

2.) Pour the oil and the shallots from the pan into a glass jar or bowl. Add the other dressing ingredients, and mix well. I like to use my little handheld coffee frother to whisk it all up.

3.) Set aside the dressing in the refrigerator and bring a large pot of water to a boil.

4.) Once boiling, add the package or orzo and cook until al dente.

5.) Strain the water from the orzo.

6.) In a large bowl, add the orzo, arugula, cucumbers, asparagus, and peas.

7.) Add some crumbled feta and top with dressing.

8.) Mix together and serve.

 

This salad keeps well for a few days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I like to serve cold.

Spring orzo salad topped with crumbled feta cheese and a crispy shallot vinaigrette. Bowl filled with green vegetables - arugula, peas, cucumbers and asparagus

Spring orzo pasta salad - glass bowl with orzo, asparagus, cucumbers, arugula, peas and topped with feta cheese and a crispy shallot vinaigrette.

Enjoy!!!

 

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Spring orzo salad in a glass bowl on a table

Spring orzo salad

This spring orzo salad is a light side dish that pairs great with grilled chicken, steak or fish. Or just eat on it's own for lunch. Orzo is topped with roasted asparagus, peas, arugula and diced cucumber then topped with feta cheese and a crispy shallot vinaigrette.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Servings 5 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box orzo
  • 2 handfuls fresh arugula
  • 1 cucumber diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas defrosted
  • 2 bunches asparagus roasted
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled

For the dressing

  • 1 shallot diced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • squeeze fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • salt/pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Start by making the dressing. Heat up some olive oil in a pan and add the diced shallots. Cook the shallots until they are a nice golden brown color.
  • Pour the oil and the shallots from the pan into a glass jar or bowl. Add the other dressing ingredients, and mix well. I like to use my little handheld coffee frother to whisk it all up.
  • Set aside the dressing in the refrigerator and bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • Once boiling, add the package or orzo and cook until al dente.
  • Strain the water from the orzo.
  • In a large bowl, add the orzo, arugula, cucumbers, asparagus, and peas.
  • Add some crumbled feta and top with dressing.
  • Mix together and serve.
Keyword pasta, salad, spring recipes
10 In food/ Recipes

Baked dill pickle ranch chips

Baked dill pickle ranch chips - potato chips covered with melted cheese, chopped pickles and ranch dressing for Super Bowl Sunday and football snacks

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These baked dill pickle ranch chips are the best snack for game day while watching the halftime show or the game if that’s your thing 🙂

Super Bowl Sunday is almost here! And while I’m not a big football fan, I love the Super Bowl for the food and the halftime show. I mean what better excuse do you need to lounge on the couch watching tv and feeding your face? Because if I’m being honest, the only NFL I love is Taylor’s Version.

If you love pickles (and can we all agree that Grillo’s are just the best?) then you are going to need to make these baked dill pickle ranch chips for the Super Bowl. Crunchy potato chips layered with melted cheese, chopped pickles and drizzled with ranch dressing, these are the ultimate game day snack.

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Woman wearing a Kansas City Chiefs sweatshirts eating baked dill pickle ranch chips for Super Bowl Sunday snack

Baked Dill Pickle Ranch Chips

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of potato chips
  • 1 bag shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup chopped dill pickles
  • 1 cup ranch dressing

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2.) Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

3.) Evenly spread out the potato chips.

4.) Sprinkle with shredded cheese and chopped pickles.

5.) Drizzle with ranch dressing.

6.) Bake in the oven until cheese is melted, about 10-12 minutes.

7) Serve warm on baking sheet or a large tray.

 

Baked dill pickle ranch chips Super Bowl Sunday snack

 

Enjoy!!!

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Baked dill pickle ranch chips - potato chips covered with melted cheese, chopped pickles and ranch dressing for Super Bowl Sunday and football snacks

Baked dill pickle ranch chips

Crunchy potato chips are covered with melted cheese, chopped pickles and drizzled with ranch dressing for the perfect game day snack.
5 from 2 votes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Servings 5 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 bag potato chips
  • 1 bag shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup dill pickles chopped
  • 1 cup ranch dressing

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Evenly spread out the potato chips.
  • Sprinkle with shredded cheese and chopped pickles.
  • Drizzle with ranch dressing.
  • Bake in the oven until cheese is melted, about 10-12 minutes.
  • Serve warm on baking sheet or a large tray.
Keyword sheet pan, snack