Creamy Chicken Pasta Salad with Green Olives and Raisins – this delicious, savory pasta salad has a touch of sweetness and a creamy orange dressing. Perfect for a light summer meal or side dish for a barbeque.
Savory Sweet Combination
I came across the original version of this Creamy Chicken Pasta Salad with Green Olives and Raisins in a magazine last summer. I love the savory and sweet combination of green olives and raisins, so I had to make it.
I’ve enjoyed green olives and raisins in empanadas and other Spanish and Latin American dishes. I thought the combination would be wonderful in a chicken pasta salad. That certainly is the case.
The savory green olives and the sweet raisins go so well with the chicken and the pasta. Red onions provide a bit of a kick and parsley adds freshness. Everything is tossed together in a creamy dressing made with freshly squeezed orange juice.
All together this Creamy Chicken Pasta Salad with Green Olives and Raisins is so delicious and full of flavor. This salad quickly became a family favorite. I make it frequently, especially during the warmer months.
Original Recipe Developed by Mario Batali
The original version of this recipe was developed by celebrity chef Mario Batali. When I lived in New York City, I loved eating at all of Mario Batali’s restaurants, including Esca, Lupa, Babbo and Del Posto.
I’ve always enjoyed his cooking style of simple preparations using the best possible local ingredients.
Serve as a Light Meal or Side Dish
This Creamy Chicken Pasta Salad with Green Olives and Raisins, along with a green salad, is wonderful for a light meal on a warm summer day.
This delicious pasta salad can be made ahead of time and is portable. So, it is also a great dish for picnics or side dish for summer barbeques.
Recipe adapted from Hellmann’s / Mario Batali.