Recipe: Honey Mustard Chicken & Veggie Pasta Salad (2024)

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If I’m going to be honest, I’ll let you know that I used to hate pasta salad. I like pasta. I like salad. But the two together and cold just never did much for me. Plus, pasta salads always seemed like they were overloaded with dressing… and I’m a dressing gal, I am. But, salads soaked in dressing? Ick.

It was only recently I discovered you can make a really great pasta salad, with flavors you’ll enjoy, without the standard “box mixes”. Now, I truly look forward to events where pasta salad is served.

The recipe I created today was part of a challenge for Swanson Premium Chunk Chicken. Imagine picnicking in the park…what recipe would you take that included Swanson Premium Chunk Chicken?

I immediately knew that I wanted to toss together some of my favorite flavors and create a delicious pasta salad. Honey Mustard Dressing, garden fresh vegetables and Swanson Premium Chunk Chicken with our favorite bow tie pasta. This is a pasta salad worth making room for on your plate. We all know potlucks have some pretty awesome food… and you sometimes have to be very strategic your first go around because you never know what’s going to be gone if you want seconds. This should make sense… save room on your plate for this pasta salad the first time around. It’s worth it. It’s delicious. It’s pasta salad, done my way and I love it! Enjoy!

Recipe: Honey Mustard Chicken & Veggie Pasta Salad (4)

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Honey Mustard Chicken & Veggie Pasta Salad

This creamy pasta salad has a sweet and tangy flavor. A definite favorite for picnics and potlucks!


  • 1 box 1 pound Bow Tie Pasta, cooked
  • 1 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 orange bell pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 to mato seeded and chopped
  • 1 12.5 oz can Swanson White Premium Chunk Chicken Breast drained and finely chopped


  • Place cooked pasta in a large serving bowl.

  • In a separate bowl, combine mayonnaise, prepared mustard, sugar, onion, honey, salt, pepper and oil. Whisk together until creamy and smooth.

  • Pour desired amount over pasta. (If you like a lot of dressing, use the whole batch. We used a little over half of the dressing for a not so heavy dressing laden salad.)

  • Add chopped pepper, tomato and chicken to the pasta mixture. Toss until all ingredients are evenly distributed.

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Swanson. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Recipe: Honey Mustard Chicken & Veggie Pasta Salad (5)RecipeNewZ says

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  2. Recipe: Honey Mustard Chicken & Veggie Pasta Salad (6)Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says

    Whoa these flavors in a pasta salad sound perfect! Will try it soon. Btw I love that first pic 🙂 You eye for beauty and FUN inspires me 🙂

  3. Recipe: Honey Mustard Chicken & Veggie Pasta Salad (7)Barbara | Creative Culinary says

    I’m with you on the overloaded dressings but I do have some pasta salad recipes I enjoy and I’m CRAZY about bowtie pasta; it makes a simple pasta salad look so pretty!

  4. Recipe: Honey Mustard Chicken & Veggie Pasta Salad (10)Renee - Kudos Kitchen says

    Sounds like just the right ratio of dressing to pasta. I agree, I don’t like a pasta salad that’s too ‘wet’ either. BTW, love your opening photo against the green t-shirt backdrop. So awesome and different.

  5. Recipe: Honey Mustard Chicken & Veggie Pasta Salad (11)Cookin' Canuck says

    I could eat pasta salad every day during the summertime. But you’re right…it can’t be dripping in dressing. Adding honey mustard is such a great idea!

  6. Recipe: Honey Mustard Chicken & Veggie Pasta Salad (12)Amy says

    Totally want this veddy, veddy soon. I like the simplicity of it all. AND it looks like it’s pretty light too.

  7. Recipe: Honey Mustard Chicken & Veggie Pasta Salad (13)Sherri Jo says

    This sounds amazing Kristen! My kids are going to love it! Thank you!

  8. Recipe: Honey Mustard Chicken & Veggie Pasta Salad (14)Bev Weidner says

    So. Meant. For. Me.

  9. Recipe: Honey Mustard Chicken & Veggie Pasta Salad (15)Jennifer | Mother Thyme says

    Love these flavors! This is a great way to mix it up from the typical macaroni salads that are usually served at summer picnics. This would be great as an easy weeknight dinner too.

  10. Recipe: Honey Mustard Chicken & Veggie Pasta Salad (17)Deborah says

    Love this – especially the honey mustard!

  11. Recipe: Honey Mustard Chicken & Veggie Pasta Salad (18)SuperJenn says

    This sounds so great! I’m making it tonight without the chicken….but as a side dish to grilled chicken.n I’ve only got yellow pepper and I think I’ll throw in an avocado….if my husband had his way I might be tossing in crumbled bacon as well….

  12. Recipe: Honey Mustard Chicken & Veggie Pasta Salad (19)Jenny Kier says

    It is really interesting creating new recipes. I love these recipes of yours.

  13. Recipe: Honey Mustard Chicken & Veggie Pasta Salad (20)Jhoanna Lyncon says

    I have created this honey mustard chicken & veggie pasta salad last weekend and my parents really love it.

  14. Recipe: Honey Mustard Chicken & Veggie Pasta Salad (21)Liz says

    Thank you – nice recipe.


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