Green Goddess Pasta Salad with Chicken

Green goddess dressing normally refers to a creamy dressing made with mayonnaise, herbs and other ingredients. In this pasta salad, though, we pack an array of fresh herbs – parsley, cilantro, dill and mint – into the salad itself, then toss it with a creamy coconut dressing for maximum decadence.

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Green Goddess Pasta Salad
Gibson & Smith

Try our Curry Pasta Salad too!

Cook Time
25 min
25 min


  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups chopped asparagus (Note: Trim and cut into 1-inch long pieces.)

  • 12 oz whole-wheat or brown rice rotini or penne (TIP: For even more color, opt for tri-color pasta.)
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened plain coconut yogurt or reduced-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 12 oz cooked and cooled shredded boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup each coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, cilantro, dill and mint
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add asparagus and blanch for 1 minute, until tender-crisp. Remove asparagus from pot with a sieve or slotted spoon and transfer to ice water until cool. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain, mist with cooking spray and cool to room temperature on a tray.
  3. Prepare dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt, coconut milk, lemon juice, honey and garlic. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. To a large bowl with asparagus, add pasta, chicken, parsley, cilantro, dill, mint, onions and dressing and mix well. Season with additional salt and pepper.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1/8 of pasta salad
  • Calories 251
  • Carbohydrate Content 37 g
  • Cholesterol Content 36 mg
  • Fat Content 3 g
  • Fiber Content 5 g
  • Protein Content 21 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 1 g
  • Sodium Content 114 mg
  • Sugar Content 4 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 0 g

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