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This verdant pasta salad signals a fantastic start to spring with a shower of fresh herbs. Mini shell pasta and peas are a perfect pair—the pasta serves as a kind of catcher's mitt for the sweet, bright green peas. You could also use orecchiette, an ear-shaped pasta that serves the same purpose. Skip the chicken and add 1/4 cup crumbled feta or goat cheese for a vegetarian main, or try 2 slices of cooked, crumbled bacon for meat lovers. If you have a nut allergy but still want some crunch, try toasted coarse breadcrumbs or sunflower seed kernels.

Recipe by Cooking Light March 2017


Credit: Jennifer Causey; Food Styling: Catherine Crowell Steele; Prop Styling: Thom Driver

Recipe Summary

Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups)


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Add peas during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain.

  • Combine parsley and next 7 ingredients (through pepper) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add chicken; toss to coat. Add pasta mixture; toss. Sprinkle evenly with almonds.

Nutrition Facts

414 calories; fat 18.5g; saturated fat 2.6g; mono fat 12.2g; poly fat 2.7g; protein 22g; carbohydrates 41g; fiber 5g; cholesterol 37mg; iron 3mg; sodium 433mg; calcium 59mg; sugars 4g.