Summertime Chicken Pasta Salad with Nectarines & Squash

Delicious and unexpected Summertime Chicken Pasta Salad!  Unique blend of chicken, nectarines, and squash tossed with a lime vinaigrette.  Recipe adapted from Southern Living magazine, August 2017 issue.

  • Author: Carey
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 6
  • Total Time: 31 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x



1216 ounces of Lilies (Gigli) Pasta (or any other pretty short pasta shape!)

1 whole rotisserie chicken (approx 1 1/22 1/2 lbs.), skin removed and meat torn or shredded.

1 medium zucchini, diced

2 small yellow squash, diced

2 nectarines, sliced into pretty slivers

1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped

1/41/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Lime Vinaigrette

2 T. lime zest

4 T. white balsamic vinegar (can substitute another sweet light vinegar)

2 T. Creole mustard

3 t. honey

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 t. kosher salt

1/2 t. black pepper

6 T. olive oil


Lime Vinaigrette

Whisk all ingredients, except olive oil, in a bowl.  Gradually add olive oil and whisk until smooth.  Or add all ingredients to a mason or jelly jar.  Attach lid.  Shake like crazy until completely combined!

Pasta Salad

Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and rinse with cold water.

Add chicken, zucchini, squash, nectarines, parsley, and about half of lime vinaigrette to pasta.  Gently toss.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add additional vinaigrette to taste.  I probably added about 3/4 total. Adjust seasoning as desired.  Top with toasted almonds and serve!  Enjoy!