Lemon Tarragon Pasta Salad

Lemon Tarragon Pasta Salad with red grapes, sliced almonds, cubed chicken and celery in a large blue bowl.

I’ll let you in on a little secret: I don’t really like pasta salad. This one is different. I don’t just like it, I LOVE it. It’s so lemony delicious. I think it’s pasta salad perfection! Just the right amount of crunch meets sweet and tangy. There’s even protein. And, it’s not too heavy. Lemon Tarragon Pasta Salad is the new answer to “What’s for dinner?” Or, “What’s for lunch?” or just “What can I make that’s going to be a big hit?”

Bow tie pasta salad tossed with lemon, tarragon dressing, grapes, chicken, almonds, celery and green onion.

All of this and there are only six ingredients! You have bow tie pasta mixed with chicken, red grapes, almonds, celery and green onion, then tossed with a to-die-for lemon tarragon dressing that is so full of flavor you’ll want to drink it! This is a great summer salad. It’s cold, delicious and refreshing! But honestly, we like this salad so much, we make it anytime of the year. The ingredients are available all year long.

Bow tie pasta salad tossed with lemon, tarragon dressing, grapes, chicken, almonds, celery and green onion.

For a short cut, consider using rotisserie chicken and sliced almonds in the salad. There’s not a lot of prep time, so this recipe is quick to put together. Chop the celery and green onions, slice your grapes in half (or leave them whole), then cook your pasta. Finally, you mix together that divine dressing–it’s smooth as can be with lovey tarragon and fresh lemon. Blend it all and: voila– your own Lemon Tarragon Pasta Salad! For the best taste, refrigerate the salad three to four hours or overnight to give the flavors a chance to combine. 

Bow tie pasta salad tossed with lemon, tarragon dressing, grapes, chicken, almonds, celery and green onion.

Here’s a quick tip: For a more attractive presentation, reserve one cup of ingredients without dressing to sprinkle on top of the salad prior to serving. This will give your guests a preview of what’s really inside and show your ingredients in the best light.



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Yield: Makes 12 entree servings

Lemon Tarragon Pasta Salad

Lemon Tarragon Pasta Salad

Fresh pasta salad with chicken, grapes, almonds, celery and a delicious lemony tarragon dressing.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 pound (16 ounces) bow tie pasta (Farfalle)
  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken breasts (skin removed), cubed (or cook 2 large chicken breasts)
  • 3 cup red grapes
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 bunch green onions, green part only, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup celery, sliced

For the Dressing

  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • juice and zest of 2 lemons
  • ¼ cup fresh Tarragon leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente.
  2. Mix the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Combine pasta, chicken, grapes, almonds, green onions and celery in a large bowl.
  4. Gently stir dressing into bowl of ingredients.
  5. Let flavors combine for 3-4 hours or overnight. Gently toss salad before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

11/2 cups

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 462 Total Fat: 31g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 24g Cholesterol: 61mg Sodium: 606mg Carbohydrates: 30g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 14g Protein: 19g

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Originally Posted August 8, 2018



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7 thoughts on “Lemon Tarragon Pasta Salad

  1. I feel so lucky, as should all your followers, to have you share your delicious recipes with us! I’ve been the guest when you’ve catered or hosted dinners at your home. Everything you make is delicious! I can’t wait to try this salad!

  2. I made this dressing as soon as I read it because I had all the ingredients . It is so delicious, I might drink it! I’m making the pasta salad this weekend. Thanks for the idea!

  3. I’ve had this pasta salad and it is every bit as delicious and heavenly as Di describes! Truly a must try, especially if you don’t like pasta salad!

  4. I made a pasta salad with the dressing today and it was a hit at a family barbecue. I added differnt veggies – red onion, red pepper, red, yellow and purple heirloom mini tomoatoes – and decorated it with sliced hard boiled eggs, no chicken.

    Thanks, Diana! The flavor of the lemon and tarragon made for a refreshing and unique flavor.

  5. I made this recipe for an Open House I was hosting and people loved it with many requesting the recipe. It was delicious! I was a little skeptical at first because I do not like pasta salad and I don’t like salads with a mayo base, but this salad was a winner! I will make it again for sure!

  6. I made this recipe tonight and it was delicious. Definitely will make it again and I know it will be one of those recipes that make me famous! I added tiny broccoli crowns, red pepper and grated carrots because I had them and we loved the crunch. I think it would be fabulous anyway you made it. It is a winner!

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