Lemon Basil Pasta Salad


Easy cold salad recipe.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 55 mins
6 servings


  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 (16 ounce) package rotini pasta

  • 1 pinch garlic salt, or to taste

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • 1 lemon, juiced

  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste

  • 1 (10 ounce) package baby spinach leaves


  1. Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate. Season chicken breasts with salt and black pepper.

  2. Cook chicken breasts on the preheated grill until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 30 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Cut chicken into cubes.

  3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook the rotini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes; drain. Season pasta with garlic salt.

  4. Whisk vegetable oil, lemon juice, basil, and Parmesan cheese together in a large bowl. Add pasta, chicken, and spinach leaves. Toss to coat.

  5. Cover and chill for 2 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

513 Calories
21g Fat
59g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 513
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 167mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 21%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 17mg 85%
Calcium 107mg 8%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 516mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.