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Strawberry Balsamic Pasta Salad

  • Author: Michelle
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 8 oz gluten-free fusilli pasta (I use Jovial rice pasta, or cassava pasta for AIP/Paleo)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • 1 1/2 cup strawberries, quartered
  • 1 lb chicken breast (or thigh), cooked and cubed
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 avocado, cubed
  • 3 tbsp goat cheese (omit for paleo/AIP)


  1. Fill a large pot 3/4ths of the way with water and salt. Bring to a boil and add the pasta. Cook as directed until cooked to your liking. Strain and set aside, tossing in a bit of olive oil to prevent sticking and to allow to cool.
  2. While the pasta cooks, prep the dressing by combining 1/3 cup olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Prepare the pasta salad by combining the pasta, chicken, strawberries, red onion, arugula, dressing, and optional cheese. Toss to combine, carefully stirring in the avocado at the end. Serve lightly chilled.


All nutrition facts are estimated and will vary.

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Category: Main Dishes


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 475
  • Fat: 27.9g
  • Carbohydrates: 29g
  • Fiber: 3.9g
  • Protein: 31g