Are you looking for some frugal and easy recipes to serve your family this summer? This Chicken Cucumber Salad Recipe will not disappoint.
Summer is a time to relax and spend with your family, so cooking five-courses meals may not be on your agenda. (Or mine!)
If you are like me, you want something quick and easy that won’t heat up the entire house by using the oven.
I make this salad for parties, lunch, and as a full meal with chicken added. The best part is, it is SO easy to make and only takes a few minutes to whip up.
If you are able to boil pasta and cut up vegetables, then you can make this!
Are you headed to a party for the fourth? I made this for my son’s birthday party last summer and the bowl was empty when the party was over. I like to make dishes for holiday parties that incorporate fruits or vegetables so my kids aren’t eating junk food all day. This includes tomatoes and cucumbers as part of the salad so yay for nutrition!
Let’s Talk Price For Your Chicken Cucumber Salad Recipe
Not to mention, I LOVE saving money and this salad will not break the bank with only five ingredients (well, add a bit of salt and pepper on top of the five) and you have a great meal for around $6-7 depending on where and how much you spend on your chicken.
I bought mine at Target and got six pieces of fresh chicken for $5.79. That is under $1 per piece, so my salad priced out around $6!
Don’t forget you can make it veggie style if you are on a tight budget. I usually don’t add chicken if I am making it for a side dish for a party. So that’s around $4 for a hearty side dish.
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Ingredients For Your Pasta Chicken Cucumber Salad Recipe:
- 1 box Vegetable Rotini (You can use plain but the vegetable adds more flavor to the salad)
- 1 cup Italian Salad Dressing (I use light or fat-free to save on calories)
- 1 Large cucumber
- 1 Large tomato (or two or three Roma)
- Chicken (This is optional but if you are making for dinner I would add chicken)
- Salt and pepper
Pasta Chicken Cucumber Salad Recipe Directions:
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1.Cook chicken if making for dinner
I used this method of cooking and it turned out great: Thekitchn.com
Tip: I like to cook three or four pieces of chicken at a time and use two for dinner that evening and cut up the rest for salads for chicken quesadillas the following night. I use Market Pantry Chicken. I got six pieces for $5.79 and it is good quality.
2. Cook pasta according to directions
3. While pasta is cooking cut up your cucumber and tomatoes and place in your salad bowl
4. Add your cut up chicken and add it to the cucumbers and tomatoes. I used cold chicken that I made the day before in this pictures.
5. When pasta is ready, place it in the bowl with your other ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
6. Next, add your dressing and stir! It really is as simple as that.
Pro tip: If you are making this for the next day, wait to add your dressing because it will absorb into the pasta.
Simple Directions for your Chicken Cucumber Salad:
- Cook chicken if making for dinner
- Cook pasta according to directions
- While pasta is cooking cut up your cucumber and tomatoes and throw in your salad bowl
- Add your cut up chicken
- When pasta is ready, place it in the bowl with your other ingredients.
- Next, add your dressing and stir! It really is as simple as that.
Easy additions to your chicken cucumber salad recipe:
- black olives
This salad tastes great as leftovers the next day. I recommend you to add more dressing before you eat for taste.
I store all of my leftovers in Pyrex glass food storage containers.
Summing Up Your Pasta Chicken Cucumber Salad Recipe
Remember to enjoy your summer! Use your time to spend more time with family and friends and less time cooking!
No one wants a sweltering house or kitchen during the warm summer months! And if you make this salad you can sit back and enjoy your extra time!
This is totally kid-friendly and my boys ask for seconds when I make it – which normally does NOT happen in our house.
Here’s wishing you days at the lake, theme parks, and ball games! Enjoy your summer and eat great food!
Take care – Sarah
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