Chicken, ham and Gruyere pasta salad

    1 hour 45 min

    This salad is packed full of flavour and texture. It's also simple to make. Chicken is tossed with pasta, ham, cheese and broccoli in a creamy dressing. Serve as a side dish, main course or pop into packed lunches.

    16 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 450g farfalle (bow tie) pasta
    • 275g cooked chicken, cubed
    • 275g fully cooked ham, cubed
    • 265g Gruyere cheese, cubed
    • 90g broccoli florets
    • 4 tablespoons honey
    • 350ml mayonnaise
    • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    • 2 tablespoons distilled malt vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
    • 125ml olive oil
    • 4 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
    • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
    • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:1hr chilling  ›  Ready in:1hr45min 

    1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the pasta and return to the boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.
    2. Combine pasta, chicken, ham, cheese and broccoli in a large bowl. Set aside.
    3. Blend honey, mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, onion, olive oil, sugar and garlic salt in a liquidiser. Stir in parsley.
    4. Toss dressing into the pasta, reserving 125ml of dressing. Chill salad and reserved dressing in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Stir in the remaining dressing and Parmesan cheese before serving.

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    Verry Usefull Recipie, The downside is that It Tastes like Coconuts, I have no idea why? LoveYou<3  -  13 Jul 2015


    I added in a cup of halved cherry tomatoes. When I made the dressing, I threw all the ingredients for the dressing into the blender except the olive oil. I ran the blender adding the olive oil a little at a time until I got to the consistancy I was looking for. This pasta salad is very tasty but the dressing doesn't seem to be quite right yet. I definitely will make this again just to have a chance to play with the dressing ingredients to see if I can't get it to where it's right for us.  -  28 Nov 2012  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I am giving this recipe a 3 star rating because we liked it, but didn't love it. We thought it was pretty good, and I liked it better the next day although my husband liked it better the first day. I would recommend letting it fully cool down before eating it. One hour is not enough time to let it cool. I was a little skeptical of the recipe because of the ingredients for the dressing but it was a lot better then I thought it would be. I can't eat broccoli so we left that out which is ok with my husband cause he doesn't like it anyway. I cooked my chicken on the stove with some garlic salt and pepper, then cut up my ham and cheese and added it all together with the pasta and dressing and put it in the fridge. For the dressing I just put everything in the blender including the parsley and blended it all together. I didn't bother to chop my onion and parsley because I knew the blender would take care of that. This salad was really easy to make and a good recipe for someone who has time to make something before work or school and then just come home and eat!  -  05 Sep 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)