Mango Chicken Pasta Salad with Tarragon Lime Dressing

We have this cute little place called Plates and Palates in Bountiful. Not Plates and Pilates (what everyone thinks it's called until they realize its  a restaurant, not a workout studio).   Plates and Palates. It's locally owned and operated by Jared, Justin and Nina Christensen. Their shop has been a popular lunch spot for girlfriends in Davis County  since 2004. They make all of their salads and dressings in the shop each day. My usual combo is a half green (usually Pear and Pecan with Sweet Red Wine Vinaigrette) along with half of one of their pasta salads. My favorite pasta salads are the Mango Avocado Chicken with Basil Dressing or the Lemon Bowtie with Tarragon Dressing. This salad is my creation,  a combo of the two, with a little bit lighter version of their dressing. You know how crazy I am about sweet and savory together, I loved the way the flavors all blend. Perfect for a summer bbq.
Oh and if you are in Btown, make sure to stop by and have lunch or take-out from Plates. They treat everyone like family... you'll be feeling like a local in no time.

Mango Chicken Pasta Salad with Tarragon Lime Dressing
A Bountiful Kitchen
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3/4 lb bow tie pasta
1 1/2 cup chopped celery
1 bunch chopped green onion, green parts only
3 cups seedless grapes, red or green
1 ripe mango, cubed
1 whole boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked, cubed, (about 2 cups)
1-2 avocados, chopped
slivered almonds, toasted, optional

Tarragon Lime Dressing:
1 1/4 cups mayo (not low fat)
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2-3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons dried tarragon or 1/4 cup fresh chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Cook pasta as directed on package.  Drain and rinse with cold water, set aside to cool.
Prepare the dressing by mixing all ingredients in a bowl. If you are using fresh herbs, place ingredients in a blender and blend until herbs are chopped fine.  Pour half of the dressing over the pasta and place in the refrigerator overnight if possible, or for at least 2 hours.
Place chopped celery, green onion, grapes, mango and chicken in a medium bowl. Refrigerate until ready to assemble salad.
To assemble, place three quarters of the vegetable, mango and chicken mixture in the bowl with the pasta that has been mixed with dressing. Most of the dressing will have been absorbed into the cooked pasta.
Toss in the remaining half of dressing.
Place the pasta mixture on a serving platter or bowl and top with the remaining vegetable, chicken and fruit mixture, and chopped avocado.  Top with almonds.

-I think tossing the pasta with the dressing and letting it rest in the fridge allows the flavors soak into the pasta. If you don't have time for that, just mix up the salad and let the pasta sit in the dressing for at least a half hour. Then proceed as directed.
-If you want make a  fresh basil-lime dressing, just sub 1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped basil leaves for the tarragon.
-I made this up with 1 lb pasta originally, but thought the veggie to pasta ratio was a bit on the heavy side for the pasta, so I reduced the amount of pasta in this recipe to 3/4 lb.
-Did I mention Plates and Palates caters? If you are not the cooking type, you can purchase a whole BOWL of salad for your next gathering at a very reasonable price :) 


  1. I'm right with you on the great combination of sweet and savory -- all in one bite! I'm definitely stealing this recipe!

  2. Besides sounding like a winner, it is beautiful. I have never heard of this little restaurant. Thank you for a good recommendation and for the recipe.

  3. That salad sounds delicious!! I just bought mangos too and wasn't sure what to do with them. :D

  4. Sooooooo good! Didn't even have to go to my fav place to eat to get this.

  5. Oh my goodness, that looks incredible! Great photo by the way. This looks like a must try.
    Thanks for sharing. I just found your blog at Skip to my Lou, I'll be back.

  6. I tried this recipe tonight and it was fabulous! Thank you!

    P.S. Have you ever tried the Shrimp and Spinach salad (w yams, pistachios, and grapefruit) at Plates and Palates? It is fabulous! I tried to make something similar but didn't even come close.

  7. Kimberli-I haven't ever even seen that salad on the menu! I've been going there for so long I don't really look closely at the menu. Maybe it's seasonal? Ok, next time. I'll try it. Thanks for the tip :)

  8. I just had their Lemon Tarragon pasta salad this weekend at an event and it was amazing! I was searching for the recipe and found your post, so I'm going to give it a try!

  9. I was treated today with 2 salads from plates and palates, one of them being the Lemon chicken tarragon pasta. I thought it was one of the most delicious salads I've tried in a long time. I was looking on the internet tonight for a creamy lemon tarragon dressing so I could try to create a similar salad at home. I love to entertain and try new recipes on my friends. I was thrilled to find your recipe. Thanks so much! I can't wait to try it and my next adventure will be a trip to Bountiful to plates and palates!

    1. Hi Shauna, Im glad you found this recipe. Hope you love it :)

  10. oh, i LOVE going there when i go home!!! i am in LOVE with the coconut cake...oh my word!! thanks so much for sharing this!! i can't wait to try it! and yes, i will be going to eat lunch in btown when i come home in may!!!

    1. Hi Jen, I love it too. Their coconut cake tastes like the Barefoot Contessa recipe to me :)

  11. terragon, where have you been all my life? what an interesting flavor combo, and anything with mangoes just makes my day:) thank you!

    1. You're very welcome! I love tarragon in home made chicken noodle soup too. Next time you make a batch, try ABK recipe for this. You'll love the tarragon :) Thanks for alway being so kind to leave a comment!

  12. Hi Si, Do you know how many side servings this would make? I need to take a pasta salad to a mission farewell and I wondered if I should double this..

    1. Hi Liz,
      I am not sure how many side servings this makes? If you are taking it to a farewell, I would double this, my guess is every bit will be eaten up!


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