Chicken Asparagus Penne Pasta Salad

February 12th, 2013 posted by Suzanne Collier

When you think of summer and food, pasta salads are one of the first things that come to mind. Pasta salads are refreshing, usually full of fresh vegetables, and pack lots of energy. If you are counting your carbs, we’ve got you covered! This salad uses a pasta that is high in fiber and lower on the glycemic index.

Chicken Asparagus Penne Pasta Salad

1 pkg Zesty Italian Dressing Mix – Dry 1lb Chicken Tenders, grilled and seasoned with 1 Tbsp dry Zesty Italian dressing mix (save the rest of the dry mix for later). Rough chop into approx 1/2″ pieces. (You can also sub cubed roasted chicken) 14.5 oz (1 box) Dreamfield’s Penne Pasta 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 3 Garlic Cloves, minced 1 lb. Asparagus, trimmed and chopped into 1″ pieces 3 cups Cherry Tomatoes (or 8 quartered small round tomatoes) 1/2 cup fresh, rough chopped Celery 1/2 cup finely chopped Onion 1/2 cup Chicken Stock 1/2 cup Pasta Water 1 Tbsp White Balsamic Vinegar 1 small can of Sliced Black Olives 1 small jar of sliced green salad olives 2 cups fresh grated Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese 4 Tbsp Fresh chopped Basil 2 Tbsp Fresh Cracked Pepper Cook pasta according to directions. Pour into large bowl. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water for later. Saute’ garlic and asparagus in 2 Tbsp of olive oil until asparagus is tender. Add tomatoes and toss with garlic and asparagus over low heat for 2 minutes. Then add mixture to pasta. Add all other ingredients, except for 1/4 cup cheese and basil. Mix thoroughly. When you are ready to serve, sprinkle with remaining cheese and basil. Salt to taste. Garnish with whole basil leaves. You can serve this dish warm or chill before serving.

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