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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Chicken Fiesta Pasta Salad

I love pasta salads that can double as a main dish. This one's full of good stuff like chicken, bowtie pasta and lots of delicious vegetables. I love the freshness of the cilantro and the creamy kick from the dressing. I got the recipe from a friend and changed it a little to suit my tastes. Throw in a side of rolls and some ice cold lemonade and it's a perfect summer meal.

Chicken Fiesta Pasta Salad
adapted from Sara Layton

2 cups chicken breast cooked and cubed or sliced (season with a little salt and pepper and garlic powder)
1 lb. package bowtie pasta cooked according to package directions * Tortellini is also a delicious substitute*
1 can corn, drained
1 can black beans, rinsed & drained
1 green pepper, diced
1 handful of cilantro, chopped
1 package grape tomatoes, halved or red pepper diced
2 cans sliced olives, drained
1 cucumber, peeled and diced
Salsa ranch salad dressing or 1 package Hidden Valley Fiesta Ranch Dip mixed with 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup vinegar.
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and cool. Add all ingredients in a bowl. Toss and mix in dressing. Season with salt and pepper.
Posted by: Sallie

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