Susan's Tomato Basil Chicken Pasta Salad

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Susan Din

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@spatdi

My family loves this yummy salad It's similar to La Madeleine's Tomato Basil Pesto Pasta Salad, with the added protein of chicken. Served with a green salad, it's a complete meal.

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Rating:
★★★★★ 3 votes
Comments:
Serves:
6-8
Prep:
30 Min
Cook:
30 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

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12-16 oz
cooked chicken cut into chunks
12-16 oz
rotini, or bowtie pasta
2 Tbsp
kosher salt- for pasta cooking water
1-2 c
Brianna's asiago caesar dressing
4 oz
sundried tomatoes in oil, chopped
1 can(s)
artichoke hearts - chopped roughly
1/2 c
basil pesto-1/2 c store bought or home made-recipe below
1 can(s)
large black olives, sliced, drained
1/2 c
romano cheese- grated
3 Tbsp
red onion, finely minced
8-10 large
basil leaves, fresh-sliced chiffonade
3 medium
roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped

HOME MADE BASIL PESTO

2 c
packed basil leaves- fresh
1/4-1/2 c
olive oil
1/3 c
pine nuts
1/2 c
parmesan cheese, grated
1 medium
garlic clove, chopped
1/4 tsp
kosher salt

How to Make Susan's Tomato Basil Chicken Pasta Salad

Step-by-Step

  • 1COOK PASTA:
    Add 2 TBSP salt to the boiling water.
    Cook pasta to al dente, according to package directions.
    Strain in a colander, and rinse briefly with cold water to cool the pasta.
    Allow to drain thoroughly.
  • 2PREPARE BASIL PESTO:
    Place basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese and salt into food processor. With processor running, add the oil and process until smooth.
  • 3CHIFFONADE THE BASIL LEAVES:
    Stack the leaves, then roll up tightly.
    With a SHARP knife-cut across in 1/8" slices to form "ribbons"
  • 4Seed and chop tomatoes and red onion. Cut chicken into small chunks.
    Place pasta into a LARGE bowl and add all remaining ingredients(START WITH 1c DRESSING), mixing gently to combine. Add more dressing as desired.
    Refrigerate till chilled.
    After it sits over night I add a little more dressing before serving to perk up the flavors.

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About Susan's Tomato Basil Chicken Pasta Salad

Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Collection: Chicken Salad
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids




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