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Chicken and Vegetable Pasta Salad |Cooking With Carolyn

Copyright © 2013 by Cooking With Carolyn

Yield: 6-8 Servings


All of the vegetables and meats can be added to taste in this recipe. You can add more or less if desired.

  • 2 Whole Fresh Zucchini, shredded

  • 2 Whole Fresh Summer Squash, shredded

  • 1 Large or 2 Medium Fresh Whole Carrots, shredded

  • 1 Whole Fresh Red Bell Pepper, diced

  • 1 Whole Fresh Yellow Bell Pepper, diced

  • 4 Persian Cucumbers or 1 Whole English Cucumber, diced

  • Half of a Large Red Onion, diced

  • 12-15 Cherry Tomatoes or Grape Tomatoes, cut halves

  • 2 Cloves Garlic, finely diced

  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Basil, finely diced

  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Thyme, finely diced

  • To Taste Salt

  • To Taste Black Pepper

  • To Taste Grand Diamond All Purpose Seasoning

  • 24 Ounces Italian Dressing (Recommended: Wishbone Robusto Italian)

  • 1 1/2 Pounds Rainbow Rotini Pasta

  • To Taste Cooked Chicken, chopped or shredded

  • To Taste Cooked Bacon, chopped

  • To Taste Shredded Cheese, Parmesan Cheese or your choice


Wash, shred and chop all of the vegetables first.

Bring 3 to 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of salt to the boiling water. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook slightly past al dente, about 8 to 11 minutes. (NOTE: The pasta should be fully cooked but not over cooked to the point where the pasta will tear up while stirring in the other ingredients.) Drain the pasta, do not rinse and pour into a large bowl.

While the pasta is still warm, add the seasonings and pour 8 ounces of dressing over the pasta and stir. Add all of the vegetables, herbs, chicken, bacon, cheese and remaining dressing to the pasta and stir. Taste the pasta salad for seasoning and re-season if desired. Chill for at least 4 hours to overnight before serving.

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