Summer Fireworks Pasta Salad

Summer Pasta Salad

Summer Fireworks Pasta Salad

Summer Fireworks Pasta Salad


1 lb Radiatore, Rotini or other medium pasta shape, uncooked

Cilantro Pesto (see recipe below)

3 Tbs Iow-sodium chicken broth

1/2 - 3/4 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut in l-inch pieces

8 plum tomatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into 1-inch chunks

1 small red onion, slivered lengthwise

1/4 cup toasted pinenuts

Cilantro Pesto:

2 cups packed cilantro leaves

1 cup flat-leaf parsley

3 garlic cloves, minced

3 Tbs Parmesan cheese

2 Tbs toasted pinenuts or walnuts

1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth

1 Tbs olive oil

1 1/2 Tbs red wine vinegar

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Cilantro sprigs

Blue corn chips


Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside in large serving bowl. Place ingredients for Cilantro Pesto in a blender or food processor, process until finely chopped.

Heat chicken broth in non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and saute 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through. Add chicken, tomatoes, red onion and pine nuts to pasta. Toss with alI of the Cilantro Pesto until combined.

Garnish with cilantro sprigs and blue corn chips.

Servings: 6

Source: National Pasta Association

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