Sunday, May 6, 2012

Mediterranean Chicken Pasta Salad


I had the best pasta salad last night!  I had had the recipe for almost a year but had never made it.  I am so glad that I finally did.  Mr. T went camping this week and I have been spending my time between the sewing machine and a good book.  No laundry and housework for me this week!

I had invited a friend over as I needed advice on a quilt square I was tackling and figured that I should make us dinner.....something light to go with the warmer weather we have been having....something to go with roasted asparagus...something to go with strawberries!  This Mediterranean Chicken Pasta Salad was simple and perfect.

Mediterranean Chicken Pasta Salad

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts (I used two.)
1/3 cup olive oil
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tsp dried oregano
Salt and Pepper, to taste

8 oz. bow tie pasta, cooked al dente
8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
3 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup kalamata olives, sliced
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 cup pine nuts, roasted   (I forgot to do this and it still tasted fine....)

Vinaigrette
1/4 cup olive oil
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 love garlic, crushed
1/4 tsp hot sauce
1 Tbsp dried oregano
Salt and Pepper to taste

Mix vinaigrette ingredients together and set aside.

Marinate chicken for 20 minutes to two hours in the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper.  Remove from marinade and bake 30 minutes at 350° F. or grill  on a hot grill.  Cool and shred or cube.

Combine chicken with the remaining salad ingredients.  Fold in the vinaigrette and serve at room temperature with French bread lightly brushed with olive oil, grilled and rubbed with garlic.

PRINTABLE RECIPE


The recipe came from the very first food blog that I discovered, Wives with Knives.  Cathy is an amazing cook and I love trying her recipes.  Be sure to visit her when you have time, you will not be disappointed!

I am joining Yvonne for On the Menu Monday at StoneGable.  This is another stop that you really must make!!

9 comments:

  1. Kate, Brilliant! I am always looking for a great pasta! Especially for summer picnics.
    Yours looks delicious!

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  2. I love pasta salads, and always looking for another recipe to add to my collection. Thanks for sharing. It looks delicious!

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  3. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe! Will definitely be trying this one this summer!
    Nancy

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  4. This is the second Med/Greek salad dressing I've seen and I think I need to mix some up soon! Looks great:@)

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  5. Yum. All of my favorite ingredients here including feta, tomatoes and kalamata olives.
    Sam

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  6. What is it about bowtie pasta that makes you just want to gobble it down? I love your pictures. I could eat pasta salad all the time. Last summer hubby and I made a huge bowtie pasta and ate on it all week when no one else was home. Definitely want to try this one.

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  7. Oh I'm so glad you posted this! I have all the ingredients and it sounds simply delicious - enjoy your week off!
    Mary x

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  8. Looks very good Kate. I've enjoyed all of Cathy's dishes I've tried and had this one saved but not tried. I'll need to move it up on the list.

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  9. Hi Kate - This is my family's all time favorite pasta salad and my daughter always requests it when she comes to visit. It's one of those dishes that is even better the next day. I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe. Many thanks for the link.

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