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I love living in Utah, but sometimes this spring weather plays mean tricks. The other day, it was almost 80 degrees. Then we woke up to a blanket of fresh snow the next morning. Ha ha!
Even with snow on the ground, I am craving those light and fresh meals that are perfect for summer. I have made this one a couple of times for my family- it's like a Mediterranean spin on your regular pasta salad- and it has become one of their favorites.I have a feeling that we will be eating this salad a lot this summer!
Italian Chicken Pasta Salad
2 cups penne pasta, cooked (whole wheat pasta works great in this recipe)
1 (4 oz) package feta cheese (or cubed mozzarella cheese)
2 cups cherry tomatoes (I cut mine in half, but that is completely optional)
Handful of fresh basil leaves, shredded into small pieces
1/2 cup red onion, diced
2 cups cooked chicken breast, diced (rotisserie chicken is perfect for this)
1 (14 oz) can artichoke hearts, chopped
1 (2.25 oz) can sliced black olives
1 medium cucumber, diced
1 1/2 cups Italian dressing (my favorite is Wishbone Robusto Italian- not sponsored, just my honest opinion)
In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Chill for about 2 hours before serving (to allow dressing to soak into other ingredients).
Makes 6-8 servings.
Recipe adapted from our Mom's Pasta Salad recipe.