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Balsamic Vinaigrette Pasta Salad

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Makes: 8-10 servings Total Time: 1 hr 5 min
Category: Side Dishes Sub Category: Other

what you need
  • 2 medium sized chicken breasts, cooked
  • 1 - 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 standard boxes pasta, your choice
  • 1 large can petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 medium cucumber, diced
  • Dash salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 large can mushrooms and/or black olives, drained (optional)
  • 1 bottle balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing
make it
Cut chicken breast into 1x1 cubes and saute in olive oil until cooked thoroughly. Drain if necessary and chill.

Cook pasta until still slightly firm. Rinse with very cold water, drain and chill.

Toss well chilled pasta and additional ingredients EXCEPT dressing and chicken. Add chilled/cooled chicken and THEN the balsamic dressing (usually 3/4 to all of the bottle). Incorporate well without crushing the pasta.

Refrigerate until chilled throughout. Serve.
Notes
Time savers: chill separate ingredients prior to preparation; place cooked chicken and pasta in freezer for 5 min or so; chill in thin flat dish after prepared.

You can also increase the chicken by one breast and serve as a light entree in the summertime.
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