Friday, July 23, 2010

FRIDAY FARE: Healthy Recipe - Mediterranean Chicken Pasta Salad

Guest blogger, Shannon Stahura...

Mediterranean Chicken Pasta Salad

Your probably thinking... "Oh no! Not another pasta salad." Let me assure you, this one is different. I have been making this salad for thirty years and it is hands down the best, everyone's favorite, never any left over kind of salad. And, of course it is healthy! This salad calls for lots of steamed broccoli, which is full of vitamin A, vitamin C and has a high content of potassium and calcium. I guarantee this is one you will want to add to your recipe book and make again and again.

Ingredients:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 bag of multi-colored spiral pasta (wheat is optional)
1 head of broccoli
5 oz. pepperoni diced (optional)
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
4 T red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 t. freshly ground pepper
3/4 cup olive oil
salt to taste

Directions:

1. Cook chicken in simmering water for 20 min.
2. When cool enough to handle, cut into chunks.
3. Steam broccoli florets until tender (5-7 minutes)
4. Combine vinegar, garlic, oregano, pepper and olive oil in a jar with tight-fitting lid. Shake well and set aside.
5. Cook noodles according to package directions and drain and rinse with cold water.
6. Combine chicken, broccoli, pepperoni and pasta in a large bowl and toss with dressing. Sprinkle in feta cheese and serve.

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