Ciao!! Today, we're excited to share with you a delicious and healthy pasta salad recipe that's perfect for any occasion. Our recipe features ancient grain pastas and a classic Italian salad dressing vinaigrette that's sure to tantalize your taste buds. With fresh ingredients like basil, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and red onion, this dish is not only packed with flavor but also loaded with nutrients.
So, let's dive in and explore how to make this amazing pasta salad recipe!
Serves: 8 serving(s) - Prep Time: 10 mins - Total Time: 35 mins
- 12 oz. Papa Vince Ancient Grain Pasta, Durum or Tumminia
- 3 cups Diced Chicken Breast
- 2 tbsp. Papa Vince Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 3/4 cup Papa Vince Salad Dressing Vinaigrette
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves +1 cup packed leaves, torn if large
- 1 Garlic clove, minced
- 10 oz. fresh mozzarella, cubed
- 3 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
- Freshly ground black pepper & Sea salt, to taste
About the ingredients
Firstly, let's talk about the ancient grain pastas. These are a healthier alternative to regular pasta, as they're made from grains like durum, tumminia, quinoa, or kamut, which are all highly nutritious. They also have a nuttier and chewier texture compared to regular pasta, making them an excellent addition to any dish.
Next, we have chicken breasts, which are a lean source of protein that's low in fat and high in nutrients. They're a great addition to any pasta salad, as they add a savory flavor and a satisfying texture to the dish.
Fresh basil adds a fragrant and herbaceous flavor to the dish. It's also a great source of vitamins and minerals.
Minced garlic adds a pungent and savory flavor to the dish. Garlic is known for its immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a great addition to any healthy dish.
Fresh mozzarella, this soft and creamy cheese adds a mild and milky flavor to the dish. It's also a great source of calcium and protein.
Cherry tomatoes are small, sweet tomatoes that add a burst of flavor and color to the dish. They're also a great source of vitamins and antioxidants.
Finally, the classic Italian vinaigrette used in this recipe is made with a blend of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemons, salt, and pepper. This vinaigrette is a delicious and healthy alternative, as it's free from preservatives and additives. It also adds a tangy and savory flavor to the pasta salad, tying all the ingredients together perfectly.
HOW TO MAKE
(1) Heat the Papa Vince Extra Virgin Olive Oil on a medium-size nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add cubed chicken breasts and cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
(2) Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, then add and cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain hot water and rinse pasta under cold water. Drain pasta well.
(3) In a large bowl, whisk together the Papa Vince Salad Dressing Vinaigrette with the chopped basil and minced garlic.
(4) Add the chicken, pasta, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and red onion into the bowl with the vinaigrette. Toss to coat and season with salt and pepper to taste.
(5) Fold in basil leaves and drizzle with some Papa Vince Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
And there you have it, our delicious and healthy pasta salad recipe that features ancient grain pastas and a classic Italian vinaigrette. This dish is not only packed with flavor, but also loaded with nutrients, making it the perfect addition to any meal.
Whether you're looking for a quick and easy weeknight dinner or a satisfying lunch for the next day, this pasta salad recipe is sure to hit the spot. So, why not give it a try and see for yourself how tasty and healthy it can be?
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