Chicken Pasta Salad with Saskatoon Berries

Chicken Pasta Salad with Saskatoon Berries

This pasta salad will vanish before your eyes! With an appetizing combination of basil, peas, chicken, and Parmesan cheese, your guests won’t be able to get enough.

Ingredients

  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time:
  • 2 1/2 cups (625 mL) chicken, cooked, diced
  • 3 cups (750 mL) Penne
  • or
  • 3 cups (750 mL) rotini
  • or
  • 3 cups (750 mL) shells
  • 1 cup (250 mL) celery, sliced
  • 1 cup (250 mL) sugar snap peas, in pods
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Saskatoon berries, fresh
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) red pepper(s), finely-chopped
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) red onion(s), chopped
  • 2 - 3 tbsp (30 mL) basil, fresh, chopped
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) olive oil
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) salt
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) pepper
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) parsley, fresh, chopped
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup (250 mL) Parmesan cheese, grated
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions

  2. About one minute before it finishes cooking add the pea pods. Drain and rinse with cold water.

  3. In a large bowl, add pasta, pea pods, chicken, celery, parsley, Saskatoon berries, red pepper, red onion, and basil.

  4. Whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper to make the dressing.

  5. Toss salad with dressing, cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight to blend flavours.

  6. Before serving, toss with the parmesan cheese.

Saskatoon bushes grow wild on many prairie farms and the berry is similar in flavour to a blueberry. If Saskatoons aren’t available, use blueberries.

TIP: A quick way to get cooked chicken is to buy a rotisserie chicken from your local store. A 3 lb / 1.5 kg rotisserie chicken provides 2 ½ - 3 cups of boneless, skinless meat.

Nutrition Info

  • Per 370 g serving Amount
  • Calories 620
  • Protein 39 g
  • Fat 33 g
  • Saturated Fat 6 g
  • Carbohydrate 40 g
  • Fibre 4 g
  • Sugar 7 g
  • Cholesterol 85 mg
  • Sodium 570 mg
  • Per 370 g serving % Daily Value
  • Potassium 18
  • Calcium 20
  • Iron 20
  • Vitamin A 25
  • Vitamin C 80
  • Vitamin B6 39
  • Vitamin B12 29
  • Folate 57
  • Magnesium 26
  • Zinc 24

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