Broccoli, Chicken & Pesto Rotini Salad

This delicious pasta salad is packed with savoury flavours. Broccoli and rotini are ideal for salads, as sauces and dressings can permeate them thoroughly. Olives, pesto, cherry tomatoes and basil create a balanced, mouthwatering salad that’s perfect anytime.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 10 min

Ingredients

2 cups chicken, cooked, diced
7 oz rotini pasta, tri-coloured
7 oz broccoli, chopped
5.3 oz cherry tomatoes
5 tbsp basil
6 tbsp pesto
12 black olives, pitted
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.

Steps

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions in unsalted water. Add broccoli and gently cook during last 3-4 minutes of cooking. Drain but reserve ¼ cup (60 mL) cooking liquid. Add pasta, broccoli and hot liquid to a large salad bowl.

  2. Add chicken to salad bowl. Cut tomatoes in half or quarters and add to bowl. Mince the fresh basil. Add to salad bowl and toss with the pesto, sliced black olives, salt and pepper.

  3. Transfer to a serving platter. Garnish with fresh basil.

Helpful Tip

This salad can also be garnished with some shredded cheese such as Asiago. This is a delicious way to use up leftover cooked chicken. In the summer months when the weather is hot, try serving your pasta as a cold salad instead. The fresh, sweet aroma and flavour of basil helps you to use less salt in recipes. Basil goes well in salad dressings, pasta and tomato-based dishes, fish and chicken.

Nutrition Info

Per 195 g serving Amount
Calories430
Protein33 g
Fat14 g
Saturated Fat4 g
Carbohydrate42 g
Fibre3 g
Sugar3 g
Cholesterol65 mg
Sodium430 mg
Per 195 g serving % Daily Value
Potassium16
Calcium20
Iron25
Vitamin A15
Vitamin C15
Vitamin B626
Vitamin B1218
Folate7
Zinc50