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.
Serves: 4
Cook Time: 10 min

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups chicken, cooked, diced
3 cups Penne
or
3 cups rotini
or
3 cups shells
1 cup celery, sliced
1 cup sugar snap peas, in pods
1 cup Saskatoon berries, fresh
1/2 cup red pepper(s), finely-chopped
1/4 cup red onion(s), chopped
2 - 3 tbsp basil, fresh, chopped
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup parsley, fresh, chopped
1/2 - 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

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

  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.

Helpful Tip

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
Calories620
Protein39 g
Fat33 g
Saturated Fat6 g
Carbohydrate40 g
Fibre4 g
Sugar7 g
Cholesterol85 mg
Sodium570 mg
Per 370 g serving % Daily Value
Potassium18
Calcium20
Iron20
Vitamin A25
Vitamin C80
Vitamin B639
Vitamin B1229
Folate57
Zinc24