Spriiiiing! (that’s my singing voice) It’s finally here. I suddenly want to eat better and exercise more but I’m not ready 100% yet to move from hearty carbs all the way to kale. Baby steps people, baby steps. This is not the blog you come to when you’re in search of a bikini bod, duh. #mombod
Insert this light and colorful pasta salad that will fill you up at lunch or make you a hit at your next picnic. When you’re making pasta salads, always use a pasta shape with ridges that can soak up a little dressing or sauce.
Penne or other small shaped pasta
An easy way to add chicken to your salads is to make pulled chicken in the slow cooker.
Just place chicken breast in your crock pot with salt, pepper and any marinade you may use and on high 1-2 hours and it will be ready to pull. For this recipe I used Italian herbs and garlic for my chicken with a few dashes of EVOO. You can use chicken cooked in any way.
For veggies toss in what you have in the fridge and go heavy on the avocado – it pairs perfectly with the Honey Lemon Dijon Dressing. Cube it up or slice and fan it out. Avocado Pasta > Avocado Toast. Trust me. Keep it colorful and texturized by splitting open snow peas and adding multi-colored bell peppers.
You can also check out Lemon and Oregano Dressing for a greek inspired flavors with a kick!
Love Salads? Here are other Salad Ideas:
- 1 lb penne pasta, cooked
- 1 avocado, cubed
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1 yellow pepper, diced
- ⅛ green onions, sliced
- ½ cup snow peas
- 1 cooked chicken breast, sliced or pulled
- fresh italian herbs (basil, parsley, oregano, thyme)
- honey lemon dijon dressing
- Cook pasta al dente and drain.
- Whisk together ingredients for the dressing.
- Toss together all ingredients gently with the dressing until the pasta is evenly coated.
- Chill in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes and serve.
Grill season is finally here! For one of my favorite and easy Chicken recipes be sure to check out my Lemon + Garlic Grilled Chicken Cutlets with Corn + Cherry Tomato Sauce.