Chicken Pasta Primavera Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette

This pasta salad is just as flavorful as it is colorful.
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Perdue Chicken

This pasta salad is just as flavorful as it is colorful.

Ingredients

  • 8  Ounces  campanelle or other curly pasta
  • 1/2  Cup  olive oil, divided
  • small onion, sliced
  • medium carrot, diced
  • small summer squash, cut into rounds
  • asparagus spears, cut into two-inch peices
  • 1/2  Cup  peas
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  Teaspoon  black pepper
  • 1/4  Cup  red wine vinegar
  • 2  Teaspoons  lemon juice
  • 1  Teaspoon  garlic, grated
  • 1/4  Cup  fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/4  Cup  Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated
  • 2  Cups  Perdue Harvestland fresh whole chicken with giblets, cooked
  • 1  Cup  cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano curls, for garnish

Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions for al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Transfer pasta to large mixing bowl, drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and toss well to coat.

In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until soft, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add carrot, summer squash, and asparagus. Cook 1 to 2 minutes. Add peas and cook for 1 more minute. Vegetables should be just cooked and still crisp. Season with salt and pepper, remove from heat, and let cool.

Whisk together red wine vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, basil, and Parmigiano-Reggiano until combined. Continue whisking and drizzle in remaining 5 tablespoons of olive oil.

To serve, toss pasta with cooked chicken, sautéed vegetables, cherry tomatoes, and Parmigiano-Reggiano dressing until well combined. Transfer to serving platter and garnish with Parmigiano-Reggiano curls. 

Chicken Pasta Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Chicken Pasta Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.