Tuesday, June 17, 2008

{chicken pasta salad}

I actually made this for a main course. It gives the traditional pasta salad a little bit extra umph... I hope you enjoy!

1 pkg (12 oz) tricolor spiral pasta
2 c cubed part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 c cubed cooked chicken
1 large green pepper, chopped
1 large sweet red pepper, chopped
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
2 cans sliced ripe olives, drained
6 green onions
1 pkg. (3 1/2 oz) sliced pepperoni, halved
1/2 c vegetable oil
1/3 c red wine vinegar
1 t italian seasoning
1/2 t garlic powder
1/2 t salt
1/4 t pepper

Cook pasta according to package directions; rinse with cold water and drain well. In a large serving bowl, combine the cheese, chicken, peppers, mushrooms, olives, green onions, pepperoni and pasta.

In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerated until serving. Toss before serving.

My mushrooms and green onions went bad so those weren't included, and then I voluntarily excluded the olives because we don't like them. I'm sure you can do that with any of the ingredients. We LOVED it. So refreshing on a summer day.

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