If you’re planning a BBQ this summer, don’t forget the sides. Yes, the meat is important, but so are the salads you serve along side. My faves are pasta salads. They are easy to make, versatile and so tasty! I’ve shared many pasta salad recipes on my blog over the years and I’m coming at you with another yummy one from the Chicken Farmers of Canada: Pesto Chicken Pasta Salad.
Pesto Chicken Pasta Salad
This Pesto Chicken Pasta Salad is perfect for your upcoming backyard BBQ. It will also work great at your summer potlucks or picnics. My family gobbled it up faster than you can say BBQ. I bet it will be a hit at your gatherings, too.
It’s made with tender white chicken morsels, fresh veggies, black olives all wrapped in a flavourful pesto sauce. It’s bright, fresh and packed full of wonderful flavours and textures.
I only use Canadian chicken in my recipe because I know they are raised to the highest possible standards. All chicken in Canada is grain-fed and free of hormones and steroids. Look for the Raised by a Canadian Farmer logo when you are shopping. I like to know where my chicken comes from and I’m sure you do, too.
We are currently renovating our kitchen so it’s been pretty simple for meals around here for the time being. I’m counting down the days until it’s done and I can start entertaining again. This recipe is going on the menu. I’m planning a BBQ to celebrate my daughter’s graduation and can’t wait to share good fun and lots of laughs with my family and friends.
This pasta salad is hearty enough to eat as a meal for lunch. If you have leftovers, pack a bowl to bring to work with you the next day.
When you go shopping for your ingredients, use the Chicken Farmers of Canada grocery app. It will help keep you organized and get your shopping done faster. If you’re like me, you want to get in and out of the busy stores!
What sides are on your BBQ menu?
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and diced
- 375g package coloured rotini pasta
- 1 broccoli, chopped into florets
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 5 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
- 6 tbsp pesto
- 12 black olives, pitted and sliced
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Cook pasta according to package directions. During the last 4 minutes of cooking time, add in the broccoli to the pot. Drain. Add to a large bowl.
- Add chicken, tomatoes, basil, olives, pesto and salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 262Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 220mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 18g
Disclosure: I am participating in the Chicken Farmers of Canada campaign managed by SJ Consulting. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.