Parties, Picnics, Sunshine, Oh My!

Pasta SaladIt is here!  This must be the last little cold snap we will have until fall.  Warm, wonderful sunshine is here!  Here is a fantastic recipe for you to use when you want to go out and enjoy this wonderful sunshine (even if only for a lunch break from the office).  This pasta is great for taking to the beach, to the pool, to a picnic, or sitting on the dock at the lake.  The reason~ it is delicious and light but it can be pulled out of the fridge and served at room temperature.

Ingredients

1/2 cup chopped Kalamata olives

1/2 cup chopped basil

1/2 cup olive oil

1 medium minced garlic

1 pint cherry tomatoes halved

1 16 ounce package pasta such as bow tie or penne

1 cup chopped cooked Chicken Breast or Tenders

crumbled feta cheese for topping

Directions

Mix first 5 ingredients in a large bowl and set aside for an hour to let flavors mix.  While flavors marinate, cook your pasta to al dente.  For a healthier option, use a whole wheat pasta.  Mix together cooked pasta, tomato/oil mixture, and your chicken pieces.  Season with salt and pepper.  Finish off with the crumble feta.

It doesn’t get easier than that!  With busy schedules, we need this quick recipe on hand!  It is also great for  last-minute entertaining or grilling.  You can omit the chicken and make it a side for your hamburgers on the grill.  The kids love it and so will you!  I could have an endless list of recipes with tomato and basil.  It screams sunshine!

I hope you have a wonderful Easter holiday and here’s to spring!  La Votre!

 

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