#ad Best Pasta Salad for Picnics and Potlucks

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This is one of my favorite pasta salads to take to potlucks, picnics, and make for easy weeknight meals. It is a salad that is requested frequently by friends and family. I recently made it to take to a friend who just had a baby, as I know that it is light and can be a main dish or a side dish. I love this pasta salad as a quick and easy, better-for-you recipe.

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I also love this recipe because it is really easy to modify. You can add so many variations of veggies broccoli, zucchini, grape tomatoes, green peppers, the options are endless! I want to try making it sometime with tri color rotini. Also, this would taste great with almost any cheese including feta, mozzarella, cheddar, or pepperjack. Yum!

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The ingredients in this recipe are simple, easy, and inexpensive. I use  Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing, pepperoni, Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken Breast Strips (which make this recipe SO easy and well-balanced with protein!), mild cheddar cheese, red onion, marinated artichoke hearts, black olives, and tomato to make a super delicious and savory one-bowl dish with enough veggies and protein to satisfy any crowd. I got all my ingredients at King Soopers Kroger store and saved a ton using my rewards program.

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We are trying our best to stick to meal planning in 2016. I have added this to my potluck and easy weeknight meal planning calendar because it is so easy and feeds tons of people. I also love all of the fresh ingredients. I think this would also taste awesome on top of some lettuce or spinach.

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#ad Best Pasta Salad with chicken, pepperoni, and Italian dressing
 
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Serves: 16 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 16 oz package rotini (spiral) pasta
  • 3 cups tomatoes, washed and diced
  • 8 oz Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken Breast Strips
  • 8 oz mild cheddar cheese
  • 3 oz pepperoni, chopped
  • 6 oz can large black olives, diced
  • 6 oz artichoke hearts, drained and rinsed and chopped
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 8-10 oz Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil on high heat. Add pasta slowly and cook 8-10 minutes or until al dente. Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water.
  2. Prepare Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken Breast Strips in the microwave on high for 2 minutes. Cut into ½ inch peices.
  3. In the meantime, chop up your tomatoes, cheese, olives, artichoke hearts, and onion.
  4. Add everything to a large bowl, toss in the pasta and cooked chicken.
  5. Add 4 oz Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing to pasta sauce immediately, and add the other 4-6 ounces just before serving.

What are your favorite easy, weeknight meals to cook?

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