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Grilled Chicken Bruschetta Pasta Salad

Grilled Chicken Bruschetta Pasta Salad

Grilled Chicken Bruschetta Pasta Salad

A pasta salad with grilled chicken, summer ripened tomatoes, onions and fresh basil, tossed in a tangy balsamic vinaigrette!

It’s hard to beat late summer, field ripened, tomatoes and this bruschetta pasta salad is a great way to enjoy them! Bruschetta is an appetizer where toasted baguette slices are topped with a mixture of diced tomatoes, onions, garlic, basil and a splash of balsamic vinegar. This pasta salad takes the same ingredients, replacing the toast with pasta, and dressing it in a balsamic vinaigrette. I like this pasta salad just like that and it’s also nice to make it into more of a light meal with the addition of grilled chicken add diced fresh mozzarella cheese!

Grilled Chicken Bruschetta Pasta Salad

Grilled Chicken Bruschetta Pasta Salad

Grilled Chicken Bruschetta Pasta Salad

Grilled Chicken Bruschetta Pasta Salad

Grilled Chicken Bruschetta Pasta Salad
Grilled Chicken Bruschetta Pasta Salad

Grilled Chicken Bruschetta Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes Servings: 12

A pasta salad with grilled chicken, summer ripened tomatoes, onions and fresh basil, tossed in a tangy balsamic vinaigrette!

ingredients
  • 1 pound pasta (gluten-free for gluten-free)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts (or thighs), pounded thin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/3 basil, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, diced (optional)
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette
directions
  1. Cook the pasta as directed on the package, drain, mix with olive oil and let cool, mixing every 5 minutes. (The oil and mixing helps prevent it from sticking together while it cools.)
  2. Meanwhile, season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste, and grill (or pan fry), over medium-high heat until cooked through, about 3-5 minutes per side, before setting aside to cool, and slicing into bite sized pieces.
  3. Mix the pasta, chicken, tomatoes, red onion, basil, and mozzarella.
  4. Toss the salad and the dressing and enjoy!
Option: Garnish with parmesan!
Option: Omit the chicken for a vegetarian version!
Option: Season the chicken with ½ teaspoon of oregano or Italian seasoning, in addition to the salt and pepper.
Option: Cook the chicken a day ahead of time.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 263, Fat 6g (Saturated 2g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 42mg, Sodium 262mg, Carbs 32g (Fiber 1g, Sugars 3g), Protein 18g

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