This salad made with fresh vegetables, chicken, pasta and a peanut vinaigrette is tossed together for a quick and easy meal. It’s also a perfect way to use up those leftovers!
I’m back and it feels so good! The leaves are starting to tease us with glimpses of color, the garden is in the final stretch and we’re soaking up every last bit of summer that we can.
There’s always an abundance of food at any of our family gatherings, and we came home from a family weekend with leftover fresh vegetables and grilled chicken.
This is a really super simple salad. The pasta is tossed with spicy peanut vinaigrette and lots of crunchy raw vegetables-carrots, sugar snaps, cucumber, cauliflower, celery, tomatoes and peppers. Basically use whatever you like!
And that’s it! Be sure to pack a lunch tomorrow, that is if there are any leftovers.
I hope you love this salad as much as I do. If you make them, share a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #SusieHomeBaker. I’d love to see your creation!
Thai Chicken and Vegetable Pasta Salad
This salad made with fresh vegetables, chicken, pasta and a peanut vinaigrette
tossed together for a quick and easy meal. It’s also a perfect way to use up
- 8 ounces uncooked pasta
- 2 cups grape tomatoes (cut in half or keep whole)
- 1 English cucumber (quartered lengthwise, then sliced crosswise)
- 1 1/2 cups cauliflower or broccoli florets
- 1 cup carrots (sliced)
- 1/2 cup green onion (sliced diagonally)
- 1/4 cup fresh basil (torn or chopped)
- 2 chicken breasts (cooked and cubed)
- 1 bottle Trader Joe’s Asian Style Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette<br /><br /><br /><br />
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 6-8
minutes or until tender. Drain in a colander and rinse under cold water. Toss
with a little bit of dressing to prevent sticking.
Cut all the vegetables into bite sized pieces.
Combine the pasta, chopped vegetables and vinaigrette. I used about
three-fourths of the dressing, and add more right before serving (the pasta
absorbs the dressing, making the salad dryer) Stir until everything is mixed
Serve immediately or cover and keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. It
actually tastes best the day after you make it.
This recipe is easily adaptable to use your favorite veggies or whatever you have on hand. Feel free to substitute or eliminate to make the salad yours!
Roasted peanuts are a fantastic addition to this salad.