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Pesto Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken

By Kristen Mccaffrey
  
adapted from: slenderkitchen.com
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236
Calories 
24g
Carbs 
11g
Fat 
19g
Protein 
6
Weight Watchers® SmartPoints™
(6 PointsPlus®)

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Recipe

Before the fall really kicks in, I am trying to fit in all of my summer favorites one last time. One of those things is pasta salad. While my usual pasta salad recipes are more salad than pasta, sometimes I like to revert back to my old favorite – pesto pasta salad with grilled chicken. Between the homemade basil pesto, salty Kalamata olives, sundried tomatoes, and roasted red peppers, it’s indulgent and even better after a night in the fridge. You could definitely up the veggie quotient in this salad by adding some spiralized zucchini, grilled or roasted cauliflower, fresh tomatoes, or zucchini.

Prep Time

Pesto Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken

65
Prep Time: 
Cook Time: 
Total Time: 

Ingredients

8
  • 2 cups basil leaves, packed
  • 6 tbsp. water
  • 4 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 U cloves garlic
  • 1 U lemon, juice
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 8 oz. high fiber pasta (I used penne)
  • 3/4 lb. cooked boneless skinless chicken breast (I grilled mine)
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, sliced
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, sliced
  • 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, sliced

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 
3/4 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 236
Calories from Fat 98
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g
17%
Saturated Fat 2g
8%
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 47mg
16%
Sodium 333mg
14%
Total Carbohydrate 24g
8%
Dietary Fiber 4g
16%
Sugars 2g
Protein 19g

Directions

  1. Blend the basil, water, Parmesan, almonds, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a blender or food processor to create the pesto sauce.
  2. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and let cool.
  3. Toss together all the ingredients with the pesto.
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