Perfect Pasta Salad
Recipe type: Main dish
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Serves: 6 servings
  • 1 box pasta, cooked according to package directions and rinsed under cool water
  • ½ cup toasted nuts, walnuts, pecans, almonds or pine nuts (to toast, I just shake in a hot skillet for about 5 minutes until fragrant)
  • 1 cup crumbled feta or blue cheese
  • 2 chicken breasts that have been sprinkled with salt and pepper, doused with a bit of olive oil and roasted at 350 for 25 minutes. Or you could use meat from a rotisserie chicken, or salmon or shrimp or grilled eggplant and portabellos, whatev- get the point!
  • A handfull of cherry tomatoes sliced in half
  • ½ cup chopped red onion (or, Vidalia onion would be delish)
  • 2 cups baby spinach, chopped
  • ½ cup kalamata olives cut in half
  • 3 tablespoons white or red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon honey or coconut nectar
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  1. Put your rinsed pasta in a bowl and add the spinach, chicken, tomatoes, olives, cheese and nuts and anything else you have that makes you happy.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the vinegar, mustard, honey and garlic then whisk in the olive oil with a fork. Toss with the pasta and refrigerate till nice and chilled. Relax, eat and enjoy!
Recipe by Kate Battistelli at