Kelly Liston

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I just love the versatility of a pasta salad.  It can be a side dish or it can be a main dish!  I have complete control over the quality of the ingredients and I can always tweak the recipe a bit to change it up a bit from time to time.  My favorite part about this salad…my kids LOVE it!  It is my go to dinner when I need to make something ahead of time on a busy night and want the option to just scoop and serve!

Chicken and Grape Pasta Salad
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound of chicken thighs (or breasts, or whatever chicken meat you like!)
  2. 1 lb farfalle pasta (or any kind of pasta you like!)
  3. 1 1/2 cup red grapes, halved
  4. 6 oz fontina cheese (cubed) - lately the hubs has been liking swiss cheese in this! Feel free to experiment with the cheese!
  5. 1 tsp dried oregano
  6. 1/4 tsp dried basil
  7. salt and pepper to taste
  8. 1/4 cup olive oil
  9. 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  10. 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  11. 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
Instructions
  1. Cook the chicken and chop into bite sized pieces
  2. Cook the pasta, drain
  3. Mix the dried spices, salt and pepper, and vinegars in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add the pasta and toss to coat
  5. Mix in the grapes, cheese, chicken, and basil. Toss to coat.
  6. Refrigerate and serve when ready!
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