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By: Megan Flom
- 1 box of dry pasta (curly pasta is recommended, but any shape will do)
- Chicken breast (fresh or already cooked)
- 1 large can of medium black olives
- 1 large can of baby corn (in water)
- 1 large can of hearts of palm (in water)
- 1 large can of artichoke hearts (in water)
- 1 small jar of artichoke hearts (in oil) – only if you are a real artichoke lover!
- 1 plastic box of uncut feta cheese (it’s fresher this way, but you’ll only use about half) OR 1 plastic box of crumbled feta cheese
- Fresh veggies of your choice – broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, etc. (best if shredded)
- Olive oil, as needed
- Balsamic vinegar, as needed
- Herbs (i.e., garlic salt, pepper, dill), as needed
- Plain yogurt, sour cream, and/or ranch dressing, as needed
- 1 bag of fresh baby spinach or Romaine hearts (in produce dept.)
- Cook pasta on stove as per instructions on packaging. DO NOT OVERCOOK.
- Dump in colander when pasta is al dente (a little firm). Then, rinse pasta with cold water and sprinkle with olive oil. Set pasta in refrigerator to cool.
- Cook chicken by boiling in chicken broth (or other favorite method). Set chicken in refrigerator to cool.
- Drain olives, baby corn, hearts of palm, and artichokes (in water).
- Chop feta cheese into small cubes (if needed).
- Prepare veggies as needed. Fresh broccoli may need to be blanched in boiling water for a minute or so just to soften it.
- In a large bowl, combine the following ingredients: pasta, chicken, olives, baby corn, hearts of palm, artichokes (in water + whole jar with oil), # feta cheese, and veggies.
- Add oil, vinegar, and something creamy (plain yogurt, sour cream, and/or ranch dressing) in small doses while mixing until you achieve the desired result (feel free to taste as you go).
- Add herbs and spices to taste.
- Refrigerate over night or for a few hours (so that things can marinate); toss every so often.
- Serve over a bed of fresh spinach or Romaine hearts. YUM!
- Provide extra “dressing” for guests who prefer a wetter pasta salad.
How to know if you did it right?
- You made a mess (dirty shirt, drippings on the floor, etc.)
- You laughed a lot
- You are full because of so much tasting
- You kept adding ingredients until you made enough for all your friends