summer pasta salad that I can’t get enough of!

This is my ‘new’ recipe that I can’t get enough of. I know, I know, it got ate before I could take a picture but not only is it amazing but it is very colorful and pleasant to the eye. I thought I would wait to get it on here for the next time I make it, but I wanted to get it out to a friend that just might need this for her vacation coming up….have fun friend!

Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad with Chicken, Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes

Creamy Buttermilk dressing:
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/3 cup mayonaise
1/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

Pasta salad:
2 tablespoons salt
1 pound bow tie pasta (or whatever:/)
8 ounces trimmed asparagus, cut into 1 inch lengths/ or broccoli
1 pound cooked chicken breast strips, pulled into bite-size pieces
8 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
1 (14 ounce) can whole artichoke hearts, drained, chopped up
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted in a small skillet over low heat until golden
1/4 cup pesto (homemade or refrigerated prepared)

Mix dressing ingredients in a small bowl; keep chilled until ready to toss with salad

Bring 1 gallon of water and 2 tbs of salt to boil in a large soup kettle. Add pasta and using package times as a guide, boil, stirring frequently and adding asparagus the last 1 minute, until just tender. Drain thoroughly (do not rinse) and dump onto a large, lipped cooke sheet. Set aside to cool while preparing remaining salad ingredients.

Place all salad ingredients (except buttermilk dressing) in a large bowl or transfer to a gallon-size zippered bag. (can be covered and refrigerated for several hours at this point) When ready to serve, add dressing; toss to coat and serve.

I use this as a whole meal with a piece of sourdough bread on the side….so good, and really easy after reading these directions it seems difficult but it is not and so worth it. Enjoy, enjoy!!!

June 28, 2010 - 6:13 am

Gina - Well, I am thankful for your friend who is going on vacation so I can FINALLY get this recipe! I love this salad!! I normally don’t like pesto either. Yummy! Thank you!!!

June 28, 2010 - 6:33 am

Leanne - Okay, if you have a question in your mind on whether the Lord is in control of your thoughts, I want you to think back to this moment. Because today I went to the store and bought penne pasta, chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, and other various things to make some sort of chicken/penne pasta meal that I’m bringing on vacation!!! So, YES, I need this recipe! I will gladly head back to the store tomorrow for the asparagus and pinenuts and whatever else I don’t have! Thank you! I will eat this with a smile on my face and with thoughts of you!! (I put the nut butter recipe up for you…)

June 28, 2010 - 7:01 am

Mama D.'s Dozen - Sounds yummy! I think my family would like this for a hot summer day (if we ever get one).

Laurel 🙂

June 29, 2010 - 1:03 am

Jasmine - Sounds so good. I need to print this out and try it. Delicious. Thanks for posting.

June 29, 2010 - 5:05 pm

Jenay - Sounds soooo wonderful…why don’t you just come over and make me some!!! Please please please….it’s always better when YOU make it!!! Please….I will go running with you, I will rub your back, I will turn on the slip and slide for the kids…come over and make that salad for me please please!!!

June 30, 2010 - 11:02 pm

Big Fat Mama - This looks SO good! Thanks so much for sharing.

I loved the video too. I had a really LONG day yesterday, and last night I was going through blogs and found that video and just cried. It was just what I needed!!
Have a great night!

July 1, 2010 - 5:47 pm

Big Fat Mama - Please share!! I’ve seen it on lots of blogs. I somehow got to the original You Tube video, and then clicked “share” on “blogger” and it attached it for me. I watched it again last night, bawling again. It’s SUCH a good reminder of appreciating every day, isn’t it?

July 1, 2010 - 11:18 pm

Anonymous - So I told Austin that you put a fabulous sounding recipe on yor blog that I want to try, and her reaction……Marlece? She’s so skinny, what was it? Air + air, eat up!?

A 🙂

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