Chicken Asparagus Pasta Salad

"This recipe is adapted from the "Simply Down Home Cookbook' that I received from Studentchef in the Spring 2009 Cookbook Swap. It uses some of my favorite ingredients and I can not wait until late Spring when fresh, local asparagus is in season! A neighboring town, Hadley, Massachusetts is famous for its asparagus and I eat more than my fill every year!"
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  • Bring 4 quarts of water to boil in a stockpot.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente.
  • Drain pasta and keep warm.
  • Wash asparagus and remove and discard tough ends.
  • Slice asparagus into one inch pieces.
  • Cook asparagus in a large skillet in shallow water and steam for 1-2 minutes until crisp tender.
  • Drain well and reserve.
  • Chop chicken into one inch pieces.
  • Cut grape tomatoes in half.
  • Combine Italian dressing ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Add cooked pasta and asparagus to the Italian dressing and mix together until everything is evenly coated.
  • Add chicken, tomatoes, basil, olives, and cheese and stir to combine.
  • Serve pasta salad warm or at room temperature.

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  1. KerfuffleUponWincle
    A very nice blend of flavors! This would make a HUGE amount as written ~ I used 1 pound of chicken, 8 ounces grape tomatoes, 1/2 pound pasta, and 1 pound oven roasted asparagus, with the basil, feta, and olives, as written ~ And, I'll be eating it for days! Made for my Preemie Orphanage Adoption Spring PAC 2011.


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