Saturday, August 15, 2009

Pasta Salad with Lemon Rosemary Chicken and Roasted Vegetables

As planned, I experimented a bit yesterday and made a new pasta salad. Luckily, it turned out well! :o)

I started by marinating some chicken in:
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt & pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh rosemary - I cut off just a few inches off our rosemary plant and finely chopped the needles I had taken of the sprig
I actually marinated the chicken around noon on Thursday as I had planned on making the salad on Thursday. However, our plans changed (again), and I didn't have a chance to make the salad. I was a bit worried that the chicken was marinating too long. But it turned out very well, and all the chicken pieces were really juicy and tasted like lemon with just a hint of rosemary. I love rosemary, but I think the trick is not to use too much as it can easily overpower all the other flavors in a dish.

On Friday, I simply sauteed the chicken (instead of barbecuing it). Here is the cooked chicken, the Tomato Basil Almond Pesto, and the uncooked pasta (I boiled half the bag). I really like the Chiocciole pasta shape...

I roasted some green beans and a red bell pepper. I simply tossed them with some olive oil and a little salt & pepper. Here they are before they went into the oven...

And here they are after they roasted for about 35 to 40 minutes at 375 degrees...

And here are all the pasta salad ingredients pre-assembly.

There are two chicken breasts cut in half in the picture. However, only about three of the pieces made it into the salad. The other ended up in hubby's tummy. He loved the juicy, flavorful chicken... :o)
And here is the pasta salad assembled. I sprinkled a little feta on it before serving it.

All the flavors worked really well together. We'll have this pasta salad again... :o)

Questions: Do you like pasta salad? If so, what are your favorite ingredients? What are you up to this weekend?

Be well,


  1. Wow - that pasta salad looks AWESOME! Love feta cheese...I love it on anything and everything!

  2. I want a piece of that chicken, too! :)

  3. Anonymous8/15/2009

    I'm a pasta salad fan, I use to love the pasta salad my mom made a lot when I was a kid. It was with diced baked chicken, green peppers, mayo, salt and papper - so simple but it was comfort food at it's finest.

  4. What a delicious recipe! I actually never eat pasta salad! I don't know why- I never ate it growing up so I never think of making it nowadays!

  5. that pasta salad is so colorful and i am sure tasted delish! feta makes everything better without adding too much to it. i love it.

  6. yum that looks great! i remember when i was a kid i used to buy pasta salad out of a box - i had no idea how easy it was to make from scratch! so glad you got some figs!!!!

  7. Mmm...pasta. Looks really tasty!! That chick look perfectly cooked. The rosemary goes really well with it.

  8. Sorry to say, I'm not a big pasta salad fan. But it does look good. Hope you have a great weekend!

  9. That pasta shape is really cute!
    I also do it a healthy Mediterranean-ish way, with roasted vegetables and vinaigrette. I also like adding beans sometimes, to amp up the protein.

  10. I do like pasta salad. And yours looks very tasty. I especially like the feta on top. I'll admit though, pasta salad isn't my first choice, and I don't make it often, but I did have some last night at a birthday bash I was at, and it reminded me of just how good it can be!

  11. Anonymous8/15/2009

    That looks like the perfect summer meal! Thanks for sharing!

  12. First time to your blog. Your meal looks delicious. I like pasta salad and like to feta, broccoli, tomatoes, red and green onions among just to name a few. Hope you are having a good evening.

  13. Anonymous8/15/2009

    I'm actually not so much a fan of pasta salads...I like them hot! But I NEED to try that amazing pesto of yours! You make them all the time and it MUSt be good if you are!

  14. Anonymous8/15/2009

    Wow that pasta salad sounds absolutely phenomenal. I’ve never seen or heard of chiocciole pasta and will have to try it soon! I love trying new pasta shapes :) To me, meat always tastes better when it has marinated for a long time, so it’s a good thing that you delayed your pasta salad making, hehe. I completely agree that rosemary is delicious, but must be used in small amounts. That stuff is strong!

    I’ve been baking, went to a barbecue birthday dinner yesterday (AMAZING food), and just came back from an awesome church volleyball tournament. A fun weekend for me :) Hope you enjoy the rest of yours!

  15. Yum....I think I might just have to try that one! Thanks for sharing.

  16. Oh wow - that looks so good! I do love pasta salad but i've never made one on my own!!

  17. Yum! The pasta salad looks delicious!