Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Chicken Pasta Salad

This is such a great dish for such a mundane name. It's easy and actually can be adjusted to what may be in the refrigerator. It's an oil and vinegar based salad so it's great to take to potlucks AND it can be a side salad if you omit the chicken.
I like bow tie or penne pasta for pasta salads because they are "forkable" and much easier to eat than long noodle pasta salads.
It's easy to do and except for the dressing, this salad doesn't have exact proportions. Red pepper, sliced thinly, asparagus, green onion (although I've used red onion when I didn't have any green) and, of course, chicken.

You poach the chicken and then in the same water, boil the asparagus just until it loses it's crispness and then shock the asparagus in ice water to stop the cooking and set the color, and lastly, add the pasta to the same water and cook until al dente.

Mix all together and then pour over the raspberry Dijon vinaigrette. Toss until the salad is well coated. (And I like to do it while the pasta is hot for I think it absorbs the vinaigrete better.)

The vinaigrette is really tasty -- not only on this salad but on lettuce salads as well. It does make a nice quantity of dressing and sometimes I have some left over which I put in a Mason jar and refrigerate. (Note: olive oil will set if refrigerated -- just take from the fridge about a half hour before dinner)


2 t. Dijon
2 t. tarragon (prefer fresh but have used dried)
1 green onion, cut in chunks (both green and white)
1/2 cup Raspberry vinager
1 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together in a food processor until well blended.


Pondside said...

That sounds delicious - perfect for a summer potluck or lunch. The asparagus is just starting here now - such a great time of year!

xinex said...

Looks very goos, I copied the recipe and will try it sometime.Hubby likes pasta salad and I never made it before...Christine

blackbird said...

Hi Martha,

I love pasta salads too- all kinds.

They are great to have in the fridge to grab when you come in hungry from the garden. If I have really great tomatoes in mine- I sometimes skip the dressing altogether.

They are wonderful to take to parties- quick and easy and so pretty.

Tammy518 said...

I'm always on the lookout for new pasta salad recipes. This sounds wonderful! I'll definitely try it this summer.

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

Love bow tie pasta - it's so cool. I made a raspberry vinaigrette this weekend for a salad. Perhaps we're on the same wave links. Have a nice Memorial Day.