Disclaimer: I received samples of Hodgson Mills Whole Wheat Pasta in order to facilitate my review and participate in the contest. This giveaway is sponsored by Hodgson Mills. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and have no been influenced in any way.
Once again, I am participating in Hodgson Mill’s Summer Pastabilities Recipe Contest. Last year, I submitted the Yummy Goodness Pasta Salad dish. I didn’t win, but it’s still one of my favorite pasta dish recipes to use for parties, picnics, cookouts, and more.
This year, I decided to step it up a bit this year. I wanted to make another pasta salad, but I wanted it to be hearty enough that you could eat it as a meal. So, my hubby and I put our thinking caps on and we created the Grilled Chicken Summer Salad.
I love, love, love how this salad turned out. Best part? My kids love it too! It was the first time in a long time that I didn’t hear any complaints at dinner time, and every single one of the kids asked for seconds. It’s just that good.
Here’s the recipe so you can make this for your family. (Please note, this recipe is sized to feed my large family. You can cut the recipe in half for your family, or you can make the full recipe and take the leftovers to a friend. They’ll thank you for it.)
- 6-8 Grilled Chicken Breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
- 2 boxes of Hodgson Mill’s Whole Wheat Angel Hair Pasta
- 1 Cucumber, chopped
- 1 package of Cherry Tomatoes
- 1 Bottle of Italian Dressing
- 2 containers of Feta Cheese
- 15 – 30 Spinach leaves, torn into small pieces
Cook noodles as directed on package. Rinse in cold water. Set aside. Toss all ingredients together in one large (or two medium) size bowl(s). Refrigerate for 1 – 2 hours, or longer if desired. Serve and enjoy!
So, so easy, and so, so yummy!
If you want to get technical, I added the Italian dressing to the pasta first, then the cucumber and spinach, then the tomatoes and cheese, and then the chicken. I used my hands to toss it all together, and that was that! I can’t stress enough how easy this was to make.
I also made it a little better for us by using a cucumber straight from the garden, fat free Italian dressing, and fat free Feta cheese. No guilt, but all of the taste. Yum!! Plus, Hodgson Mill’s pasta is made with 100% whole grains, and it’s so much better for you. I paired my serving with a refreshing glass of ice water, a freshly baked roll, and it was perfect for a summer evening meal.
Enter to win the Summer Pastabilities Gift Pack Give-a-way sweeps from Hodgson Mill! It’s your chance at a $50 prize pack filled with quality Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat pasta, a copy of the Hodgson Mill Whole Grain Baking Book, and so much more! Just make sure you hurry! The sweepstakes ends this Friday, August 9th.
This summer you can also take $1 off any variety of Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat pasta with the coupon available here: http://bit.ly/PASTA2013
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Hodgson Mill also wants to get my readers taste buds tingling, and they’ve offered one lucky reader a $25 Pasta Prize pack. You’ll receive 6 boxes of different Hodgson Mill pasta varieties to try out this recipe, as well as any you want to create! (You’ll be able to view all the yummy recipes in the Summer Pastabilities contest after September 13th at this link: http://hodgsonmill.com/ourkitchen/recipes.)
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