Summer Pasta Salad


Yesterday was my husband’s birthday. I offered to make him anything in the world for dinner. He chose this salad. It’s quick and easy, so I was okay with that. I often make it without the chicken and cheese as a side salad, but otherwise it is great as a main dish.


  • 2 cups uncooked pene pasta (really any pasta will do)
  • 2 roma tomatoes, cubed
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and cubed
  • 1 large chicken breast, cooked and cubed (I sprinkle italian seasoning on mine and grill it. But if you had left-over chicken that would work fine too. Just use 1 to 1 1/2 C cooked chicken)
  • 1 C mozzarella cheese
  • 2 T fresh, chopped parsley
  • 1/2 bottle Italian salad dressing (Really any vinaigrette will work here. For his birthday, my husband chose Caesar Italian. My favorite is Sun-Dried Tomato).
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook Pasta according to directions on box. Drain and let cool.
  • In a large bowl, combine cooled chicken, tomato, cucumber, pasta and cheese.
  • Top with dressing, parsley, salt and pepper

It’s that simple! This is a great summer dinner or for a picnic. It can be served at any temperature.

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2 Responses to “Summer Pasta Salad”

  1. Rhonda Meeks
    April 16, 2012 at 7:36 am #

    Any receipes for carb free, high protein food? Trying to keep the pounds off.