Cold Pasta Salad Recipes:
Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe with Avocado

2013-04-29
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  • Servings : 4
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 10m
  • Ready In : 20m

Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

    569
  • Calories from Fat

    330
  • Total Fat

    36.7g
  • Saturated Fat

    5.6g
  • Cholesterol

    79mg
  • Sodium

    760mg
  • Total Carbohydrates

    41.8g
  • Dietary Fiber

    7.3g
  • Sugars

    5.0g
  • Protein

    21.8g
  • Vitamin A

    11%
  • Vitamin C

    24%
  • Calcium

    5%
  • Iron

    14%
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Cold pasta salad recipes are perfect for summer dinners, barbecues and picnics, but they work all year round too.

This chicken pasta salad recipe, with yummy soft avocados, is a lovely lunch item with a salad and whole grain rolls.

Cold Pasta Salad Recipe
with Chicken and Avocado

 

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked pasta
  • 6 green onions, chopped finely
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • lemon juice

For Serving:

large lettuce leaves
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or almonds (optional)

Method

Step 1

If you are starting from dry pasta and raw chicken, boil a large pot of water and cook the pasta to the package directions.

Step 2

Put the cooked pasta in a bowl. Add the chopped green onions to the pasta, then add the mayonnaise. Add the chopped chicken and mix well.

Step 3

Remove the skins from the avocados, cut them in half and remove the stones. Cut 8 thin slices for garnish and chop the remainder of the avocados. Sprinkle the sliced avocado with lemon juice and set aside. Add the chopped avocados to the pasta and mayonnaise mixture with the cooked chicken. Season well and add a few drops of lemon juice.

Step 4

Arrange the salad in a bowl which has been lined with large lettuce leaves. Decorate with slices of avocado. Sprinkle with chopped nuts if desired. It adds a nice crunch and flavor.

Tips:

  • Arrange parsley or watercress around the dish if desired. It adds nice color and flavor.
  • Use low fat mayonnaise for a lower fat and healthier pasta salad.

This can be a very healthy recipe too. Use lower fat mayonnaise to cut the fat content if that is a concern for you.

Avocados are rich in nutrition as well as taste. Walnuts or almonds are equally healthy.

You can use whole wheat pasta to up the nutritional value even more. I like whole wheat pasta. I do find that you need to cook it just a bit more to make it tender. Cook it to the max amount stated on the package, but try it before to make sure you don’t overcook it. And remember – when you cook pasta, the water should be salty enough to taste like the sea.

You can see that, with the exception of a bit of mayonnaise, this is a very healthy salad recipe.

Look here to see why nuts are one of our top 10 healthiest foods to eat.

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