California Chicken Cafe Pasta Salad Recipe

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The California Chicken Cafe Pasta Salad is a refreshing and flavorful dish that is perfect for a light lunch or as a side dish. This salad combines tender pasta, grilled chicken, and a variety of fresh vegetables, all tossed in a tangy and creamy dressing. It's a crowd-pleasing recipe that is easy to make and sure to impress!

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces rotini pasta
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup black olives, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the rotini pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
  2. Preheat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Grill the chicken for about 4-5 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Remove from the grill and let it rest for a few minutes. Slice the chicken into thin strips.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta, grilled chicken, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, black olives, and parsley.
  4. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, olive oil, minced garlic, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  5. Pour