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Personalized Pasta Salad

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Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Makes: 4 cups
Nutrition Facts: View label


2 cups uncooked pasta, such as macaroni or rotini
½ cup reduced-fat salad dressing
2 cups cooked, cubed chicken
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 medium red or green bell pepper, cut in 1" pieces
1/2 medium red onion, diced
1 can (4 ounces) sliced black olives


  1. Measure 6 cups of water into a (4 quart or larger) sauce pan.
  2. Bring water to a boil over high heat and add pasta. Cook until tender (about 8 to 10 minutes), stirring occasionally. Drain. Rinse with cold water to cool quickly; drain well.
  3. Add dressing; toss lightly.
  4. Add meat and vegetables, and toss again.
  5. Chill until ready to serve.
  6. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.


  • Substitute cooked beef, pork, tuna, salmon, turkey, shrimp, or hard-boiled egg for the chicken.


I used this recipe at an after school program and I had the kids choose their own add ins to the pasta so it was truly personalized. They loved it!

I thought this would be a great summer lunch recipe. I personalized it a little more and added canned artichoke hearts, grape tomatoes, and green onions. I used a balsamic vinegarette dressing and topped it with a little more balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper for added flavor. I used store-bought rotisserie chicken, which made this a quick and easy recipe. So flavorful, simple, and quick!

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