I have been so fortunate to have made so many new friends lately that have been so helpful with my upcoming cookbook. A few weeks ago, I met Nancy Bynon, through a publisher friend of mine (thank you Sheila), and it was truly my lucky day. Nancy was one of the Editors of the “Tables of Content” cookbook for the Junior League of Birmingham. It’s an amazing cookbook-one of my all-time favorites, and many talented women of Birmingham worked hard to develop such a fabulous book. Nancy has been so wonderful to me by helping me test recipes and offering great suggestions. The night I met her, she was making a version of this recipe. It was delicious, and I told her my kids would love it. When I made it the other night, everyone was fighting over it. It is truly great and a perfect weeknight or weekend main-dish pasta salad. Thanks to all of you (you know who you are) who are have helped me out. One more month to go.
Bistro Chicken Pasta Salad
4 to 6 servings
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
3 cups penne pasta, cooked
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, grilled or cooked, cut into cubes
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup diced purple onion
1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon ground oregano
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup freshly chopped basil
1. Whisk together balsamic vinegar, Dijon, olive oil and garlic in a small bowl. Set aside.
2. Combine pasta and next 7 ingredients in a large bowl, tossing gently. Stir in balsamic vinaigrette and basil, tossing gently. Serve immediately or chill.