My sister in law Mary has requested some recipes for “satisfying, somewhat fancy main dish salads” for an event so here is #1, a Pampered Chef recipe.
1 (16 oz) package uncooked penne pasta
1 head Romaine lettuce, thinly sliced
2 cups diced cooked chicken (when I’m in a hurry, I just use a can of Costo brand chicken)
1/2 cup sliced red onion
1 yellow summer squash or zucchini
2 plum tomatoes
1 large carrot, peeled
1 (3.5 oz) can pitted ripe olives, drained
1/2 cup (2 oz) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1 cup Italian or Ranch dressing
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water and put in large serving bowl. Thinly slice lettuce (using a metal knife will make the lettuce turn brown so if you have a knife that is not metal, that’s the one to use) and dice chicken. Slice red onion, squash and tomatoes. Cut carrot into julienne strips. Slice olives. Top pasta with all ingredients. Drizzle with dressing and toss.
Head’s up – this makes a lot of salad!