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Southwestern Chicken and Pasta Salad

by Danica Waters

For all you pasta salad lovers out there, hold on tight, because this just might be the best pasta salad you’ve ever eaten.  My eldest daughter, who is a pasta salad fanatic, claims this as her very favorite.  She loves it so much she’s requested it for every single birthday dinner she’s had over the last ten years.  Today is no exception.  And in honor of her birthday, I am sharing this with all of you.




Southwestern Chicken and Pasta Salad

(from Better Homes & Gardens Hot & Spicy Cooking)


In stockpot, cook per package directions:


4 oz rainbow rotini


Drain; rinse with cold water to stop cooking process and drain again.  Place cooked noodles into large bowl; set aside.


Mix dressing:


¼ C salad oil

2 Tbsp white wine vinegar

1 Tbsp lime juice

½ tsp chili powder

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp dry mustard

Several drops Tabasco or other hot pepper sauce


Mix well and pour over pasta in bowl.  Add:


3 fresh or canned jalapeno or Serrano peppers, seeds and ribs removed, diced finely.


To pasta & pepper mixture, add the following:


1 C chopped cooked chicken, seasoned with salt and pepper

1 ear fresh corn or 1 8-3/4 oz canned whole kernel corn, drained (fresh preferred!)

½ medium avocado, seeded, peeled, and cut into bite sized chunks

2 oz Pepper Jack cheese, cubed

¼ C sliced pitted ripe black olives

2 Tbsp sliced green onion

1 – 2-oz jar diced pimiento, drained


Toss all ingredients together well.  Cover and chill for several hours or overnight.


Serves 4.





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Posted in 4th of July and Allspice Chronicles and Better Homes & Gardens Hot & Spicy Cooking and Birthdays and Brunch and Buffet and Camping and Chicken and Cinco de Mayo and Cookbooks and Cuisines and Danica Waters and Dinner and Entrees and Holidays and Lunch and Meal Time and Meats and Memorial Day and Pasta and Picnics and Picnics and resources and Salads and Serving Styles and Southwestern and Special Occasions and The Lunchbox by danica on August 15th, 2011 at 3:09 pm.

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