The summer season is here and for many of us it means time for backyard BBQ’s and potlucks. Backyard BBQ’s and potlucks are my favorite time to try out new recipes and experiment on the guests.
If I go home with an empty bowl then it was a hit and a full bowl means that I should never attempt that recipe again. Great gauge right? This grilled chicken & broccoli pasta salad passed with flying colors!
This delicious recipe is packed to the brim with broccoli and peppers! This salad adds a bit of crunch, mixed with bites of chicken to make a wonderful side dish that will quickly disappear at any of your summer activities.
The dressing is really light and packed with flavor. With the recipe below, the dressing is a very light dressing and so you will want to keep that in mind opposed to traditional pasta salads. You could easily double up the dressing part of the recipe and end up with a much creamier grilled chicken & broccoli pasta salad.
Grilled Chicken & Broccoli Pasta Salad
- 12 oz. Elbow Macaroni
- 2 Broccoli Crowns cut into florets
- 1 Red Pepper diced
- 1 Yellow Pepper diced
- 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts grilled (just season with salt and pepper)
- ½ Cup Sour Cream
- ¼ Cup Mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp. Ranch Seasoning
- ½ teas. Pepper
- ½ Lemon juice
In a large pot or Dutch oven cook the Macaroni until al dente, drain and return to pot.
Add the Broccoli, Red pepper, Yellow pepper and toss to combine.
Cut the Chicken into ¼ - ½ inch cubes and add to the Macaroni.
In a small bowl combine the Sour Cream, Mayonnaise, Ranch seasoning, Pepper and Lemon juice.
Pour over the pasta and toss to evenly coat.
Serve immediately or cover and chill.
This recipe is light on the dressing, you can easily double the Sour cream, Mayo, Ranch, Pepper and Lemon if desired.
For a healthier version you can substitute part or all of the Sour Cream and/or Mayo with Plain Greek Yogurt just add a little less Lemon juice.
Do you have a BBQ or potluck dish that you always fall back on or do you like to use those times to experiment with new recipes?
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