Mediterranean Smoked Chicken, Pasta and Basil Salad

A full flavoured pasta salad featuring the Mediterranean influences of olives, tomatoes and basil.

Difficulty

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cooking Time

10 minutes

Serves

5

Ingredients

  • 8 ml   salt to taste
  • Dash SPAR sunflower oil
  • 500 g SPAR Italian Style Mixed Screws Tricolore noodles
  • 15 ml basil Pesto
  • 250 g SPAR Freshline mini plum tomatoes, halved
  • pouch SPAR Calamata olives, drained, halved ,and pitted
  • ½    SPAR Freshline cucumber, diced
  • +-150 g salami or 2 large smoked chicken breasts, cubed or sliced cut into strips
  • SPAR Salad & Chip dressing
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Pour a kettle full of boiling water into a pot , cover with the lid and bring back to a quick boil. Add in the salt, oil and noodles and once they are boiling steadily uncovered, time the cooking for 5-8 minutes.
  2. Tip the cooked pasta into a colander, shaking well to thoroughly drain off the water.
  3. Transfer into a large bowl, and toss in the pesto to evenly coat the noodles. Refrigerate this while you continue preparing the vegetables.
  4. Toss all the ingredients together, using just enough dressing to moisten the salad to the desired amount. Return to the fridge until ready to serve.  Grind black pepper onto each portion after serving up,

Hints & Tips

Leftovers would keep well for inclusion in a lunchbox for a salad the next day.