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Summer Pesto Pasta Salad


"This Easy Summer Pesto Pasta Salad is loaded with lemony grilled chicken & summer vegetables & bright, lemony pesto flavor. Serve it warm, cold, or at room temperature, making it a perfect weeknight dinner recipe, meal prep lunch, or even a summer BBQ side dish – an all-purpose summer meal solution! "

Servings: 4-6


8 ounces DeLallo Cavatappi, or other short pasta of choice
2 tablespoons DeLallo Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 lemons, zested, juiced & divided
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
1 red bell pepper, sliced into 3–4 flat planks
1 medium zucchini, sliced lengthwise into 1/4-inch strips
8 ounces cherry tomatoes
1 pound chicken thighs or thinly pounded chicken breast
1 6.35-ounce jar DeLallo Simply Pesto
4 ounces fresh mozzarella pearls
kosher salt & ground black pepper, to season



ajcole13's picture

use only 1/2 lemon juice and zest mixed with the pesto. Pan fry the chicken on the stove in a cast iron skillet, then pan fry the chopped vegetables, scraping up the fond. Lends a nice charred flavor to the overall mix!

ajcole13's picture

Use less of the char next time; the burnt flavor overtook it a bit.

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