Cilantro-Lime Pasta Salad

Lynn demonstrates a delicious Cilantro-Lime Pasta Salad.  This would be perfect for lunch or even a light dinner.  Adapted from Better Homes and Garden.  5 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces dried whole what rotini pasta
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound boneless/skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 medium mango cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 1 medium avocado, cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 3/4 cup chopped yellow sweet pepper
  • 3/4 cup chopped red sweet pepper
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped
  • Lime wedges, (opt.)


Sprinkle the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.  Roast the chicken in the oven at 350° until done.  Cut chicken into bite size pieces, when cool enough to handle.

Cook pasta according to package directions, drain.

For the dressing, in a blender, combine lime juice, cilantro oil, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, garlic powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper.  Cover and blend about 30 seconds or until well mixed.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine pasta, chicken, tomatoes, red onion, mango, avocado, sweet peppers, and jalapeno pepper.  Pour dressing over pasta mixture; toss gently to coat.  Serve with lime wedges if desired. 

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Lynn's Recipes | August 2015
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