Chicken pesto pasta salad
Nutrition Info.(per serve)
250g wholemeal pasta
350g lean cooked chicken
3 tablespoons sundried tomato pesto
4-5 tablespoons low-fat plain yoghurt
juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 ripe avocado, sliced
1 cucumber, sliced
2 to 3 spring onions, sliced
¹/³ cup fresh basil
3 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted (optional)
Total fat 26g
Saturated fat 5g
Dietary fibre 11g
1 In a pot of lightly salted boiling water, cook pasta until al dente.
2 Meanwhile, slice chicken and set aside. In a small bowl, combine pesto, yoghurt, half of the lemon zest and, reserving 2 tablespoons for the avocado, the lemon juice. Season with pepper.
3 Toss avocado in reserved lemon juice.
4 Drain pasta and place in a large salad bowl. Add olive oil and toss to coat.
5 Add pesto dressing to pasta and toss again to evenly coat. Add chicken, avocado, cucumber and spring onions and combine. Adjust seasoning and serve sprinkled with basil, freshly ground black pepper, remaining zest and a sprinkling of toasted almonds, if desired, for extra texture.
Make it gluten free: Use gluten-free pasta and check pesto is gluten free.
Make it vegan: Use Sunfed Chicken free chicken and vegan yogurt. Check the pesto is vegan.
You can vary this recipe by replacing the sundried tomato pesto with green pesto, sprinkling over pine nuts instead of almonds or swapping lemon for lime juice.