Asparagus and Chicken Pasta Salad

I love asparagus season, I buy a couple of bunches every time I go grocery shopping, and then I try to figure out what I want to make with it.  I really like my recipe for Rotini with Asparagus and Chicken, but in the summer, I feel more like eating a salad, instead of hot pasta.  So I thought that I would try a make-over on this recipe, and try it as a salad.  I didn’t have much time, so I used the small shells and the one chicken breast and one chicken thigh from the freezer.  Al and I ran to the local fruit stand, and I picked up a couple of smallish cucumbers and some limes, 3 for a dollar.  They didn’t have lemons, and they didn’t have any bell peppers, which I wanted to use.  Oh well, next time.  Al picked up a box of blueberries to sprinkle over the top of his serving, I haven’t tried that yet.  I just barely cooked the asparagus, since I just didn’t think cooked veggies belonged in a salad – it turned out to be perfect!

Asparagus and Chicken Pasta Salad

16 oz small shells
1 lb chicken, cooked and diced
1 medium onion, chopped
2 medium cucumbers, chopped
2 bunches asparagus, cut into small pieces
3 limes, juiced
1 6 oz carton plain non-fat greek yogurt
1 t italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions, drain.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and cook the asparagus for 3 minutes, drain, and run cold water over to stop cooking.  Mix together pasta, onion, cucumber, and chicken in a large mixing bowl.  Stir together yogurt, lime juice, italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to make dressing.  Add to pasta mixture and mix well.  Gently stir in asparagus.  Cool in refrigerator.

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About sunflowerswank

After working all of my life, I retired in June, 2011. I try to use my extra time to rest, exercise, paint my fingernails, play with my 9 cats, spend time with my husband, Al, and cook healthy and lower fat recipies for us to eat. I try to use as many fruits and vegetables in my menus as I can cram in, sometimes to the complaints of the hubs - LOL! I am also making over some of my old favorites to be heathier with more vegetables in them, and less fat.
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