Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

 

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Boneless Buffalo wings, one of the best bar snacks ever invented.  I loved them in my 20’s but sadly I no longer have the metabolism of a 20 year old and not to mention it’s bikini season.  So…. I get my buffalo chicken fix with this delicious and nutritious pasta salad.  There is all of that delicious buffalo chicken flavor but without the breading, the frying and the guilt.  And, wait for it…..there’s even fresh crumbled blue cheese!  Yep, I’ve covered all the bases with this one.  You could pack it for a poolside lunch where you can wear and rock your two-piece bathing suit.

I was able to find a bottle of all natural ranch dressing made with yogurt which was good for this recipe.  You can also use my homemade Buttermilk ranch dressing.

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Buffalo Chicken Pasta
 
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Recipe type: pasta salad, side dish, main dish
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups dry whole wheat Rotini or Penne pasta
  • 2 cups of rotisserie chicken or cooked chicken breast - shredded
  • 3 stalks of celery - diced
  • 4 green onions (white and green parts) - diced
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 8-10 ounces of all natural bottled Ranch Dressing
  • 2 Tablespoons hot sauce (or more)
  • ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta to al dente, rinse and set aside to cool thoroughly.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the ranch dressing, blue cheese and buffalo sauce.
  3. Test the spiciness of the dressing and add more hot sauce to your liking.
  4. In a large bowl, toss the cooled pasta, chicken, celery, onion and carrot together.
  5. Pour the dressing over the salad and stir with a spatula until evenly coated.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

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Oh summer, how I’ll miss you….

tomato.layered.salad.1I told you quite awhile ago that I’m working on new ways to use all these tomatoes I have in the garden.  While my tomatoes are still growing on the vine my ideas seem to be running short.  The creative juices just don’t seem to be flowing for me lately.

Truthfully, the ending of summer is really hitting me particularly hard this year.  Summer just felt so short and chilly this year.  I’m longing to taste a fresh juicy watermelon one more time, lie by the pool and tend to my flower pots.  In an attempt to embrace the Fall season I stopped to look at all the fall and Halloween décor at my local gift shop; typically one of my favorite things to do.  Even that just seemed to make me feel rather blue.

Alas, I will eventually embrace Fall and all of the wonderful flavors that go along with it.  Squashes, pumpkin anything, apples and pears and homemade chili will soon be gracing my kitchen and I must say, the thought of them does make me smile.

So, in the tomato spirit, this is a layered tomato salad that I’ve stuffed with a chicken pasta salad.  A pretty presentation I thought; it’s even wearing a little hat!

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This is a simple tomato tossed salad.  I love tomatoes in many ways but my favorite is still slicing or chopping a tomato and eating it on it’s own sprinkled with some Kosher salt or on top of a mixed green salad with a light vinaigrette.

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