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If you’ve been here awhile you know that this year we moved into our first house. We moved into a lovely little community who loves getting together for all sorts of events. This week our neighborhood is throwing its annual block party. I don’t know about you, but one of the reasons I loved moving further into the burbs is for moments like this. I love getting to meet all of our neighbors and really feel like a part of the community.
For the block party, everyone is required to bring something whether it’s something sweet or savory. I pretty much knew right away what I would be bringing and it is my Grilled Chicken Summer Pasta Salad. I love this dish because it’s bright, colorful, and served cold. Which is great in these Texas temperatures. I pair this with chilled Chardonnay and because you know me, you know I never go anywhere empty handed. I really love Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Chardonnay because it is made for sharing. Plus it’s been around for 30 years so you know it’s a brand you can trust.
To make this recipe you will need boneless skinless chicken, green bell peppers, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, onion, garlic and bowtie pasta. Using the grill to get those beautiful char marks and smokey flavor on your chicken and bell peppers is really what makes this recipe.
When you get all your delicious chicken and veggies grilled up, you’ll want to make your dressing to drizzle over it all. This Rosemary Lemon dressing is divine, I even have it on regular salads as well. It’s simply olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, rosemary, and balsamic vinegar. Whisk to combine.
Now it’s the fun part, you’ll want to put it all together and toss the salad thoroughly till it’s well coated with the dressing. Afterward, let chill in the refrigerator for a minimum of two hours.
Once everything is cooled you are ready to serve. This stuff makes enough to feed 8-10 people as a main course, and easily 14-16 as a side. Talk about the perfect party food! Which is the nice thing about serving it with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Chardonnay because while it’s made for connecting with others by sharing, it also sparks spontaneous moments and makes any occasion more fun. Which is perfect for creating memories at our neighborhood block party.
- 6 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
- 12 ounces Cooked Bowtie Pasta
- 2 White Onions
- 3 Green Bell Peppers
- 4 Red Bell Peppers
- 3 Yellow Bell Peppers
- 5 Cloves of Garlic Minced
- 4.5 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
- 1.5 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
- 1.5 tablespoons Rosemary
- 2 teaspoons Black Pepper
- 1.5 teaspoons Salt
On a cutting board trim the fat off your chicken. Leave your bell pepper whole and cut your onion in half. Use half a teaspoon of olive oil to coat over your chicken, bell peppers, and onion. Sprinkle salt and pepper over chicken to season.
On a grill over medium-high heat cook your chicken until fully cooked (no pink juices run out of it) for about 8-10 minutes. Your vegetable will take roughly about the same time. Get a good char on your veggies!
Once cooked and cooled cube your chicken. Remove the outer skin and inner seeds from your bell peppers and chop. Dice your onion.
Into a large bowl combine your chicken, pasta, bell peppers, onion, and garlic. Drizzle your dressing (down below) over your pasta salad and give it one last toss. Let cool in the refrigerator minimum two hours. Serve cold.
In a bowl whisk together your olive oil, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, black pepper, salt, and rosemary until well combined. Drizzle over pasta or salads.
I love the color and brightness of this pasta. It makes it so inviting and stands out on a table. I’m so excited to attend our first neighborhood block party and make a new summer tradition. Which is what summer is all about right? Do you participate in a neighborhood block party? Let me know down below.
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