Garden Chicken & Pasta Salad with Fresh Herb Vinaigrette

3 cups cooked, cubed chicken breast
8 oz. Farfalle pasta, cooked
2 cups broccoli florettes
1 cup cauliflower florettes
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
½ cup sliced celery
½ cup sliced red pepper
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and sliced

1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic, finely minced
3 to 5 drops hot pepper sauce if desired
1/3 cup oil
½ cup chopped fresh herbs such as basil, parsley and thyme

In large bowl, combine all salad ingredients.

In small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients. Pour over salad; toss until evenly coated.

Refrigerate at least 1 hour to blend flavors. Garnish with fresh herbs. Refrigerate leftovers.

Yield: 8 (1½-cup) servings

Nutrition information per serving:
Calories 387 (50%calories from fat)
Fat 21 g
Saturated fat 3g
Cholesterol 43mg
Total Carbohydrate 28g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Protein 21g
Sodium 553mg
% Daily Value: Vitamin A 72 %, Vitamin C 72%, Calcium 4%, Iron 13%


Pack a Summer Picnic!

The hazy, lazy days of summer are here, and life is a little better lived in the great outdoors. Fresh air, sunshine, and exercise only make you appreciate a good meal even more. Why go indoors for meals when you can take a delicious picnic to the park, the beach, or a friend’s backyard? The Fresh1 can help you create a picnic basket packed with fresh, nutritious foods that will help fuel your summer adventures. Grab a blanket, a picnic basket, and some of summer’s tastiest offering for a delicious and memorable meal.

Produce To Go!

What makes a good picnic? Build-your-own sandwiches are a crowd pleaser, and a terrific way to get a good assortment of fresh vegetables into your diet. Pack cold cuts, cheese, and veggies such as tomatoes, lettuce, bell peppers, sprouts, and avocado to make custom sandwiches everyone will enjoy. Try a tangy pasta salad with fresh vegetables, such as our featured recipe, for a special meal. Fresh fruit is a great dessert, and sweet plums, peaches, and nectarines are at their very best this time of year.

Broccoli and Cauliflower

Cooked or fresh, this powerful pair of cruciferous vegetables make every meal healthier—and tastier! They complement each other in taste, texture and appearance, and they share a number of important nutritional qualities as well. Try our featured recipe for a delicious way to get both of these vegetables into one meal. Or keep a container full of chopped, raw veggies in your refrigerator and turn to them when you want a snack that does more than fill you up.

Broccoli (about | recipes)

Broccoli has only 25 calories per serving and is high in vitamins A and C, folic acid, calcium, potassium, and beta-carotene. It also contains powerful phytochemicals that have been associated with a lowered risk of cancer.

Cauliflower (about | recipes)

Cauliflower is another low-calorie treat, and like broccoli is rich in potassium, vitamin C, and folic acid. It also has vitamin B6, riboflavin, and niacin.

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