This restaurant-quality recipe is the perfect cold dish salad for the warm months!

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Bring water to a boil and add the Rotini pasta and cook according to package directions. Rinse under cold running water and drain well.

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  • Stir the tomato juice, olive oil, vinegar, chili powder, paprika, salt and black pepper together. Toss it with the drained pasta and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours.

  • Combine the Parmesan cheese, corn kernels, cilantro, scallions, red bell pepper, green bell pepper and diced chicken breast. Combine with the chilled pasta mixture and cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight before serving.

Nutrition Facts

290 calories; 6.5 g total fat; 15 mg cholesterol; 263 mg sodium. 45.4 g carbohydrates; 14 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (12)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
This is a great pasta salad! My original intent for this recipe was for today's lunch...I started it last night and after letting the pasta chill I added the remaining ingrediants (omitted the corn) and let chill overnight. About an hour before lunch I pulled this out of the fridge and although it had taste it was very dry. Per another reviewer I added some italian dressing (just enough to dampen the pasta) and put it back in the fridge to blend and cooked an alternative lunch (lemon parmesan spaghetti) instead. I just pulled this salad out to taste-test after letting it sit with the Italian dressing addition (apprx 2 hours) and it is fantastic!! I can hardly stop eating it! The heat is "warm" (not spicy or hot) due to the chili powder but very tasty. Love it and will continue to make again and again. Thanks Holly! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/23/2003
This recipe was oaky but would benefit from additional spices. Read More
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19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
This is a great pasta salad! My original intent for this recipe was for today's lunch...I started it last night and after letting the pasta chill I added the remaining ingrediants (omitted the corn) and let chill overnight. About an hour before lunch I pulled this out of the fridge and although it had taste it was very dry. Per another reviewer I added some italian dressing (just enough to dampen the pasta) and put it back in the fridge to blend and cooked an alternative lunch (lemon parmesan spaghetti) instead. I just pulled this salad out to taste-test after letting it sit with the Italian dressing addition (apprx 2 hours) and it is fantastic!! I can hardly stop eating it! The heat is "warm" (not spicy or hot) due to the chili powder but very tasty. Love it and will continue to make again and again. Thanks Holly! Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
This is a great pasta salad! My original intent for this recipe was for today's lunch...I started it last night and after letting the pasta chill I added the remaining ingrediants (omitted the corn) and let chill overnight. About an hour before lunch I pulled this out of the fridge and although it had taste it was very dry. Per another reviewer I added some italian dressing (just enough to dampen the pasta) and put it back in the fridge to blend and cooked an alternative lunch (lemon parmesan spaghetti) instead. I just pulled this salad out to taste-test after letting it sit with the Italian dressing addition (apprx 2 hours) and it is fantastic!! I can hardly stop eating it! The heat is "warm" (not spicy or hot) due to the chili powder but very tasty. Love it and will continue to make again and again. Thanks Holly! Read More
(16)
Rating: 4 stars
02/09/2003
We found this salad to be a little dry so we added some Italian dressing and fresh chopped tomatoes. It was quite good! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/23/2003
This recipe was oaky but would benefit from additional spices. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/23/2003
My husband and I did not like this salad. We didn't realize how much we don't like the taste of cilantro. If I ever try it again I will omit the cilantro. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/22/2011
I was SO disappointed with this recipe due to all the rave reviews! I began this dish friday late afternoon for a Saturday party. by Friday night it was absolutely dry and flavorless. Fortunately I was able to save this dish by adding TONS of balsamic vinegar garlic powder salt and some sugar (splenda). After these additions and loads of italian dressing this dish was a success. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/09/2008
I enjoyed this but I had to modify a few things. I didn't have the chicken red wine vinegar or tomato juice on hand so I left those out (after scaling the recipe to four servings I really didn't miss it). For the peppers I used a tricolor mixture of precut peppers from Trader Joe's. Good stuff thanks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2003
My husband loves this recipe on hot summer days. And he does not even like salads very well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2003
This is a really good dish for potlucks or picnics. Vegitarians can substitue the mock chicken recipe which uses frozen tofu. This recipe is in the vegitarian section. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2008
What a great pasta salad. This one has great color and texture. The spices added just enough of heat for me. I cooked the chicken breast outside on the grill. I took this to an office potluck and it was enjoyed by everyone. Read More
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