This salad is very filling and is used as a meal in my home. Everyone always loves it! It is also quick and easy. Note: I have also added olives, hard boiled eggs, and red bell pepper to this salad. Enjoy with your favorite dressing!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Preheat the grill for high heat. Season both sides of chicken breast halves with steak seasoning.

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  • Lightly oil the grill grate. Grill chicken 6 to 8 minutes per side, or until juices run clear. Remove from heat, cool, and cut into strips.

  • Meanwhile, place the rotini pasta in a large pot of lightly salted boiling water. Cook 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente. Drain, and rinse with cold water to cool.

  • In a large bowl, mix together the cheese, onion, lettuce, and tomatoes. Toss with the cooled chicken and pasta to serve.

Nutrition Facts

504 calories; 13.2 g total fat; 103 mg cholesterol; 650 mg sodium. 48 g carbohydrates; 46.5 g protein; Full Nutrition


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Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2008
I love love LOVE this simple recipe! In the summer we do a lot a "cold noodle salad" dishes - too warm to eat anything otherwise and when I stumbled upon this recipe I couldn't wait to try it! A twist between a noodle salad and a lettuce salad! You can use a variety of "seasoning" for the chicken (lemon pepper old bay etc..) and still be amazing. In addition to the cheese I shredded some carrots diced some celery and sprinkled parmesan overall. Also nice is that each individual can choose their dressing: French Ranch Cesar Raspberry Vingerette etc... To top it off is that is light but filling meal - perfect for summer evenings! Thanks for the keeper! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/05/2011
Too basic. Needs dressing...anything to add some zip! Read More
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111 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 33
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2008
I love love LOVE this simple recipe! In the summer we do a lot a "cold noodle salad" dishes - too warm to eat anything otherwise and when I stumbled upon this recipe I couldn't wait to try it! A twist between a noodle salad and a lettuce salad! You can use a variety of "seasoning" for the chicken (lemon pepper old bay etc..) and still be amazing. In addition to the cheese I shredded some carrots diced some celery and sprinkled parmesan overall. Also nice is that each individual can choose their dressing: French Ranch Cesar Raspberry Vingerette etc... To top it off is that is light but filling meal - perfect for summer evenings! Thanks for the keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2005
Easy delicious recipe and simple to adjust to your specific tastes. I pan fried the chicken with steak seasoning instead of grilling added cubed cheddar and pepper jack cheeses instead of mozzarella. I also added 1/3 cup light mayo mixed with 1/3 cup Italian dressing and poured over all. It makes plenty for leftovers (only two of us) and I add the shredded lettuce right before serving so the leftover lettuce doesn't get soggy. Thanks for the great tip of adding steak seasoning on chicken! Will make this again and again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
This is a wonderful salad my husband would not eat cold pasta salad but after me asking him to just "try" this loves it and asks me to make it again and again! We use our own dressings that we like and I make it up in a large tupperware container and it lasts 4 or 5 days! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
Great easy fast recipe. Some changes/additions: Use multi-color rotini- presents better. I also used garlic jack cheese instead of mozzarella and added olives and red bell peppers. I think the salad would taste better without the lettuce though. I used lettuce but did not mix with the salad..used as a 'bed of lettuce'. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2004
Excellent! I added olives red pepper more tomatoes and other veggies. I used Good Seasons Italian dressing with this. Delicious!!! I have added it to my weekly dinner rotation. My husband LOVES this. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
This recipe was really tasty. I used Monterey pepperjack cheese instead of mozarella and it was wonderful. It added some spice to the dish. I will definately make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2004
this recipe is easy to make and goes over big with the family. I use coursely grated mozzarella instead of cubed. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
My kids did not like it I did tho. It would have beed GREAT....if...... there was no pasta that was a big no-no! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
I love this recipe...I made it for a party and it was a big hit... This one is in my favorites!!! Thanks Read More
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