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May 15, 2012 | Issue 400

4 Recipes for Our 400th

Pasta Salad with Chicken

This issue marks the 400th healthy recipe. Our weekly email brings delicious cancer protective food from our AICR Test Kitchen to your inbox. To celebrate this milestone we’ve put together a whole healthy spread, perfect for Memorial Day weekend. This light pasta salad is a great starter dish. It features flavorful herbs and veggies tossed in a light, olive oil dressing. It works well with the fresh tomatoes and cucumbers in our featured salad and the flavorful grilled Mojo Marinated Turkey. Cool off with a Test Kitchen favorite – Iced Almond Chai.

Makes 4 servings (about 2 cups per serving).

Per serving: 407 calories, 15 g total fat (2 g saturated fat), 45 g carbohydrate,
27 g protein, 9 g dietary fiber, 174 mg sodium.

  • 6 oz. (or about 1 3/4 cups dry) whole-wheat fusilli
  • 8 oz. cooked chicken breast, skinless and cut into thin strips
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2 cups lightly steamed broccoli florets
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced, including green stem
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped kalamata olives (capers may be substituted)
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tsp. Italian herbs
  • 1-2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 avocado, pitted, peeled and diced small


  1. Cook pasta al dente per package directions. Transfer to colander to drain and rinse thoroughly with cold water to cool.
  2. Gently mix all ingredients together in large salad bowl, except oil, lemon juice and avocado. (If not serving immediately, refrigerate.)
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice. Toss gently again until pasta is well coated.
  4. Add avocado and give the salad a final gentle toss immediately before serving.

The Whole Spread:

Salad: Tomato-Cucumber Salad with Parsley and Mint

Entrée: Mojo Marinated Grilled Turkey

Drink: Iced Almond Chai

Grocery list

Whole-wheat fusilli
Cooked chicken breast
Red bell pepper
Kalamata olives
Italian herbs
Salt and pepper
Olive oil
Lemon juice

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