COLD PASTA SALAD WITH HERB & LEMON MARINATED CHICKEN, GRILLED EGGPLANT, ROCKET AND CHERRY TOMATOES

Cold Pasta Salad With Herb & Lemon Marinated Chicken, Eggplant, Rocket and Cherry Tomatoes

There are certain things that are more summery than others when it comes to food and cold pasta (as it is called here in Italy) or pasta salad is one. I am a great fan of it because there is nothing better for a summer lunch and when it is hot, you cannot ask for a better dish. Well maybe a cold soup then but sometimes you feel like chewing something, don’t you? One of the attractive traits of the pasta salad is that you make it into whatever you want – vegetarian, vegan, meaty, ‘fowly’ or even gluten-free if you use rice pasta or some other type of gf pasta type. You can use what you find in your fridge or you can lay awake in the night inventing gourmet versions of it, somehow I see very few limits to the varieties of pasta salads, it is like a tabula rasa!

Cold Pasta Salad With Herb & Lemon Marinated Chicken, Eggplant, Rocket and Cherry Tomatoes

Last week I made a pasta salad with chicken, grilled eggplant and peppery rocket, I marinated the chicken in lemon and mixed fresh herbs so the whole salad got a fresh, tangy flavour that was just what I needed to feel fresh in the sunshine!

Cold Pasta Salad With Herb & Lemon Marinated Chicken, Eggplant, Rocket and Cherry Tomatoes

COLD PASTA SALAD WITH HERB & LEMON MARINATED CHICKEN, GRILLED EGGPLANT, ROCKET AND CHERRY TOMATOES
4-6 servings

400 g/14 oz pasta
200 g/ 7 oz chicken meat
250 g/ 8,8 oz eggplant, thinly sliced
1 fistful of rucola/rocket/argula salad
20-25 small cherry tomatoes
2 tblsp fresh herbs, finely chopped
juice of 1 lemon
black olives, optional
salt
extra-virgin olive oil

– Cut the chicken meat into thin strips, put these in a bowl and add herbs and lemon juice. Leave to marinate.
– Cook the pasta al dente and rinse it immediately in cold water. Put it in a big bowl, add a little olive oil and mix, in this way you prevent the pasta to stick together.
– Grill the eggplant slices in a grill pan on both sides until they are soft and look grilled. Add salt.
– Drip of any excess liquid from the chicken meat. Before grilling the chicken, brush the pan with a little oil and then proceed with the cooking. Don’t forget to salt the meat.
– Add chicken, eggplant, rucola and tomatoes to the pasta, drizzle olive over and mix it well. If you want add olives.

Cold Pasta Salad With Herb & Lemon Marinated Chicken, Eggplant, Rocket and Cherry Tomatoes

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