Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad with Chicken, Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes Recipe

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Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad with Chicken, Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes
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  1. Mix dressing ingredients in a small bowl; keep chilled until ready to toss with salad. (Store in clean jar with lid.)
  2. Bring 1 gallon of water and 2 Tbs. of salt to boil in a large soup kettle. Add pasta and, using package times as a guide, boil, stirring frequently and adding asparagus the last 1 minute, until just tender. Drain thoroughly (do not rinse) and dump onto a large, lipped cookie sheet. Set aside to cool while preparing remaining salad ingredients.
  3. Place all salad ingredients (except buttermilk dressing) in a large bowl or transfer to a gallon-size zippered bag. (Can be covered and refrigerated several hours at this point.) When ready to serve, add dressing; toss to coat and serve.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 552.55 Kcal (2313 kJ)
Calories from fat 246.05 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27.34g 42%
Cholesterol 34.71mg 12%
Sodium 2115.46mg 88%
Potassium 376.01mg 8%
Total Carbs 56.91g 19%
Sugars 4.06g 16%
Dietary Fiber 7.92g 32%
Protein 22.08g 44%
Vitamin C 7.1mg 12%
Vitamin A 0.2mg 7%
Iron 18.7mg 104%
Calcium 97.5mg 10%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 237.1 Kcal (993 kJ)
Calories from fat 105.58 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.73g 42%
Cholesterol 14.9mg 12%
Sodium 907.75mg 88%
Potassium 161.35mg 8%
Total Carbs 24.42g 19%
Sugars 1.74g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3.4g 32%
Protein 9.47g 44%
Vitamin C 3mg 12%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 7%
Iron 8mg 104%
Calcium 41.8mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 12.5
  • 15

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol,
  • good source of fiber

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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