Healthy Recipes

Chicken & Watercress Pasta Salad

February 5, 2021

Yield
Serves 4
Prep Time
10mins
Cook Time
30mins
Difficulty Level
3 / 5

This versatile pasta salad contains all the crunch, flavour and satisfaction for entertaining, or even as a low-calorie meal. With less than 30 mins preparation, this leaves you more time for everything else on your list.

Ingredients

LEMON & WATERCRESS DRESSING

Steps

01.

Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling water for 1 min less than packet instructions state, or until pasta is slightly firmer than al dente. Drain, rinse under cold running water, drain.

02.

Meanwhile, make lemon and watercress dressing. Blend or process ingredients until smooth, season to taste.

03.

Boil, steam or microwave beans and peas, separately, until vegetables are just tender, drain. Refresh in a bowl of iced water, drain, then transfer to a large bowl.

04.

Add pasta, chicken, watercress and parsley to bowl. Toss gently to combine. Place salad on a large platter or divide among bowls. Top with almonds. Drizzle with dressing.

TIP You could substitute another small pasta for the pasta shells. You will need 2 bunches of watercress. For a modern look, split the green beans in half lengthways and arrange with other ingredients in individual containers, then drizzle with dressing.

Do ahead: Recipe can be prepared 8 hrs ahead up to the end of step 4.

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