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Layered Tortellini Pesto Chicken Salad

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  14 reviews
  • 40 min prep time
  • 2 hr 40 min total time
  • 10 ingredients
  • 8 servings
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Loads of flavor in seven lovely layers!

Ingredients

1
package (9 oz) refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini
1
cup Green Giant™ frozen sweet peas (from 1-lb bag)
5
cups torn romaine lettuce
1 1/2
cups julienne (matchstick-cut) carrots
2
cups chopped or strips grilled chicken
1
medium red bell pepper, cut into strips
1/2
cup reduced-fat mayonnaise or salad dressing
1/2
cup basil pesto
1/4
cup buttermilk
2
tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or basil leaves

Steps

  • 1 Cook tortellini as directed on package, adding peas during last 4 minutes of cook time. Drain; rinse immediately with cold water. Pat with paper towels to remove moisture.
  • 2 In 3- or 4-quart clear bowl, layer the lettuce, the carrots, chicken, peas, the tortellini, and bell pepper.
  • 3 In small bowl, mix mayonnaise, pesto and buttermilk. Spread over peppers; sprinkle with parsley. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours until chilled or overnight. Stir just before serving.
  • 1 Cook tortellini as directed on package, adding peas during last 4 minutes of cook time. Drain; rinse immediately with cold water. Pat with paper towels to remove moisture.
  • 2 In 3- or 4-quart clear bowl, layer the lettuce, the carrots, chicken, peas, the tortellini, and bell pepper.
  • 3 In small bowl, mix mayonnaise, pesto and buttermilk. Spread over peppers; sprinkle with parsley. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours until chilled or overnight. Stir just before serving.

Expert Tips

Look for matchstick-cut carrots already cut and packaged in the produce section of the supermarket.

Omit the chicken for a meatless salad.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
330
Calories from Fat
160
% Daily Value
Total Fat
18g
28%
Saturated Fat
4g
21%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
Cholesterol
50mg
17%
Sodium
440mg
18%
Total Carbohydrate
24g
8%
Dietary Fiber
3g
13%
Sugars
5g
5%
Protein
17g
17%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
140%
140%
Vitamin C
60%
60%
Calcium
15%
15%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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