6.09.2010

signs of summer

summer is just around the corner, and the luscious fragrant fruits are coming in. every year i look forward to summer for many reason... but here is one...
pasta salad with chicken and fruit.

i used to have this when i was little at a restaurant that was below my dad's studio. every time we went, i would get the same thing. i don't have a true recipe for it, it actually doesn't need one... it is more of a combination of flavors. ratios are not important here, just make sure you have all of the parts, and add more or less of what you like.

ingredients... 
spiral pasta
berries and stone fruit-(peaches,plums,nectarines,apricots) sliced kumquats are also wonderful in this! 
shredded chicken- either poached or roasted  
swiss cheese
toasted sliced almonds
dressing -you can make your own, which i always do for just about everything else BUT this. for some reason Newman's Own olive oil and vinegar is perfect.

preparation... in no particular order 
cook your pasta in salted water to al dente, and cool completely.
shred the cooled chicken and add to the pasta.
cut the fruit into bite sized pieces, add to pasta and chicken
slice the swiss cheese into little ribbons, set aside... i buy pre-sliced and go from there
toss the dressing in the pasta chicken and fruit mixture
season with salt to taste.
top with sliced cheese and toasted almonds.


my husband said... "it's a shame we have to wait for summer to have this." my sentiments exactly. but then again, what would there be to look forward to?