Santa Fe Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad with Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing

Santa Fe Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad


I had this recipe rolling around in my brain for about two weeks now. I wanted to create a cold salad that is packed full a flavor for picnics on the boat this summer. This is definitely a winner! It has three of my favorite ingredients Cilantro, Lime and Avocados. Plus the weather is finally warming up enough to grill. Ok so here is what my brain came up with and it is so delicious it is not funny. I had a hard time not eating the whole bowl.





First I shucked two ears of corn and rolled them in tin foil. Place on a medium heat on your grill. Trust me when I say this grilling the corn is a must for the flavor alone. I turn the corn every few minutes to make sure it cooks the whole corn. Then while the corn is grilling get two chicken breasts ready. I cut my chicken breast in half and then add sea salt and Norton’s seasoning to them. Place on grill until cooked through. By the time the chicken is done your corn will be done too.  Remove from grill and set aside to chill.


While the corn and chicken are on the grill cook the pasta according to the directions on box. Drain pasta and run cold water over to chill it.



In a food processor I add a bunch of Cilantro, Juice from 1 ½ limes, pinch of Sea salt, a splash of  Olive oil, 1 avocado pulse until mixed together. Then I add the mayo and pulse again until it is mixed thoroughly.


In a large bowl I add the can of black beans drained and rinsed. I then chopped the chicken into bite sizes pieces and add those to the bowl. I cut the corn of the husks and add them to the bowl. Stir until combine.



After pasta is cooked and chilled add the pasta to the bowl and mix again.

Take the dressing and add about half to mixture stir and if it needs more add more until covered.

I shred the pepper jack cheese and throw that in. Stir and serve.


Now after I made this I thought of some great add ins. Jalapeno, red onion, pieces of Avocado, or Sundried tomatoes would be great in this. I hope you enjoy this recipe, I know that I will be making it over and over again.


Santa Fe Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad with Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing

2 chicken breast split and grilled

2 ears of Corn grilled

Orecchiette Pasta ½ box

1 can of black beans drained and rinsed

Pepper Jack cheese


Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing

One bunch of cilantro

One avocado

Juice from 1 ½ Limes

Olive oil

Sea salt

¾ cup of mayo



Healthy Green Juice

Healthy Green Juice


So I just want to start out by saying I can no longer say “I do not win at contests.” A week ago I enter to win a Breville Juicer from one of our local kitchen supply stores in Midland, Mi. Peel n’ Pare. It was a Facebook contest that involved them reaching a 1000 likes. If you shared the picture of the Breville Juice Fountain Plus you were entered to win.
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So last Saturday they hit 1000 likes and on Monday they were going to pick the winner.  I logged onto to Facebook that night and walked away and when I came back I had a notification from Peel n’Pare that I was the winner. I had to read it twice. I was so excited that I had to have Jon my husband read it to make sure I wasn’t just seeing things.  I actually won something.  So Tuesday after work I of course went to Peel n’ Pare to pick up my new juicer.  All week I was reading up on the manual and cleaned it before I was to use it.  I searched the web for juicing recipes.  So this morning I was so excited to wake up and try my new juicer.  Here is a recipe I adapted from so many recipes I could not name them all.


Healthy Green Juice

1 Green Apple

½ Lemon

1 Cucumber

3 stalks of Celery

1 Handful of Spinach


I put everything in my juicer except the lemon because I was too lazy to peel the lemon. I juiced the lemon the old fashion way with a manual juicer.  Stir and enjoy.  It tasted like cool apple lemonade. I not sure if you ever tried Cucumber water but it had a slight hint of cucumber water too.  I am so excited to master more recipes with my juicer.

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