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Healthy Summer Pasta

If you're looking for a lighter, healthier pasta to enjoy when the weather warms up, this recipe is for you! Full of garden vegetables, grilled chicken, and healthy oils, this summer pasta is as delicious as it is simple. It it also gluten-free and dairy-free, making it a healthy meal option for those with food allergies.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Allergen-free, Dairy-Free, Gluten Free, Healthy, Pasta, Vegetables
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

Homemade Italian Dressing

  • 1/2 cup avocado oil (can sub extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar (can sub white wine vinegar)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • sea salt, to taste

Healthy Summer Pasta

  • 2 grilled chicken breasts (grill before beginning pasta)
  • 1 cup pasta noodles (can use gluten-free if needed)
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 medium summer squash
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil (can sub extra virgin olive oil)
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

Instructions

Homemade Italian Dressing

  • Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more salt and pepper if necessary.

Healthy Summer Pasta

  • Cook pasta according to instructions on box.
  • While cooking pasta, cut the zucchini and summer squash into small moon-shaped pieces. Slice grilled chicken breasts into strips.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium. Add zucchini and squash and cook for 5-10 minutes, tossing occasionally, until vegetables begin to soften. Add crushed garlic and cook 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Remove skillet from heat. Drain pasta. Add vegetables, grilled chicken, and the entire batch of homemade Italian dressing into the pasta bowl. Stir to combine and serve warm.
  • Optional: Sprinkle freshly grated parmesan cheese on top.

Notes

  • We like to use avocado oil, but you can also sub with extra virgin olive oil.
  • We typically use this Gluten-Free Organic Brown Rice Pasta. It cooks nicely and is wonderful if you're trying to eat less gluten in your diet.
  • The homemade Italian dressing recipe is adapted from this recipe.