Summer Chicken Pasta Salad

Knock, knock, anyone here? I’ve been hibernating from the blog world for a little bit, sorry about that. The end of the school year is really taking a toll on me this time around. I’m exhausted! Probably has a little something to do with the little lady in my belly sucking all my energy. G likes to pull whatever I have left out at the end of the day too. It’s tons of fun ;)

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But Sunday G graced the hubs and I with an extra long nap. It was ahhhmazing. Tim was able to tackle a ton of yard work, and I did a ton of food prep. And since the days are getting warmer, I decided it was time to whip up my favorite sauce for lunch pasta salad. The sauce is go-to in our home during the summer. It mixes well with quinoa, rice, or pasta, and any spices to change the flavor profile just enough to keep it interesting.

This week I tossed it with basil and tomato, two of my favorite summer staples, and some chicken the hubs grilled. I’m already looking forward to tomorrow’s lunch!

Summer Chicken Pasta Salad @LeilaDishes



For the Pasta

1 pound organic small pasta of choice

2 large chicken breast, cooked and shredded or cubed

1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

1/3 cup diced red onion

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

3 bunches basil, chiffonade


For the Sauce

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup stone ground mustard

4 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper



In a large bowl, mix together sauce ingredients.

Cook pasta, drain, and toss with sauce, chicken, feta, red onion, tomatoes, and basil. Serve hot or chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour to serve cold.




It’s a…

On Tuesday we had our BIG ultrasound. Baby Dish was somewhat cooperative, so the tech was able to get all the measurements she needed, but we didn’t get any face pictures. Little fists in the way the whole time!

The tech had us look away at the very beginning of the ultrasound and printed a picture before we looked. She placed the picture in a card we brought, and then continued on with the ultrasound. It was very difficult to not sneak a peek at the card before I dropped it off at the card shop to get the balloons filled!

The next day my sister-in-law picked up the balloons and our dog and met us at a park, where our family photographer, Laura Fifield, had us positioned and ready to find out if Baby Dish was a boy or a girl! It was so suspenseful, wondering what color the balloons would be!

Poor G was afraid of the balloons! We tried to perk her up with some Pirate’s Booty, but no dice. And then I walked the balloons into a tree and thoroughly traumatized her when 3 of them popped. Poor kid!

But I think she’ll be excited to welcome a baby sister this Fall!