Lemon Basil Pasta Salad


  • 2skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 (16 ounce) package rotini pasta
  • 1 pinch garlic salt, or to taste
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1lemon, juiced
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste
  • 1 (10 ounce) package baby spinach leaves
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate. Season chicken breasts with salt and black pepper.


  • Step 2

    Cook chicken breasts on the preheated grill until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 30 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Cut chicken into cubes.

  • Step 3

    Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook the rotini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes; drain. Season pasta with garlic salt.

  • Step 4

    Whisk vegetable oil, lemon juice, basil, and Parmesan cheese together in a large bowl. Add pasta, chicken, and spinach leaves. Toss to coat.

  • Step 5

    Cover and chill for 2 hours before serving.

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