Cook the pasta al dente (1 or 2 minutes shorter than package directions specify) so it holds its shape when tossed with the vegetables and vinaigrette. Ripe for riffs, the salad is also delicious with cheese-filled tortellini.

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Recipe Summary

Makes 8 to 10 servings


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  • Toss together first 7 ingredients in a large bowl, and let stand 10 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, prepare pasta according to package directions. Add hot cooked pasta and chicken to tomato mixture; toss gently to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a serving platter, and top with basil and cilantro.

  • *1 (20-oz.) package refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini may be substituted.