You may not be in the islands at this very moment, but you can certainly pretend to be while eating this tropical-inspired pasta salad--featuring grilled chicken, creamy avocadoes and sweet mango, tossed with lime-cilantro dressing.

Diabetic Living Magazine
Source: Diabetic Living Magazine


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.

  • Meanwhile, for dressing, in a blender, combine lime juice, cilantro, oil, sugar, salt, garlic powder, cumin and cayenne pepper. Cover and blend about 30 seconds or until well mixed. Set aside.

  • Lightly coat the rack of an indoor electric grill with cooking spray. Preheat grill. Sprinkle chicken with salt and black pepper. Place chicken on grill rack. If using a grill with a cover, close lid. Grill until chicken is no longer pink (170 degrees F). (For a covered grill, allow about 6 minutes. For an uncovered grill, allow 12 to 15 minutes, turning once halfway through grilling.) Cut chicken into bite-size pieces.

  • In a large bowl, combine pasta, chicken, tomatoes, red onion, mango, avocado, sweet peppers and jalapeno pepper. Pour dressing over pasta mixture; toss gently to coat. If desired, serve with lime wedges.


Tip: Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.

Nutrition Facts

357.1 calories; protein 24.4g 49% DV; carbohydrates 37.3g 12% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 6.1g 24% DV; sugars 14.1g; fat 13g 20% DV; saturated fat 1.9g 10% DV; cholesterol 58.1mg 19% DV; vitamin a iu 2495.4IU 50% DV; vitamin c 92.7mg 155% DV; folate 82.7mcg 21% DV; calcium 34.2mg 3% DV; iron 2.3mg 13% DV; magnesium 52.9mg 19% DV; potassium 845.8mg 24% DV; sodium 580mg 23% DV.