Not that many of you care, but I've totally been grooving on pasta salads for lunch the last couple of weeks. For years I would try to make them, and they would be all bland, and not worth eating. But I have cracked the code.
It's also a great way to use up little bits of leftover stuff.
1 cup cooked pasta (usually whole wheat) couscous works well too
1 diced chicken breast or thigh. (here's where the leftovers work to your advantage.)
diced red bell pepper
sprinkle of salted sunflower seeds
sprinkle of dried cranberries
about an ounce of crumbed feta cheese
Mix the items together in a biggish bowl, drizzle with oil and vinegar and a dash of pepper (you don't need to add salt - since both the sunflower seeds and the feta take care of that for you.)