Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Chicken Salad Goodness

It wasn't until about 2 years ago that I decided I liked chicken salad.

To be honest, I always thought things like grapes were just GRO-OSS to put with chicken.  That is until I had a chicken pasta salad at a baby shower (where else?).  I loved this salad and had to ask my friend Tiffany for the recipe.

Now, it's not just the standard chicken salad.  I did mention there is some pasta thrown in, right?  I'm a sucker for any kind of pasta.

The other night I put this together again.  It is the perfect summer salad and I haven't found anyone who doesn't like it.
Ok, I'll stop talking and let you be the judge.



Chicken Pasta Salad with Cashews and Cranberries

1 16 oz. package bow tie pasta, cooked, cooled, and drained
1 16 oz. bottle Coleslaw dressing
1/2 c. Miracle Whip  (the light version works well here too)
4 c. cooked cubed chicken (rotisserie chicken is easy)
2 c. seedless green grapes, halved
2 c. seedless red grapes, halved
2 (5 oz.) cans sliced water chestnuts
2 c. chopped celery
1/2 c. chopped green onion
2 c. cashew halves
2 c. dried cranberries

Whisk coleslaw dressing and Miracle Whip.   Mix with all of the ingredients except the cashews and cranberries.  Chill for 2 hrs. or overnight.  Add the cranberries and cashews just before serving.  Serve cold.

One warning.  This makes a HUGE amount of salad.  I half this recipe to feed my family of 5 and have leftovers.

Catch ya later!



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7 comments:

  1. Chicken - good. Pasta - good. Grapes - good. Cashews - make this practically a perfect summer salad!!

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  2. Yumm! That looks so delicious Heather. I haven't tried a grape chicken salad with pasta yet. I love it on croissants though, so I bet it is fantastic.

    Visiting from Show Me What You Got. Have a great week!

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  3. Oh!!! I think you got everything I love in this chicken salad recipe. Cranberries, water chestnuts, grapes, nuts...it's all good. I'm having my first link party Cast Party Wednesday and would like to invite you to share this tasty recipe with us. http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/
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