February 17th, 2012

Chicken Pasta Salad


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Chicken salad is simply wonderful!  You can use it as a side dish or as an entrée,   it’s a favorite for potlucks or buffets, and it is perfect for luncheons and baby showers!  You’ll love this version {it has a secret ingredient} because it is easy to make and loaded with pineapple, grapes, apples, and cashews – What’s not to love??

So what’s the secret ingredient??   Hidden Valley Coleslaw dressing {who’d of thought…}  It adds a wonderful and unique “zing” to the pasta and chicken combination that you’ll absolutely love {watch out, it’s a little addictive!}.

 

Chicken Pasta Salad

2 cups Barilla piccolini pasta  (any shape mini pasta – I like the farfalle)

1 ½ cups cooked chicken, cubed

1 bunch green onions, sliced (use  tops also)

1/2 cup mayo or miracle whip

Hidden Valley Coleslaw Dressing (in the bottle, not a dry mix)

1 (8 oz.) can pineapple tidbits, drained

red or black grapes cut in half

1 red apple, diced

1 cup cashews

Cook pasta for about 5 minute* (al denti)  and cool.  Add mayo, green onions, chicken, and enough coleslaw dressing to evenly coat ingredients.  Refrigerate overnight {pasta will soak up the dressing, so you’ll need to add more the next day}.  Before serving, add grapes, pineapple, apple,  and nuts.   Add additional coleslaw dressing to coat ingredients.  Yum – you’ll love it!

*Check package directions for the pasta you choose.

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3 Responses to “Chicken Pasta Salad”

  1. Looks lovely, can’t wait to try this recipe… hope I can find the bow tie piccolini in my grocery store!

  2. which do you recommend using- mayo or miracle whip? i have both and want it to taste the best. thanks!

  3. I got this recipe from my sister and she recommends the Miracle Whip. (I am a mayo person myself and don’t usually have the Miracle Whip on hand – so I will use mayo). If you have both I would use the Miracle Whip for a little extra tang! But I have had both and you won’t be disappointed either way! Let us know how you like it!!! Thanks for following CaramelPotatoes!

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