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Monday, April 26, 2010

Chicken Pasta Salad

This is my favorite summer salad. It makes a ton, 20 servings. But if we half it, it is just right for dinner and leftovers for lunch the next day. I often just get a rotisserie chicken from Costco to tear up instead of cooking chicken. I will make it in the morning and then refrigerate it for the day and adds nuts right before serving it.

Chicken Pasta Salad

16 oz pkg multi-colored bow tie pasta salad
16 oz package spiral noodles
16 oz bottle of Kraft Coleslaw dressing
4-6 c cooked chicken, cubed
1/2 c green onions, chopped
2 c mayonnaise
20 oz can pineapple tidbits, drained
3-4 c sliced grapes
2 c sliced celery
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 c craisens
1 can mandarin oranges
1 c cashews or almonds
Can add 2 apples chopped and soaked in lemon or pineapple juice of you want

Cook pasta and drain and cool. Combine everything but nuts and stir well. Add nuts right before serving.