Chicken Pasta Salad with Cashews and Dried Cranberries Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Chicken Pasta Salad with Cashews and Dried Cranberries Recipe
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Chicken Pasta Salad with Cashews and Dried Cranberries

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"Everyone always loves this delicious pasta salad combining fruit, crunchy cashews, scallions, celery, and water chestnuts with chicken. You can't go wrong with this recipe!"

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
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  • PREP

    35 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins
  • READY IN

    2 hrs 45 mins

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain, and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together coleslaw dressing, mayonnaise, and creamy salad dressing.
  3. In a large bowl, combine pasta, chicken, green grapes, red grapes, water chestnuts, celery, and green onions. Stir in dressing, and mix well. Place the salad in the refrigerator to marinate for 2 hours, or overnight. Mix in cashews and dried cranberries just before serving. Serve cold.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 28, 2009

I liked this salad but would definitely do differently next time. I prepared this one late night. Had put the cooked chicken, cooked pasta, grapes, and green onions in a bowl with every intention to make that night. However, I ended up going to bed early. The next night, I mixed the cole slaw & mayo ( I omitted miracle whip-instead added extra 1/4 cup mayo and 1/2 tbsp of lawry's seasoning) and added the mayo mixture to the cold pasta then added cranberries & pecans. It looked so yummy I decided to eat some then and it was delicious! However, I made this for the next day and as the recipe suggest, I let it marinate overnight, the next day it was a let down! The flavors just "fell flat". I would suggest prepping the salad, chilling overnight, then adding the dressing! Also, make sure you add the cranberries right before serving as they will turn your salad a grayish color.

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 21, 2008

I took a couple of stars off for the recipe as written here. Since I think Miracle Whip is incredibly gross, I made my own creamy dressing with mayo, sour cream, dijon mustard, honey, garlic, fig vinegar and bit of worcestershire sauce; limited celery and diced it rather than sliced so it wasn't so overpowering; I also used half the grapes indicated; and toasted the cashews. it was fabulous.

 
Jul 20, 2007

This salad was delicious! I will definitely make it again. I modified it a little by adding 1 cup of mayo instead of ½ cup of mayo and ½ cup of Miracle Whip (I’m not a fan of Miracle Whip), I excluded the red grapes and put only one cup of dried cranberries in it. I used a rotisserie chicken for ease. I love recipes like this – very flavorful and looks great too!

 
May 03, 2008

Wonderful. Took to a family gathering and loved it. Although I added 1 cup of miracle whip, 1 cup of coconut, 1 can of mandarin oranges, and 1 can pineapple tidbits- awesome!!

 
Mar 23, 2008

This was good. I ended up using a whole box of pasta (12oz) because there seemed to be a lot of dressing (and I still didn't make up all the dressing). I did think that next time I'll either put cranberries OR grapes--but, not both. I used pecans because that was what I had on hand (I think cashews may have worked better with the flavor combo of this recipe). With a few changes to reflect our personal tastes, this will make a nice summer pasta salad.

 
Jul 31, 2009

This salad is fabulous! I tried it at a luncheon, and loved it so much that I requested the recipe, something I rarely do. The only real change, it that our recipe also includes 10 0z.pineapple tidbits. The pinapple is a nice touch!

 
May 04, 2008

This recipe is great!! I'm on my second batch in a week. My husband LOVES this! We like a drier salad so I just used the poppyseed dressing and 1/2 mayo and it was just enough. Definitely a keeper

 
Jun 10, 2007

this is my kind of recipe. i have a hard time includind any fruit in my dinners.

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 929 kcal
  • 46%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 87.9 g
  • 28%
  • Cholesterol
  • 85 mg
  • 28%
  • Fat
  • 50.3 g
  • 77%
  • Fiber
  • 6.8 g
  • 27%
  • Protein
  • 36.6 g
  • 73%
  • Sodium
  • 695 mg
  • 28%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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